Taught course


University of Cambridge · School of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

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, classes and individual supervised study. It is usually possible for you to choose a course of study that reflects very closely your own interests and specialisms, selecting one of our research areas as the main focus for your dissertation and other work. One of your three essays, however, can deal with another area within the classics, or another related discipline. You can also offer an examination in a classical language, or an exercise in a specialist subject (e.g. numismatics) in place of the third essay. More information is available on the Faculty website.

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;
  • 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 and course duration


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation40 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Secretary
01223 335151/2
01223 335409