Masters degrees in Classical Archaeology

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The School of Archaeology offers two masters degrees in Classical Archaeology for those who wish to develop and focus their knowledge of classical archaeology.  The Master of Studies (MSt) is a nine-month, full time taught course (equivalent to an Master of Arts (MA) in other institutions), and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a 21-month, full time taught course with a much greater degree of student-led research in the second year.  Both degrees provide 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. 

Not only do these taught degrees offer the opportunity for students to build on their knowledge from undergraduate studies, they also offer an excellent foundation for those wishing to continue towards research at doctoral level.

See the following pages for full details on the structure and subject listings for the MSt and MPhil degrees.

Structure and assessment of MSt and MPhil


MSt or first year MPhil  candidates are required to study the following:

  • 1 x Period subject (usually studied in Trinity Term and assessed by unseen written paper at the end of Trinity Term):
  • 2 x Option subjects (studied in Michaelmas and Hilary Term and assessed by 2 x 5,000 (max.) word essays, or, in exceptional cases for M.St. candidates only, a dissertation of no more than 10k (max.) words may be substituted in lieue of one set of paired essays.


MPhil candidates in their second year are required to study:

  • 1 x Option subject (studied in Michaelmas or Hilary Term) and assessed by 2 x 5,000 (max.) word essays at start of the following term; and
  • 1 x Thesis of no more than 25,000 words to be submitted in Trinity Term.


Useful documents/links

The above links will take you to the most current documents which will be updated throughout the course of the academic year.