Classics and Modern Languages

Latin inscriptions and Roman letters. (Image credit: Shutterstock).
Latin inscriptions and Roman letters. (Image credit: Shutterstock).

Classics and Modern Languages

Classics and Modern Languages enables you to combine study of either one or both of Latin and Ancient Greek with a modern language. The course involves extensive study of major literary texts alongside training in linguistic skills. The Greeks and Romans were active in all the countries covered by the available languages. Studying this course helps to give you greater access to the ancient cultures, as well as a chance to examine how it has been received into the modern one. The option of a year abroad helps bring the course to life even more.

Most CML students complete a five-year course, in which they spend their first five terms working towards Honour Moderations in Classics, keeping up with their modern language through language classes.

Alternatively, you can opt for a four-year course, in which you spend the first three terms working towards the Preliminary Examination in Modern Languages. The Prelims exam includes written papers in both your chosen Classical language and your modern language. Students taking Prelims who have not studied Ancient Greek or Latin to A-level (or equivalent) spend an additional preliminary year studying one of these languages intensively; your degree course lasts five years.

After Mods or Prelims, you spend the remaining 9 or 10 terms (including the year abroad) working towards the final examination, "Honour School of Classics and Modern Languages". It is possible to take up a second Classical language at this point if you wish.

For further information on the papers you can take at Prelims and Finals, please follow the links above. Please see Honour Moderations in Classics for details of the papers that you study if you take Mods.

UCAS Course codes: various see

Course length: 4 or 5 years
Course requirements: Latin and / or Greek to A-Level (or equivalent) for Course I, no ancient language requirements for Classics II.
Modern language: for Celtic, Czech or Modern Greek no previous experience is required. For French, German, Russian or Spanish students would usually be expected to have the language to A-level, Advanced higher, Higher level in IB or another academic equivalent. For Italian, students may come with no experience but would be expected to work on their Italian before coming up to Oxford. For Portuguese, most candidates apply as complete beginners but would be expected to work on their Portuguese before coming up to Oxford.
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