Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Pass).
If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.
A first class/distinction in a UK MA/MPhil graduate programme or overseas equivalent, with evidence of expertise in your chosen classical discipline. If the institution at which the student is currently studying offers the award of a distinction in a Masters degree, we would expect a distinction to have been achieved.
Months of entry
January, October, April
The PhD is a three-year research degree, examined by a dissertation of up to 80,000 words. Candidates work independently and closely with their supervisor, a senior member of the Classics Faculty and also have a secondary supervisor. Classes are provided in specialist research skills (eg epigraphy, palaeography, numismatics, and German). When appropriate you are encouraged to work away from Cambridge, perhaps to undertake fieldwork or study manuscripts in libraries abroad.
Doctoral students spend most of their time working independently, researching their own specialist topic, but there is a wide variety of graduate seminars offered in the various subject areas (Greek and Latin Literature, Philosophy, History, Art and Archaeology, Philology and Linguistics, and Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Ancient World), and you will be encouraged to participate actively in one or more each term.
If you need to acquire any further specialist skills, you will be entitled to attend any lectures you wish from the University's extensive undergraduate lecturing programme, in Classics or any other discipline; and the Faculty currently offers training in palaeography, epigraphy, Linear B and numismatics, and classes in a range of ancient and modern languages.
Greek and Latin Literature; Ancient Philosophy; Ancient History; Classical Art and Archaeology; Classical Philosophy and Linguistics; Interdisciplinary approaches to the Ancient World.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Graduate Secretary
- 01223 335151/2
- 01223 335409