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Faculty of Classics

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Above is a short video update for those people who have met their offer to study Classics at Cambridge this year - With Dr Rupert Thompson, Director of Undergraduate Studies


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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 2020/21 academic year, and are still expecting to run a normal admissions cycle for those applying for 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. For access to all our virtual content and information, check out our constantly updated Greeks, Romans, Us page.



At the bottom of this page is a short video from Professor Mary Beard on applying to study Classics at Cambridge.

To find out more about studying Classics at Cambridge and the application process please visit the virtual University Open Days on the 17th and 18th 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.


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.


Latest news

Publication of the Cambridge Greek Lexicon

13 April 2021

The much-anticipated Cambridge Greek Lexicon will be published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) on 22nd April 2021. Written by an editorial team based in the Faculty, the Cambridge Greek Lexicon , which has been twenty years in the making, covers the most widely read ancient literary texts, from Homer to the Hellenistic...

Professor Paul Cartledge receives one of Greece’s highest honours

13 April 2021

Professor Paul Cartledge, Emeritus A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, received the Commander of the Order of Honour (Ταξιάρχης τῆς Τιμῆς), for his 'contribution to enhancing Greece's stature abroad'. One of the highest honours the Greek state can give, Paul received the honour from the H. E. Ambassador to London...

Teaching Classics in the time of Covid-19

24 February 2021

Dr Renaud Gagné, Director of Undergraduate Studies, discusses the on-going challenges and adaptations made by the Faculty as the Covid-19 crisis continues and Lent term began under a renewed lockdown.

Research in Lockdown: fieldwork postponed

24 February 2021

Rachel Phillips describes some of the challenges faced during the pandemic by doctoral students engaged in full time research.