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Classical Archaeology MSt

Key information

Qualification type

MSt - Master of Studies

Subject areas

Archaeology Of Specific Periods / Ages

Course type


Course Summary

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 Prehistoric Aegean through Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and various Roman periods to Later Antiquity), which provide broad overviews, and detailed options focusing on different specific aspects of the subject. Teaching is mainly through small-group tutorials or classes of one to five students, for which you prepare short essays on a weekly basis, supplemented by a wide range of lecture courses and graduate seminars. 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. Many graduates from the MSt in Classical Archaeology continue to further degree programmes in Classical archaeology or related fields (ancient history, museum studies) 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.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


9 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in Classical archaeology or related fields (e.g. Classics, ancient history). 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, a first-class degree or the equivalent.