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How to apply

When to apply

Please note: we are no longer accepting applications for entry in October 2017.

Applications for entry in October 2018 will be accepted from 1 September 2017 onwards. The application deadlines for entry in 2018 will be 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

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 found here.

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 17 November 2017) will be announced by mid-January 2017. Decisions on applications received by Application Deadline 2 (Friday 19 January 2018) 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 27 July 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.

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