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Graduate Courses in Classics and Ancient History

MSt and MPhil in Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature

The one-year MSt is the normal course for our Master's Students, and the one which we recommend unless there are particular reasons for preferring the two-year MPhil. For further details of these programmes, entry requirements and application procedures, please see the Graduate Admissions website:

Reception Studies

The MSt and MPhil in Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature also offer opportunities for you to specialise in the study of reception. You will take ‘Reception: Theory and Methods' plus two other options, one of which may (and in the MPhil must) be a dissertation. Those further options may be chosen from the full range of options set out in the course handbook or may be defined to suit your particular interests. A typical combination, therefore, would be:

1) ‘Reception: Theory and Methods’

2) A dissertation on a freely chosen reception topic

3) A further option on a freely chosen reception topic (which may or may not be related to your dissertation topic).

Oxford Classics has a strong presence in reception studies, with regular seminars, conferences and guest lectures, and is home to the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama.

DPhil in Classical Languages and Literature

Either an MSt or MPhil in Classics will prepare you for Doctoral study. If you have a Master's qualification from another University then you can apply directly for the DPhil.

For further details of the DPhil programme, as well as entry requirements and application procedures, please see the Graduate Admissions website.

MSt and MPhil in Greek and/or Roman History

The two-year MPhil, a research training degree designed to equip students with a range of both knowledge and skills, is the course taken by the majority of our Master’s students. The one-year MSt is designed primarily for those students who wish to prepare for doctoral work but for whom a shorter course makes sense. For further details of these programmes, entry requirements and application procedures, please see the Graduate Admissions website:

DPhil in Ancient History

Either an MSt or MPhil in Ancient History will prepare you for Doctoral study; however, the MPhil is the most common route for students from Oxford. If you have a Master's qualification from another University then you can apply directly for the DPhil. For further information about the DPhil, please see the Graduate Admissions website.

Which is the right course for you?

If you are uncertain about your choice between the MPhil and the MSt, do not worry: if you apply for one of these Master's courses but we feel that the other would be more appropriate, we will tell you. Either course can serve as a basis for doctoral work.

If you already have or are already taking a Master's degree, then you can apply to begin doctoral research directly.