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Faculty of Classics

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Classics is the study of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures in their broadest sense: Greek and Latin language, literature, philosophy, ancient history, art and archaeology. It is also about where we come from and who we are today: many fundamental contemporary ideas, such as current conceptions of law, beauty and justice, come from the classical world. This breadth makes Classics at Cambridge vibrant, challenging and fun. It also makes our graduates highly marketable. In the Guardian's last two University Guides to Classics, Cambridge came top in the country overall and for 'Career Prospects'.

Cambridge is a wonderful place to study Classics, with a world-renowned set of specialists, and unique resources such as the Faculty's own Museum of Classical Archaeology and the Fitzwilliam Museum's Department of Antiquities.

Not sure what to expect from Classic at Cambridge? Our students produced this short video for prospective students explaining what they like about Classics. 

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The Faculty of Classics is open to applications! Find out more about applying to study Classics at Cambridge.

Despite the current changes to the way the university and the country operates, we are still expecting to teach incoming students in the 2021/22 academic year, and are still expecting to run a normal admissions cycle for those applying in 2021. This page will be updated with the latest information about any changes relevant to prospective applicants and students.  

Current and incoming staff and students can find the latest University Coronavirus information here.

All scheduled in-person access events have been postponed until further notice.


To find out more about studying Classics at Cambridge and the application process please visit the virtual University Open Days in September, more information can be found here. If you have any questions you can contact college Directors of Studies (a full list is here) or email


The Faculty of Classics is committed to finding students with the highest potential, from any educational background from around the globe. Please follow the links for information on the graduate and undergraduate degree courses we offer. (NB You do NOT need to have studied Latin and/or Greek at school to be accepted onto the undergraduate course.)

If you have any questions, please try the following:

  • Check out our FAQ’s here
  • For inquiries about Undergraduate admissions, e-mail

    • For inquiries about Graduate admissions, e-mail

  • If you are from outside the UK, you will find information for international students in Cambridge here.




Latest news

Corbett Lecture 2021, “Sympathy and the Problem of Nature”

6 October 2021

Professor Brooke Holmes, Princeton University, will deliver this year’s Corbett Lecture in G19 on Thursday October 21 at 5.00 p.m.

Collaboration between the Faculty of Classics and the University of Ghana

20 October 2021

We are proud to announce that the Faculty of Classics has established a collaborative link with the University of Ghana, generously funded by the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research fund. Developing new connections with Ghana promises to open up new possibilities for research and teaching, which will be beneficial for both...


19 October 2021

The podcast for Aldborough Roman Town , written and presented by Dr Rose Ferraby, is now available. See the project page for more information .

Onassis Foundation endowing a fellowship for the creation of a new post in Classics

12 October 2021

A new University post linked to Newnham will continue a College tradition of teaching, research, and taking Classics out into the wider world that goes back more than a century to Jane Harrison. Newnham College, Cambridge is launching the Onassis Classics Fellowship in order to secure a permanent position for the teaching...