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Research Degrees

Areas in which supervision can be provided

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.

Departmental Postgraduate Awards

The Ferrar Memorial Studentship in Ancient Philology

The Ferrar Memorial Studentship will be awarded for research in the field of ancient philology (for example, Latin, Greek, Historical Linguistics). The studentship is worth €14 000 per annum, and is tenable for a maximum of 4 years, subject to satisfactory progress. Applications should be made by 1 May via the online application system (see, but candidates are strongly advised to contact the Head of Classics, Professor Monica Gale (, to indicate their wish to be considered for the award and ensure that their proposed project is suitable under the terms of the award. Applications will be assessed by the Head of the Discipline of Classics in consultation with the intended supervisor and the Professor of Greek and/or Latin, as appropriate. The Studentship may be used in part to meet annual fees at EU or non-EU rate, as applicable.

Further details of awards available

Thesis regulations as per Section 1.38 in Calendar Part III

Last updated 6 December 2017