The course will be of one calendar year's duration. It will comprise six modules taught during Michaelmas and Hilary Terms, and a research project written up in a dissertation. Four of the six modules are core courses each of 18 hours duration*. The remaining two modules are options each of 18 hours duration and selected by the students and taught in the Hilary Term**. The taught modules will therefore be organized as follows:
Michaelmas Term: 3 core courses running throughout the term * = 7 hours per week
Hilary Term: 2 options each of 18 hours duration plus 1 core course of 22 hours duration ** = 6 hours per week
Summer Period: work towards dissertation. The choice of dissertation topic and preliminary work will take place in Hilary Term.
Total no. of contact hours (excluding supervision of dissertation and language courses): 90 or more depending upon choice of course.
*Exception: some of the language core courses will comprise more than 18 hours and, in the case of Old Irish, will run over two terms.
**Exception: all of the options offered in Irish run for 24 hours over the full 2 terms, i.e. for the full academic year. Dantean Echoes, which is a Comparative Literature option offered to students on this MPhil, runs in Michaelmas Term.