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Classical Archaeology MPhil

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

21 months

Start date

OCT

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Archaeology Of Specific Periods / Ages

Course type

Research

Course Summary

About the course

The MPhil in Classical Archaeology is designed for those interested in continuing to a doctorate in Classical archaeology, and for those with experience in other areas of classical studies wishing to develop an understanding of the material culture.

The MPhil combines the flexibility of the MSt in Classical Archaeology, which allows you to choose from a wide range of broad periods - from Prehistoric Aegean through Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and various Roman periods to Later Antiquity - and detailed options, with the opportunity to research a topic of your choice in the form of a 25,000-word thesis.

In the first year, at least one period option must be chosen, and one subject option, while the choice for the third option can be from either group. You may also be allowed to study an unlisted topic within Classical archaeology, or directly related to it, provided that the topic is appropriate and teaching is available, or a subject from among those offered in a number of cognate disciplines. In the second year, you take a fourth taught subject from within Classical archaeology, and work on your thesis.

Assessment

The three subject options are examined by pairs of pre-set essays of up to 5,000 words, submitted early in the following term, and the period paper, which is the focus of the final term of the first year, is assessed by written three-hour examination at the end of that term. The thesis subject is decided by the end of the first year, with any fieldwork taking place in the long vacation, and the research and writing occupy the second and third terms of the second year. There is also a compulsory viva voce examination for each year of the course, which is held in week 9 of Trinity Term.

Graduate destinations

Most graduates from the MPhil in Classical Archaeology continue to further degree programmes in Classical Archaeology either at Oxford or at leading universities elsewhere, predominantly in the UK and the USA. Others find careers in education, museums, commercial archaeology and the heritage industry.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£13,600

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)

£25,900

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications. a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in Classical archaeology or related fields (eg Classics, ancient history). However, entrance is very competitive and most successful applicants have a first-class degree. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0. However, entrance is very competitive and most successful applicants have a GPA of 3.7 or above.