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Classical Archaeology MSt

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Study mode

Full time


9 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSt - Master of Studies

Subject areas

Archaeology Of Specific Periods / Ages

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

The MSt in Classical Archaeology is designed for those who wish to build on undergraduate studies in Classical archaeology, as well as for those with experience in other areas of Classical studies wishing to develop an understanding of the material culture.

The MSt provides the flexibility to allow you to choose from a wide range of periods (from the Prehistoric Aegean through the Iron Age, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and various Roman periods to Late Antiquity), which provide broad overviews, and detailed options focusing on different specific aspects of the subject. At least one period option and one subject option must be chosen, 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. If you are seeking a broader course then you may, if you wish, select the third subject from among those offered by a number of cognate disciplines.


These subject options are examined by pairs of pre-set essays, submitted early in the following term, or students may choose to prepare a 10,000 word dissertation in place of one subject, submitted in the middle of the final term (Trinity term).

The final term is devoted to the broad study of a particular period, which is assessed by written three-hour examination at the end of the term. There is also a compulsory viva voce examination for the whole course.

Graduate destinations

Many graduates from the MSt in Classical Archaeology continue to further degree programmes in Classical archaeology or related fields (ancient history, museum studies) 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 (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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 or equivalent. 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.