How to apply
When to apply
Applications for entry in October 2017 will be accepted from 1 September 2016 onwards. The application deadlines for entry in 2017 will be:
||Application Deadline 1
||Application Deadline 2
DPhil in Classical Languages & Literature
MSt/MPhil in Greek and/or Latin Languages & Literature
Friday 18 November 2016, 12 noon GMT
Friday 20 January 2017, 12 noon GMT
DPhil in Ancient History
MSt/MPhil in Greek and/or Roman History
n/a - all applications will be considered in Application Deadline 2
Friday 20 January 2017, 12 noon GMT
Applications for programmes in Classical Languages & Literature will be considered in two "gathered fields". Candidates who submit their complete applications by Application Deadline 1 will be notified of the decision on their application around 6-8 weeks earlier than those applying for Application Deadline 2.
Please contact your referees and order academic transcripts from your university's registry in good time before the application deadline. We may be unable to assess your application if your references, transcripts or other mandatory supporting materials are not received on time.
You are strongly encouraged to
submit your online application well in advance of the
deadline and to use the Graduate Applicant Self Service system to check that your application is complete, allowing yourself plenty of time to rectify any problems such as missing or invalid supporting materials.
Submitting your application
All applications are made online. Full details of the application process can be found in the Application Guide. Please also consult the "How to Apply" section of the relevant course page before starting your application.
All postgraduate students in Classics are members of an Oxford College
as well as of the University. You may state a college preference on your
application form if you wish. Further information about choosing a college may be
After submitting your application, you can use the Graduate Applicant Self Service system to view a PDF of
your application, check the status of your supporting materials and
references and resend email notifications to your referees.
Assessment of your application
All applications are assessed by two or more members of academic staff with relevant expertise and experience. The admissions criteria for each programme of study may be found on the relevant course page of the Graduate Admissions website.
Interviews do not normally form part of the admissions procedure. However, you are welcome to make contact with the Director of Graduate Studies, and visits to Oxford can be arranged either before or after an application is submitted.
Decisions on applications
We expect that decisions on applications received by Application Deadline 1 (Friday 18 November 2016) will be announced by mid-January 2017. Decisions on applications received by Application Deadline 2 (Friday 20 January 2017) are expected to be announced by mid-March 2017.
Successful candidates for funding awards will be notified separately after receiving their offer from the Faculty. Funding decisions are finalised after the announcement of decisions on applications received in Application Deadline 2. Most scholarships in Classics are awarded between March and June.
What happens next
If your application to the Faculty is successful, you will also receive an offer from a college.
If there are any academic conditions attached to your offer, these will be specified in your offer letter from the Faculty. Applicants for entry in October 2017 must submit documentary evidence of their fulfilment of any academic conditions to the Classics Faculty by Friday 28 July 2017. Please contact the Classics Faculty (email: email@example.com) in good time if you believe that you may have difficulty submitting the necessary documents to us by that date.
Some graduate students will need to apply for a visa to study in the UK. Please see the University website for further information.