Classics

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A multidisciplinary course which encompasses elements of history, philosophy, archaeology, art and linguistics in order to investigate how classical civilisations have affected the way we live today.

Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to Classics.

Overview

Two options are available for students applying to study Classics at Cambridge. This page relates to the four-year course, which is offered to students with little or no experience of Latin. It incorporates a preliminary years focusing on Latin language and Roman culture, before progressing to the three-year Classics degree.
If you have already studied Latin to A Level (or equivalent), check out the three-year Classics course πŸ”— 🌟.

Overview πŸ”— This is the Classics section of the University undergraduate prospectus. The most important information about the course is here, including entry requirements, course structure, and prerequisites.

Faculty website πŸ”— This is the official Faculty webpage for prospective undergraduates, which links to various resources. The most important of them is the Faculty of Classics undergrad prospectus πŸ”— 🌟 which gives a general overview of what studying Classics at Cambridge is like.

Unofficial Prospectus πŸ”— This is an unofficial prospectus put together by the Cambridge University Student Union; it’s written based on students’ perspectives and gives a better sense of what the day-to-day experience as a Classics student is like, compared to official materials.

More things to explore

Studying Classics at Trinity College, Cambridge πŸ”— 🌟 A great interview with Dr Neil Hopkinson from the Faculty of Classics - useful whether or not you're considering applying to Trinity!

Summer schools πŸ”— Students who are offered a place on the four-year Classics course will also be invited to attend a summer school in Cambridge. These are ideal for both improving your language skills and also meeting other students who will be on your course!

Application Resources

Reading Lists πŸ”— These reading lists, compiled by King's College, are for the papers that first-years take. Don’t be intimidated by how long they are; they’re intended to be worked through over the course of a full academic year, and honestly no one reads everything anyway.

FAQ πŸ”— 🌟 Some useful answers to common questions about the application process.

Admissions test specification πŸ”—

Admissions test specimen paper πŸ”—

InsideUni Classics interview experiences πŸ”— 🌟 Current students talk about their interview experience, as well as sharing some tips. We’re biased, but we think they’re useful!