Master of Studies in Classical Archaeology

Differences from 2014/15 to 2023/24

  • 1. WithinThe the Division of Social Sciences, the courseprogramme shall be administered byunder the supervision of the Graduate Studies Committee forof the School of Archaeology. The regulations made are as follows:

  • 2. Each candidate will be Candidates for admission must applyrequired to the Committee for the School of Archaeology. They will be required to produce evidence of their appropriate qualifications for the proposed course, including their suitable proficiency in relevant ancient or modern languages.

  • 3. Candidates must follow for three terms a course of instruction in Classical Archaeology for three terms full-time.

  • 43. The registration of candidatesCandidates will lapse on the last day of the Trinity Term in the academic year of their admission, unless it shall have been extended by the committee.

  • 5. The written examination shall comprise three subjects:

    • (a ) one subject oncomplete a periodmodule selected from Schedule A belowas set out in the Course Handbook, to be examinedassessed by written paper;

      examination at the end of Trinity term.
    • (b4. )Candidates will  two subjects selected from Schedules A–C [not more than one subject may normally be taken from Schedule C] examined bysubmit two pre-set essays (each of no more than 5,000 words) on a module from Schedule B as set out in the Course Handbook, by noon on Tuesday of week 0 of Hilary term.

    • 5. Candidates will submit either: 
      • (a) Two pre-set essays (each of no more than 5,000 words) as set out in the Course Handbook, by noon on Tuesday of week 0 of Trinity term on either: 
        • (i) a module offered and available from Schedule C as set out in the Course Handbook of the MSt in Classical Archaeology, or 
        • (ii) a module offered and available from List B in any subject stream of the MSc in Archaeology, or
        • (iii) a module offered and available for the MSc in Archaeology Science. 

      In lieu of one of the subjects in

    • or
      • (b ) above,With M.St. (but not normally M.Phil.) candidates may offer, with the permission of the committeeGraduate Studies Committee, a dissertation of notno more than 10,000 words (excludingon bibliography and descriptive catalogue or similar factual matter, but including notes and appendices).

        Thea topic ofagreed thewith dissertation must be approved by the candidate’stheir supervisor and by the School of Archaeology Committee for Graduate Studies. The topic of the dissertation must be clearly distinct from the pre-set essay titles. The dissertation must be the work of the candidate alone, and aid from others must be limited to prior discussion of the subject, bibliographic advice, help with access to study material and advice on presentation. The dissertation must be a new piece of work, substantially different from any dissertation previously submitted by the candidate for a degree of this or another university. When the dissertation is submitted, it must be accompanied by a statement, signed by the candidate, confirming that these conditions have been met. The proposed title of the dissertation, countersigned by the supervisor, must be submitted for approval by the committee by noon on Tuesday of week 5 of Trinity term.

    • 6. With the Tuesdaypermission of the eighthGraduate weekStudies ofCommittee, the Michaelmas Full Term preceding the examination. Two copies typed or printed (the secondcandidates may besubstitute a photocopy)module inoffered doublefrom spacingSchedule onC onewith sidea onlymodule ofoffered A4for paperanother andrelevant bounddegree simplyprogramme. 
    • 7. or filedAll securely,assessments must be deliveredsubmitted in a parcel bearingusing the wordsUniversity ‘Dissertationapproved foronline thesubmission M.Stsystem. inTechnical Classical Archaeology' to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, not later than nooninformation on the Mondayrequirements offor theonline fifthsubmissions weekis of Trinity Full Term and should bear the candidate's examination number but not his or her name. Candidates will be required to deposit one copy of the dissertation with the Examination Schools.

      Schedule A: Periods

      Aegean Area, 2000-1100 BC

      Early Iron Age Greece, 1200-700 BC

      Archaic, 800-480 BC

      Classical, 500-300 BC

      Hellenistic, 330-30 BC

      Late Republican, 200-30 BC

      Early Imperial, 30 BC-AD 120

      Middle Imperial, AD 70-250

      Late Antiquity, AD 280-650

      Byzantine, AD 600-1453

      Schedule B: Subjects

      Aegean Bronze Age trade: interaction and identities

      Aegean Bronze Age Scripts

      Aegean Bronze Age religion

      Topics in Aegean Prehistory

      Aegean and the East, 1200-600 BC

      Burials, settlements, and society in Early Greece, 1200-650 BC

      Archaeology of the Early Greek polis, 800-450 BC

      Early Ionia, 1000-450 BC Etruscan Italy

      Greek sculpture

      Greek vases

      Achaeology of Athens and Attica 600-50 BC

      The archaeology of ancient Macedonia, 600-100 BC

      Greek funerary archaeology, 600-100 BC

      Archaeology of Greek women

      Greek coinage

      Greek and Roman wallpainting

      Roman sculpture

      Historical narrative in Hellenistic and Roman art

      Problems and methods in ancient art-history

      Roman architecture

      Topography of Rome (This may be taken in conjunction with the British School at Rome taught course only if accepted by the British School at Rome on its programme, and it involves attendance at the residential course organised by the British School at Rome in Rome.)

      Pompeii and Ostia

      Greek and Roman housing

      Archaeology of the Roman economy

      The archaeology of Roman urban systems

      Roman North Africa

      Landscape archaeologyprovided in the GreekCourse and Roman world

      Maritime archaeology of the Greek and Roman Mediterranean

      Myth in Greek and Roman Art

      Roman Britain

      Roman coinage

      Byzantine Constantinople

      Late Roman and Byzantine mosaics and painting

      Late Roman and Byzantine architecture

      History of collections: classical art

      Roman Portraits

      Roman Provincial Art

      Schedule C: Other subjectsHandbook. 

      Any subject offered in the M.St. in Archaeology, Byzantine Studies, Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature, Greek and Roman History, History of Art, Women’s Studies.

      Candidates may apply for other subjects, to be taken under Schedule B, to be approved by the committee, which shall define their scope and inform both the candidate and the examiners of this definition in writing.

      Not all subjects may be available in any one year.

      • 6. Candidates will be expected to show a general knowledge of Ancient History and Geography, so far as they are concerned with their periods and subjects.

      • 78. Candidates must present themselves for an oral examination as required by the examiners.

      • 8. The period and subjects to be offered by candidates and their chosen method of examination, duly approved by their supervisors, must be submitted for approval to the committee in time for its meeting in eighth week of the Michaelmas Full Term preceding the examination. Notice of options to be offered by candidates must be given to the Registrar not later than Friday of the eighth week of that same term.

      • 9. Candidates offering pairs of pre-set essays will select essay topics from a list offered by their supervisor. The proposed essay titles, countersigned by the supervisor, must be submitted for approval of the Chair of Examiners by noon on Friday of the seventh week of the term in which the instruction for that subject is given. Candidates must deliver to the Examination Schools two copies of their essays not later than noon on Monday of the second week of the term following that in which the instruction for that subject was given. Essays must be typed or printed and should bear the candidate's examination number but not his or her name. Any illustrations must be included in both copies.  

      • 10. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

      • 11. In the case of failure in just one part of the examination, the candidate will be permitted to retake that part of the examination on one further occasion, not later than one year after the initial attempt. Written papers would be retaken the following year.