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Course Structure: Preliminary Examinations (Prelims)

There are two versions of this course, one in which the first exam is the Modern Languages Preliminary (taken after three terms), the other in which it is Classics Mods (taken after five terms); there are then either six or seven further terms of study at Oxford before Finals (plus a year abroad).

Course version: Modern Languages Prelimary

If you take the Modern Languages Preliminary you will take papers on the language and literature of either Latin or Greek (or both), and on one modern language and its literature.

One modern language plus Latin and/or Greek.
I. Language paper I in the modern language (three hours).
II. Language paper II in the modern language (in two parts of 90 minutes each).
III. Literature paper I in the modern language (three hours).
IV. Literature paper II in the modern language (three hours).
V. Unseen translation from Latin and/or Greek (three hours).
VI. Latin and/or Greek prescribed books: essay questions(three hours).
VII. Latin and/or Greek prescribed books: translation and comment (three hours).

Please see the Exam regulations for full details.

Course version: Classics Mods

Classics Mods involves only Latin and/or Greek; after Mods you take up your modern language again, adding it to your continuing work in Classics.

Classics Mods course structure.

(If you are taking Classics Mods, the tutor in your modern language may wish you to keep up your study of that language during the first five terms, in addition to your study of Latin and/or Greek; but this will not form any part of your syllabus for Mods, which is exclusively in Classics -  Likewise, if you learn Latin or Greek in a preparatory year with a view to sitting the Modern Languages Preliminary at the end of the second year, the tutor in your modern language may wish you to keep up your study of that language during the first three terms).