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How to apply

When to apply

You will be able to apply for entry in October 2018 from Friday 1 September 2017 onwards. The application deadlines for entry in 2018 are as follows:

MSt Greek and/or Roman History
MPhil Greek and/or Roman History
DPhil Ancient History
12 noon, Friday 19 January 2018
MSt Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature
MPhil Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature
DPhil Classical Languages and Literature
Application Deadline 1: 12 noon, Friday 17 November 2017
Application Deadline 2: 12 noon, Friday 19 January 2018
(see note below)

Note: 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 normally be notified of the decision on their application around 6-8 weeks earlier than those applying for Application Deadline 2. With the exception of the earlier timeframe, there is no difference in the way applications for the two deadlines are assessed.

We recommend that you contact your referees and order academic transcripts from your university's registry in good time before the application deadline. If your references, transcripts or other supporting materials are not received on time, we may be unable to consider your application.

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 submitted online. Full details of the application process can be found in the Application Guide. Before starting your application, please also consult the "How to Apply" section of the relevant course page for subject-specific guidance.

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 found on the University website.

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 you submit your application.

Decisions on applications

We expect that decisions on applications received by Application Deadline 1 (Friday 17 November 2017) will be finalised by mid-January 2018. Decisions on applications received by Application Deadline 2 (Friday 19 January 2018) will be finalised by mid-March 2018. A letter informing you of the decision on your application will be sent to you by email.

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. The decision-making timetables for different funding schemes vary, but successful candidates for funding can normally expect to be informed between late March and early 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 2018 will be required to submit documentary evidence of their fulfilment of any academic conditions to the Classics Faculty by Friday 3 August 2018. Please contact the Classics Faculty (email: in good time if you believe that you may have difficulty submitting the necessary documents to us by that date.

You will also be required to submit a financial declaration to your college as a condition of the college's offer; further information about this requirement will be given in your college offer letter.

Some graduate students will need to apply for a visa to study in the UK. Please see the University website for further information.