(MPhil also available)
|Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
|February and October
||January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October
January to April
Research in Greek and Latin texts include work in all the main genres in both poetry and prose, and includes philological and textual analysis as well as the relationship between texts and social and cultural contexts. We welcome applications in any area corresponding with current staff interests. These include: Greek comedy and humour studies; Greek epic and its reception; early Greek lyric; Greek tragedy; Greek historiography; Greek oratory; Latin poetry and Augustan literature; and digital classics.
If you would like to join us as a full- or part-time research student, in an area that corresponds to the research interests of one or more members of staff, please contact us for an informal preliminary discussion (details below). A well-thought-out research proposal which sets out specific research questions and your strategies for addressing them, and which outlines the originality of your topic or approach, will enhance your chances of admission. We are always glad to offer advice before application (for example on how your project might enhance existing work in the field; what facilities you would need; what ancient and/or modern language ability you need for your project; and how you could participate in the discipline’s research culture and engage with students in other universities).
Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and an MA with a minimum grade of merit. If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.
Potential research projects
- Greek epic, including Homer, Hesiod and the epic cycle
- Greek lyric
- Greek comedy and humour studies
- Greek tragedy and cultural history
- Greek and Roman historiography
- Greek oratory
- Latin poetry and Augustan literature
Current/recent research projects
- Rethinking Monsters and the Monstrous in Classical Antiquity and Beyond
- Audience Sensory Experience in Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War
- Virgil’s Treatment of Augustus and Claudian’s Treatment of Stilicho.
Fees and funding
|Full time: £4,500 per year
||Full time: £11,426 per year
|Part time: £2,250 per year
||Part time: £5,715 per year
Some of our research students are funded via the Open‐Oxford‐Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.
For detailed information about fees and funding, and to see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, visit Fees and studentships.