Classical Languages and Literature

University of Oxford
In Oxford

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Important information

Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Oxford
Start Different dates available
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Oxford
  • Start:
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As you embark on a research degree in a humanities subject at Oxford you are assigned a supervisor, who will guide and support you through your research. You are also assigned a college adviser, whose main role is to provide pastoral care and support. In addition, training and support in developing subject-specific research skills and for personal and professional development are provided by the faculty, the Humanities Division, IT Services, the Bodleian Libraries and the Careers Service.The choice of a thesis subject and title is normally the result of a process of discussion in which you and your supervisor play a joint role. Relatively few titles are directly assigned by supervisors. Supervisors usually prefer to make suggestions in the light of your interests, temperament and style of work, as these become clearer. The title should emerge by progressive definition over the period of probation and be put forward in time for the Graduate Studies Committee to give it proper consideration.


Where and when

Starts Location
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Wellington Square, OX1 2JD, Oxfordshire, England
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Starts Different dates available
Wellington Square, OX1 2JD, Oxfordshire, England
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What you'll learn on the course


Course programme

The supervisor will be drawn from the Oxford Classics Faculty. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise, the faculty presented the largest number of academics in UK Classics (71). 47% of the submission was rated 4* (World-Leading) and 34% 3* (Internationally Excellent), giving the faculty by far the highest quantity of 4* or 3* research in UK Classics.

  • MSt in Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature
  • MPhil in Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature
  • DPhil in Ancient History
  • MSt in Greek and/or Roman History
  • MPhil in Greek and/or Roman History
  • MSt in Classical Archaeology
  • MPhil in Classical Archaeology
  • MSt in Ancient Philosophy
  • MSt in Women's Studies

Examples of recent DPhil thesis topics are available on the Classics website.

When details on graduate destinations were last collected, the faculty found that an unusually high percentage of their successful DPhil students (56%) were in university teaching or research posts five years after finishing their doctorates. Others go into a variety of occupations, including teaching, publishing, administration, business and other professions.

Changes to the course

The University will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.

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