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Faculty of Classics

 

The Faculty of Classics at Cambridge seeks to admit the most intelligent and motivated applicants for its courses, whatever their background.

We offer two undergraduate courses — a three-year one for those with an A-level or equivalent in Latin, and a four-year one for those without. The two courses are equally rich and stimulating, reflecting the wide-ranging nature of the subject. Study of Latin and Greek language and literature is central to each, but on top of that you can choose from a range of aspects including ancient history, art and archaeology, linguistics, ancient philosophy, and modern responses to classical antiquity, to tailor your own curriculum. There are also a number of opportunities to travel for study trips or archaeological digs. 

Please see the University prospectus online for general information about the Classics courses, or continue to our view our dedicated pages to the four-year and three-year degrees for more specific information. If you are interested in a degree which combines either Greek or Latin with a modern language, then you may be better suited to Cambridge’s Modern and Medieval Languages course.

In this section of the website you can also find answers to Frequently Asked Questions, a description of the types of tuition you would receive, and information about open daysessay competitions run for high-school students by Cambridge colleges, and other relevant events. We welcome applications from mature candidates (i.e. anyone who would be aged 21 or older on entry), and further information on this can be found here.

We understand that this might all sound a little stuffy and daunting, which is why we've put together a separate website which highlights the opinions and experiences of our current students, and which lists events happening in the Faculty of Classics. A central tenet of this website is the belief that Classics is not just about the past, it is about how the past influences the now and how you, perhaps, could be the future of the Classical discipline. 

The University website offers further information on colleges, life at Cambridge, the application process, fees and funding, and university-wide open days and events.

 

Important information about admissions

All Classics applicants who are invited to interview are required to take a Cambridge College Registered (formerly ‘at-interview’) assessment.

Candidates who have passed, or are taking, A level Latin or the equivalent will be expected to take a single at-interview assessment, consisting of a one hour unseen Latin translation. In 2022 this will take the form of an open-book test,  sat via the University’s assessment Moodle platform.

A Greek translation test will be sat only by those who do not have Latin A level or equivalent, but do have Greek.

Further details on the 3 year course assessment can be found here 

If you are applying for the 4 year course, you will have a separate language aptitude interview.

Details and examples of all these can be found in the Classics Admissions Assessment Specification.

To note: individual colleges may set additional tests to these. Do contact the Admissions Officer at your chosen college to see if this applies to you.

 

Latest news

Regius Professorship of Greek

16 January 2023

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Tim Whitmarsh FBA has been elected Regius Professor of Greek from 1 April 2023. He is currently the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the University. Looking ahead to his new role, Professor Whitmarsh commented: ’I am thrilled and honoured to be taking up this...

Mary Beard receives THE Outstanding Achievement Award

18 November 2022

Professor Mary Beard received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards . The citation hailed how she had “broken through the ivory tower’s walls and brought her unique enthusiasm for her subject – and crucially, what it can teach us about contemporary life and politics – to the world”...

University Assistant Professorship in Classics

15 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Classics (Ancient Greek History and/or Archaeology) from 1 September 2023. The role is open to those, at any stage in their career, with a primary research interest in Archaic/Classical/Hellenistic Greek History and/or Archaeology. We welcome...

Brian Leech Memorial Fund

10 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is delighted to announce the establishment of the Brian Leech Memorial Fund. The Fund comes about thanks to a generous donation by Emma Gleave, and is made in memory of her late father, Brian Leech. Brian Leech had a long and successful career as both barrister and judge. He also greatly enjoyed classical studies – with a life-long passion for ancient Greek and Latin languages.