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Brian Hill, an international student, originally from New Jersey, discusses his experiences as an M.Phil student in the Classics Department.

Taught M.Phil in Classics

DPTHH-CLAS-1F09 (full-time)
DPTHH-CLAS-1P09 (part-time)

M.Phil. in Classics Studies Course Handbook - Please note that module choices change from year to year

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.

Full-time option

Taken as a full-time course, the M.Phil. lasts for 12 months, starting in September. Teaching is spread over 24 weeks from September to the following April. Students are expected to be resident in Dublin working on their M.Phil. dissertation until the end of June (Statutory Term). The course consists of a combination of compulsory and optional components that together make up the 90 ECTS expected for full-time study over one academic year at Masters Level.

Compulsory Components (50 ECTS):

Taught Module Options (40 ECTS)

Students take 40 credits comprised of EITHER one beginner’s language plus one other taught module per term OR two taught modules per term.

Part-time option

Students taking the course on a part-time basis do so over two years. Part-time students must pass taught modules carrying 40 credits, including the compulsory module CL7004 Classics Research Skills (20 credits), in their first year in order to progress to the second year. In their second year they must pass taught modules carrying 20 credits and submit the dissertation by 31st August.

Fees information

Awards and Studentships

In 2018-19 all applicants will automatically be considered for the following awards:

  1. The Constantia Maxwell Faculty Studentship, with a value of 5000 euro is offered to a student in any of the School's MPhil programmes. This may be put towards fees or living expenses.
  2. The School of Histories and Humanities also offers one bursary of 1000 euro, to be deducted from the course fees, for each of its seven MPhil programmes.

Awards will be made on academic merit. All completed applications with an unconditional offer by the deadline of June 30th, 2018 will be considered.

How To Apply

Further information

If you have questions, please contact the programme coordinator: Dr Shane Wallace.

The Taught M.Phil. in Classics can be studied full-time for one year or part-time for two years.

Admission requirements:
2.i/GPA 3.3 in relevant subject

Deadline for applications for 2018/19:
3oth June 2018.

Dr Shane Wallace

Last updated 6 June 2018