Research course


University of Cambridge · Faculty of Classics

Entry requirements

A first-class or high 2:1 degree, or equivalent, with evidence of expertise in your chosen classical discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Primarily a training in research but also designed to complement and complete undergraduate study in Classics, teaching for this course is provided in the form of seminars, lectures, classes and individual supervised study. It is usually possible for students to follow a course of study that reflects very closely their own interests and specialisms, selecting one of our research areas as the main focus for the dissertation and other work. One of the three essays, however, can deal with another area within the classics, or another related discipline. Students can also offer an examination in a classical language or an exercise in a specialist subject (eg numismatics) in place of the third essay.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should have:

  • developed a deeper knowledge of their chosen area of Classics and of the critical debates within it;
  • come to a conceptual understanding that enables the evaluation of current research and methodologies;
  • acquired or consolidated linguistic, technical and ancillary skills appropriate for research in their chosen area;
  • demonstrated independent judgement, based on their own research;
  • presented their own ideas in a public forum and learned to contribute constructively within an international environment.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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