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MPhil and PhD research

Our innovative MPhil and PhD in Classics and Ancient History allows you to immerse yourself in a chosen research field.

We welcome applications across our areas of specialism. Before applying formally, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Caroline Petit, to discuss your research area. We can advise you on the best supervisor and help to refine your proposal before you submit your final application.

All PhD candidates are initially admitted to the MPhil, and upgraded to full PhD status after a formal revision of progress, usually after one year of full-time study.

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PhD (80,000 word thesis, 4 years full-time; 7 years part-time)

The PhD is defined by the University regulations as follows:

'The thesis will constitute a substantial original contribution to knowledge which is, in principle, worthy of peer-reviewed publication. The thesis will be clearly and concisely written, well argued, and will show a satisfactory knowledge of both primary and secondary sources. In addition, it will contain a full bibliography and, where appropriate, a description of the methods and techniques used in the research.'


MPhil (60,000-word dissertation, 2 years full-time; 4 years part-time)

The MPhil is defined by the University regulations as follows:

''The thesis will constitute an original contribution to knowledge. It will be clearly and concisely written, well argued, and will show a satisfactory knowledge of both primary and secondary sources. In addition, it will contain a full bibliography and, where appropriate, a description of the methods and techniques used in the research.'

Key facts

Entry requirements: A First or high upper Second Class degree in Classics/Ancient History/Archaeology and to have or be expecting to achieve at least a high merit mark on a Master’s degree in a relevant subject to be considered for entry; standard offers for successful applicants will typically be conditional on achieving a merit mark in a Master’s degree (where applicable)

Duration: 3-4 years full-time, up to 7 years part-time

Qualification: MPhil or PhD

  • Course Code: P-Q8P0

Contact: Caroline Petit, Director of Graduate Studies