The Master's degrees in Classical Archaeology include a one-year Master of Studies (MSt) and a two-year Master of Philosophy (MPhil). Candidates for the MSt and the first year of the MPhil choose three subjects as set out under Course Subjects, while the second-year MPhil students take a fourth taught subject and prepare a dissertation of not more than 25,000 words. MSt students may elect to prepare a 10,000-word dissertation in place of one subject.
This scheme allows candidates to choose from a wide range of periods (from Prehistoric Aegean to Later Antiquity) and many different aspects of the subject (see lists). Candidates may also be allowed study an unlisted topic within Classical Archaeology, or directly related to it, provided that the topic is appropriate and teaching is available. Those who are seeking a broader course may, if they wish, select as one subject from among those offered in any of the following MSt courses (subject to availability of teaching): Byzantine Studies, Classical Literature, European Archaeology, Greek and Roman History, History of Art, Women's Studies, World Archaeology.
Teaching is mainly through small-group tutorials or classes of 1-4, supplemented by a wide range of lecture courses. Not all courses listed may be available every year.
For the MSt and the first year of the MPhil students take three options. At least one period option must be chosen from List A and a subject option from List B. The third subject can be taken either from the same lists, or from among any of the subjects offered for the MSt degrees in Byzantine Studies, Classical Literature, European Archaeology, Greek and Roman History, History of Art, Women's Studies, World Archaeology. Typically, students choose one period and two subjects. Where appropriate, a specially defined subject, not listed below, may be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Archaeology, provided that suitable teaching is available. Alternatively, MSt students can prepare a 10,000-word thesis in place of the second or third subject.
The academic year has three terms, and the period from List A is taught in the third term, the other two subjects in the first two terms. Typically, the subjects are chosen from those on List B being offered in any given term by the academic staff in classical archaeology. Each staff member offers a different subject in his or her areas of specialism in each of the first two terms; so students normally choose from about 8 different subjects each term, covering major topics from the Bronze Age to the Late Roman period.
one subject, chosen from List A, will be examined by a written 3-hour unseen paper with a choice of questions
the second subject will normally be examined by a pair of 5,000-word preset essays or the candidate may chose to substitute a 10,000-word dissertation on an approved topic
the third subject will normally be examined by a further pair of 5,000-word pre-set essays
a viva voce examination
the first year examination (as for MSt, but without the option of a dissertation) must be passed to qualify for the second year
the second year is examined in one further subject chosen from those listed for the MSt, normally by a pair of 5,000-word preset essays, and by a compulsory 25,000-word thesis which counts as two elements
a viva voce examination
For the one-year MSt degree a thesis of up to 10,000 words on an approved topic is optional. For the two-year M.Phil degree submission of a thesis of up to 25,000 words on an approved topic is required.
Recent MPhil thesis titles include:
Bronze Age Collapse: Textual and Archaeological Evidence for the end of the Mycenaean World
Vase Paintings from the Aegean in the Twelfth Century BC (Late Helladic IIIC Middle)
Shifting Identities: Interregional Exchange and Ports of Trade in the Mediterranean World during the 8th and 7th Centuries BC.
The Polychromy of Hellenistic Terracotta Figurines.
Statues of women in the Hellenistic polis
The Iconology of Macedonian Tomb Paintings
The Utilisation of classical motifs by the Austrian Habsburgs: 1685-1792.
Gesture in Hellenistic and Early Imperial Art
Construction Man-power for Imperial Building in Trajanic Rome
Roman exploitation of the eastern desert of Egypt
Harbour Cities and Merchant Communities in the Roman Mediterranean 100BC - AD 300
Reconstructing the Roman Diet and Its Economic Implications: A faunal analysis of Roman Dorchester
Aspects of Housing in the Late Roman World: The Architecture and Decoration of Villas