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Research Degrees

The Department of Classics offers research supervision in most areas of Classical Studies. Students may register for a range of taught modules in the context of the structured PhD (3-4 years) or MLitt (2 years), and are enrolled in a compulsory research training module. Senior postgraduate students may also have the opportunity to gain teaching experience within the Department.


Entry Requirements

Normally an Upper Second class mark in the primary degree is the minimum condition for postgraduate registration in the Department of Classics. All research students are examined by thesis only, but successful completion of certain components in the undergraduate programme may be required as a condition of registration.

Students proposing to carry out research into a literary topic will normally be expected to have studied the relevant language to at least Intermediate level; confirmation on the PhD register may be made conditional on successful completion of specific modules in Greek or Latin. The minimum requirement for research into a topic in Ancient History or 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.

Funding Opportunities

A variety of funding opportunities are available to research students in the School of Histories and Humanities. Our students have a good track record of securing competitive funding from both College and external sources (further information may be found here). In addition, the Department of Classics offers a Ferrar Memorial Studentship in Classical Philology, worth €14,000 per annum and tenable for a maximum of 4 years, subject to satisfactory progress. Applications should be made by 31 May via graduate studies, 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.

Research Supervision

Research supervision is available in the following areas:

  • Republican Latin, esp. Lucilius; the transmission of Latin texts from antiquity to the early modern period; Early Latin language (Anna Chahoud)
  • Archaic and Classical Greek literature and/or philosophy (esp. from the Presocratics to Plato); the anthropology of the ancient Greek world; the reception of ancient Greek thought (Ashley Clements)
  • Greek literature, including epic, tragedy, Hellenistic, Imperial and Late Antique poetry; ancient literary criticism; reception and translation studies (Martine Cuypers)
  • Roman material culture, art and architecture (Hazel Dodge)
  • Latin literature, especially Late Republican/Augustan poetry; Roman Epicureanism; gender and sexuality in Roman culture (Monica Gale)
  • Aegean Bronze Age, including ceramics, art and religion (goddesses, healing/medicine); gender in archaeology; historiography and reception of Minoan Crete; digital technologies in archaeology (Christine Morris)
  • Greek history (Classical and Hellenistic); epigraphy; historiography; Diodorus Siculus; Alexander the Great; ancient empires (Shane Wallace)