Specific Departmental Requirements
Normally an Upper Second class mark in the primary degree is the minimum condition for post-graduate registration in the School of Classics. All research students are examined by thesis only.
No taught courses are offered, but completion of certain components in the undergraduate programme may be required as a condition of registration. The minimum requirement for research into a literary topic is a pass in the beginners' (JF B) course in either Greek or Latin, and subsequently a pass at Upper Second level in an examination on one of the prescribed authors in the A course (or equivalent). The minimum requirement for research into a topic in Classical archaeology is a pass in the beginners' (JF B) course in either Greek or Latin. Candidates undertaking research in a non-classical area of archaeology are not required to study Greek or Latin, but instead they may be required to gain proficiency in an extra modern language or relevant technical skill.
The Department also welcomes one year visiting postgraduates (not registered for a degree) wishing to improve their language skills in preparation for graduate work.
Methods of Study
Candidates are assigned to a supervisor, and it is expected that regular contact will be maintained between them. For topics of an inter-disciplinary nature there is provision for a co-supervisor to be appointed from another Department. Research in the humanities is by definition a somewhat solitary occupation, and the School of Classics strongly encourages the development of an esprit de corps within the Classics graduate body.