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MPhil Classical Archaeology

Catalog id : TP_CLCR1
 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1.75 Years
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 Tuition fee

16280 GBP
7185 GBP
7185 GBP

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School of Archaeology
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this 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.

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.

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Eligibility Criteria

1. Academic ability

Proven and potential academic excellence

  • 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 (eg 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.
  • No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.

References/letters of recommendation 

  • Your references will support academic achievement, and potential for graduate study and research.
  • Academic references are generally preferred.
  • One professional reference is acceptable, but in cases where more than one such reference is sought you should contact the department to explain why this is necessary.

Written work produced by the student

  • Two pieces of written work in English, of approximately 2,500 words each, are required.
  • These can be undergraduate essays or excerpts from a longer work such as chapters from a dissertation, in which case they should be prefaced by a note which puts them in context. 
  • This will be assessed for ability to assess evidence, derive logical conclusions, and write in a scholarly and lucid manner. 
  • It is not necessary that these relate directly to Classical archaeology.

Statement of purpose/personal statement

Students should provide a personal statement of no more than 300 words, explaining in English why they want to study this particular master’s course, focusing on academic rather than personal achievements, interests and aspirations. A clearly set out and well-documented research proposal (of up to two pages) in English can be also included.

This will be assessed for:

  • evidence of motivation for and understanding of the proposed area of study
  • your reasons for applying
  • the coherence of the proposal
  • the ability to present a reasoned case in English
  • capacity for sustained and intense work
  • reasoning ability.

English Language Requirement:


IELTS Academic

  • Minimum Score: 7.0
  • Minimum 6.5 per component


  • Minimum Score: 100
  • Minimum component scores: Listening (22), Reading (24),Speaking (25), Writing (24)

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE):

  • Minimum Score: 185
  • Minimum 176 per component
  • CPE taken before Jan 2015: Grade C

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE):

  • Minimum Score: 185
  • Minimum 176 per component
  • CAE taken before Jan 2015:Grade B

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Course Modules

  • Aegean Area, 2000-1100 BC Dr 
  • Early Iron Age Greece, 1200-700 BC 
  • Archaic, 800-480 BC 
  • Classical, 500-300 BC 
  • Hellenistic, 330-30 BC
  • Late Republican, 200-30 BC
  • Early Imperial, 30BC-AD 120
  • Middle Imperial, AD 70-250 
  • Late Antiquity, AD 280-650 
  • Byzantine, AD 600-1453

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How to Apply

You may find it useful to make contact with an academic member of staff prior to submitting your application. 

The set of materials you should send with an application to this MPhil comprises:

  • a statement of purpose/personal statement of 300 words
  • a CV/résumé
  • three references
  • official transcripts detailing your university-level qualifications and marks to date
  • two relevant academic essays or other writing samples from your most recent qualification of 2,500 words each, or 2,500-word extracts of longer work.

A clearly set-out and well-documented research proposal (of up to two pages) in English can be also included with the statement of purpose.

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