MPhil in Classics @Trinity College Dublin

Modern-Irish-HistoryClassics at Trinity has a long and distinguished history, numbering Oscar Wilde among its famous past students. Our Department is unique in Ireland in having separate Chairs in Greek and in Latin to complement its wide range of staff specialisms, and for the past 6 years, we have made this expertise available to Masters students in an M.Phil programme that fully reflects the exciting multi-disciplinary nature of Classics as an academic field.

M.Phil students join a vibrant Postgraduate community in the Classics Department and the School of Histories and Humanities, and play an active part in the research culture of Classics. The programme they join provides training in the core research skills of the discipline of Classics, historical, archaeological, literary, and philosophical. But it also offers students the opportunity to acquire a Classical language for those who are new to the Classical languages, and/or further develop existing language skills in Greek and Latin at intermediate and advanced levels. The M.Phil thereby provides an essential basis for further research in the discipline.

The M.Phil programme is also, however, designed to accommodate those who have completed non-language based degrees, and those who may not want to learn the Classical languages. It therefore welcomes not only applicants from Classics who seek further to develop their Classical training at the highest level, but also applicants from a range of other kindred disciplines (e.g. English, History, Archaeology, Anthropology) who wish to acquire an introduction to the field. Comprising a wide range of taught options, the M.Phil’s modular structure is designed to allow students either to build a more specialized set of knowledge/skills during the course of their M.Phil year, or to take a wide spectrum of modules in topics ranging from Aegean Bronze Art to Classics and European Identity and experience a dynamic introduction to the discipline. Its core ‘Research and Methods’ module offers a two-semester overview of the methodologies and theoretical approaches of the main strands of Classical scholarship, while additional taught modules offer the opportunity to engage with specific topics in Greek and Roman history, archaeology, literature, philosophy, and their reception, as well as the option of studying ancient art and archaeology, and learning, or further developing expertise in, a Classical language. The M.Phil also affords the opportunity to write a 15-20,000-word dissertation, in which students begin to specialize in their studies and pursue a literary, philosophical, historical or archaeological research topic of their choice in still greater depth.

Taught modules recently offered to the M.Phil include: Greek Language; Latin Language; the Eternal City: The Archaeology of the City of Rome; Classics and European Identity; Textual Criticism: Editing Ancient Latin Texts; Gender and Genre in Augustan Poetry; Greeks and Barbarians; Greek Tragedy and the History of Western Theatre; Lost in the Labyrinth? ‘Reading’ Aegean Bronze Age Art; Curiosity and Crisis in the Late Fifth Century: Receptions of the Sophists; Rulers and Image-making in the Hellenistic World.

The Department of Classics is home to a thriving community of around twenty-five postgraduate students undertaking research on a wide range of literary, historical, archaeological and philosophical topics. Our postgraduates contribute significantly to seminars, conferences, study trips and undergraduate teaching. Our graduates are employed as University lecturers, school teachers, archaeologists, museum curators, and in arts and heritage management. Other careers include the diplomatic service, law, publishing and business. The department has strong international links with many Classics departments abroad and warmly welcomes international students to its courses.

Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s leading and oldest university with a historic campus dating back to 1592.  Trinity College builds on its four-hundred-year-old tradition of scholarship to confirm its position as one of the great universities of the world, providing a liberal environment where independence of thought is highly valued and where staff and students are nurtured as individuals and are encouraged to achieve their full potential.   Situated in the heart of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, the university is a vibrant cosmopolitan community of students from every corner of the world.

For further information please write to: Dr Ashley Clements, Department of Classics, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland; Email:; Website:

For more information about studying in Ireland please visit the Education in Ireland website.


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