Taught M.Phil in Classics
CLOSING DATE FOR MPHIL APPLICATIONS EXTENDED TO 30 JUNE 2013
THREE STUDENTSHIPS FOR THE MPHIL IN CLASSICS IN 2013-14
The Department of Classics, Trinity College Dublin is pleased to announce three awards for our one year taught MPhil in Classics. These awards are open to all new applicants for the academic year 2013-14. The studentships will offer coverage of fees at the EU rate.
Further information on how to apply for the studentships
1. Course Outline
The Taught Masters in Classics at Trinity College is designed both for those who are already fully trained in the Classical languages, and for those who have completed non-language based degrees. The course aims to provide students with a grounding in postgraduate research skills in Classics and to hone the analytical, written, and verbal communication skills that are highly valued and effective in careers outside the university and education sectors. While the Research Skills modules offers instruction in the methodologies and approaches to the study of the ancient world, the Taught modules and the Dissertation offer students the opportunity to begin to specialise in a particular strand of Classical scholarship, literary, philosophical, historical or archaeological. The Taught Masters thereby provides an essential basis for further research in the discipline.
The course is full-time for the duration of one calendar year, commencing in September, and concluding the following September.
The specific aims are:
- To ensure that students have a sound knowledge of the traditional and technical resources available to scholars in this field: specific library collections, IT, databases, specialised research resources for language/archaeology.
- To ensure that students acquire the necessary independent research skills: information retrieval, the ability to formulate research topics, to make oral presentations, and to present the results of their research in a sustained argument in the written format of a dissertation.
- To provide an introduction to the methodologies and theoretical approaches of the major strands of research in the Classical field i.e. literature, material culture, documentary records, history, philosophy.
- To offer students the opportunity, in taught courses or reading modules, to pursue one or more of these strands at the highest level of intellectual demand.
- To expose students to the scholarly process as evidenced in all departmental research seminars and special lectures.
Students are expected to attend all taught components of the programme.
This is a one-year, full-time, course based on a combination of assigned coursework, assessed in a variety of ways, and a dissertation.
Applicants will normally be expected to have a first or upper second class Honors degree 2.1 (or equivalent e.g. GPA of 3.3) in a relevant area. Applicants may be asked for examples of recent written work. Knowledge of Greek or Latin is not required, but students hoping later to pursue a research degree in fields where the written record provides our main sources, will be strongly encouraged to acquire language skills.