Entry requirements

Students applying to enter directly into the MPhil/PhD programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in Classics and Ancient History, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The Department prides itself on its vigorous research culture spanning the breadth of the Classical world and its neighbours, with methodological strengths in the various fields of literature, language, history, archaeology and philosophy. Our academic staff have a broad range of expertise and ground-breaking research interests, much of which (but not all) falling within the remit of our three research centres:

We have a real research culture at Exeter, with international conferences and regular publications. We hope that you will become part of that culture and add to our research strength.

Department specialisms

Ancient and modern philosophy, especially ethics; Classical art and archaeology; Classics in the history of sexuality; Comparative philology and linguistics; Food in the ancient world; Greek and Roman epic, tragedy and comedy; Greek and Roman mythology, religion and magic; Greek and Roman social history, especially sexuality; Hellenistic history, especially the barbarian interface and the Greek culture of Asia ; Minor and dynastic studies; History of medicine in antiquity, especially Galen; Later Greek literature, including Lucian, Athenaeus, ecphrasis; Latin literature; Palaeography

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.


Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Learn more about available funding on the course page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72-84 months
distance learning
36-84 months
full time
36-48 months


part time
48-60 months
full time
24-36 months
distance learning
24-60 months

Course contact details

College of Humanities Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1392 725306