Graduate FAQs

General FAQs about graduate study

For FAQs about the graduate application procedure, please see Any Questions? 

Which is the most appropriate Master's course for experience of graduate work and life without firm commitment to the DPhil: the MSt or the MPhil?

I am a mature student. How welcome would my application for a postgraduate classical degree at Oxford be? What difference might my status as mature student make to my experience of graduate life?

Is it possible to read part-time for a graduate degree?

How do I choose a College?

How much difference does my choice of college make to my chance of being accepted?

Is it the college or the sub-faculty who makes decisions on applications? What criteria do they use?

What sources of graduate funding does Oxford provide? How can I find out deadlines for applications for scholarships and other grants?

Are you more likely to get a place for graduate study at Oxford if you can guarantee to fund yourself if you have to, or if the board thinks your application is likely to secure funding?

What happens if I get a place at Oxford, but am unable to secure funding?

How is the decision about who will be my supervisor made? Can I express a preference?

How many hours' contact time with my supervisor/other tutors can I expect?

What opportunities are there for graduates to gain teaching experience?

Is there a central site for seminars or socialising with other classicists?


FAQs about graduate study in Ancient History

What are Oxford's expectations of Ancient History graduates in regard to languages?

What training in ancient history do I need?

How do I choose the written work to submit for a graduate degree in Ancient History?

How do I choose a research topic for a DPhil in Ancient History?

How are subjects taught in the MSt and MPhil in Greek and/or Roman History?

Is attendance at seminars compulsory for graduates?


FAQs about graduate study in Classical Languages and Literature

I have either Latin or Greek to degree level, but not the other. Can I apply?

I want to specialise in Classical Reception in later literature. Do I still have to study the ancient languages?

What exactly is expected of the written work requested as part of the application? Should it be close in subject matter or approach to my proposed thesis topic?

Is attendance at seminars compulsory for graduates?

What importance is placed on proficiency in other modern languages? What opportunities for modern language learning are there for Oxford Classics graduates?