The MPhil in Medieval and Renaissance literature is one of the most successful courses of its kind. Each year it attracts a first-class intake of students from the UK and abroad, and its graduates have an outstanding record in gaining employment in the academic world and outside. Each student works closely with a member of the Faculty on his or her chosen dissertation topic, as well as participating in seminars and classes. Training in how to read manuscript and early printed materials ensures that every student on the course is able to make use of the extensive collections in the University Library and in College libraries. Cambridge has a distinguished international reputation in English and in many other fields in the humanities (for example, Classics, Modern and Medieval Languages, History, Philosophy, and History of Art), and students on this course may be able to attend lectures offered by any Faculty within the school. This creates a learning environment which naturally enables interdisciplinary work. The course lasts nine months, with the last few months being devoted to intensive work on the dissertation.
The nine-month MSt is the normal course for master’s students, and the one which the faculty recommends, unless there are particular reasons for preferring the MPhil.
Methods and Techniques of Scholarship
Greek Textual Criticism
Latin Textual Criticism
Historical Linguistics and Comparative Philology
Early Greek Hexameter Poetry
The one year MSt is designed primarily for those students who wish to prepare for doctoral work on a shorter course. For this degree you will write a dissertation of up to 10,000 words and complete two other options.
A. Classical and modern languages
B. Methods and techniques of scholarship
C. Specified historical topics
The MSt in Islamic Studies and History is a one-year degree for students who already possess substantial knowledge of the discipline and who are capable, without further language training, to work with pre-modern Arabic and/or Persian and/or Ottoman Turkish primary sources. You can take specialised classes and undertake independent research under the supervision of a faculty member. Students often progress to doctoral work after completing the MSt.
The MSt in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies has been devised as a multi-purpose introduction to the Roman world in Late Antiquity, to Byzantium, the medieval successor of the East Roman Empire, and to neighbouring peoples and their cultures.
The taught programme in Ancient History is designed to offer postgraduate students the opportunity to study aspects of the ancient world in depth and also to acquire the research training that will enable them to undertake independent research in this discipline. It has flexibility to cater for the differing experiences and needs of individual students while also encouraging a collective sense of intellectual enterprise.
Themes and Methods in Ancient History
Integrated Study Abroad (Athens)
Integrated Study Abroad (Rome)
Greek and Roman Warfare
Religion and Society in the Ancient Greek World
Athens in the Fifth Century
The Beginnings of Rome
Britain within the Roman Empire
The Archaeology of Religion in Greece (Prehistoric to Late Antique)
Tyranny and Kingship in the Ancient Mediterranean
The taught progamme in Classical Studies is designed to offer postgraduate students the opportunity to study aspects of the ancient world in depth and also to acquire the research training that will enable them to undertake independent research in this discipline. It has flexibility to cater for the differing experiences and needs of individual students while also encouraging a collective sense of intellectual enterprise.
Themes and Methods in Classics
The Ancient and Modern Novel
Magic in the Greco-Roman World
The Expansion of the Afterlife
Plato on Democracy and Tyranny