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MPhil in Classical Art and Archaeology

MPhil. specialising in Classical Art & Archaeology

The Faculty of Classics in Cambridge is one of the world’s leading centres for the study of the art and archaeology of Greece and Rome. With a long and distinguished history and an outstanding range of intellectual and working resources, it provides a powerhouse that generates pioneering innovatory research in the field of Classical art history and archaeology.

Our strengths include Classical art history, theory and practice of survey archaeology (from the prehistoric Aegean to Roman Italy and the provinces), iconography, reception studies, numismatics (coins and monetary history), reception studies (from the Renaissance to our own day), collecting and museum displays.

The teaching of students for the MPhil seeks to combine archaeological theory, hands-on-experience, and innovative approaches to the study of ancient art. There are also classes intended to introduce caucus members to a range of research skills: Greek and Roman numismatics; coinage and ancient monetary history; Roman pottery; and Classics and museums.

Teaching is structured around a weekly graduate seminar and the one-on-one supervision of individual students, lead by the Faculty's D Caucus staff: Dr Tiziana D’Angelo, Dr Yannis Galanakis, Dr Alessandro Launaro, Professor Martin Millett, Dr Nigel Spivey, Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill and Dr Caroline Vout. Students also benefit from the wide range of seminars and conferences organised at the Division of Archaeology and at the McDonald institute for Archaeological Research.

Underlying the Faculty’s interdisciplinary approach to classics, there is a regular work-in-progress seminar series organized by graduate students themselves, without regard to caucus affiliation. Separate from these graduate seminars, the caucus research seminar series is open to both established academics and younger scholars, providing a critical platform for discussion and debate.

Our art and archaeology graduates are preferentially sought for appointments in universities throughout Britain and America, while their publications have generated a worldwide response. Our alumni include, among many others, Susan Alcock (Ann Arbor), John Bennet (British School at Athens), Cyprian Broodbank (Cambridge), Giovanna Ceserani (Stanford), Jaś Elsner (Oxford), Thomas Gallant (Florida), Jonathan Hall (Chicago), Kritstina Jacobsen (Copenhagen), Catherine Morgan (Oxford), Ian Morris (Stanford), Lisa Nevett (Ann Arbor), Gillian Shepherd (Birmingham), Michael Squire (London), Peter Stewart (Oxford), Jeremy Tanner (London) and James Whitley (Cardiff). 

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To apply for an MPhil. in Classical Art and Archaeology you apply for the MPhil. in Classics. Your final certificate and transcript can reflect the specialisation in art and archaeology.


Course Structure & Requirements

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