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Classics at Cambridge combines many disciplines and perspectives in the study of Greek and Roman Antiquity. The Greek and Roman world is studied here as a period in the past and through the receptions of classical culture, language and philosophy both historically and in the present day. 

Classics can be studied as either a three-year or a four-year course. The latter provides an introductory year focussing on the Latin language, Latin literature, and classical culture more broadly; students start work on Greek in their second term in Cambridge, and after their first year join the three-year group for the remainder of the degree.

Some graduates go into research and teaching in schools and universities, or work in libraries and museums. But most go into other careers – in law, the media, accountancy, the Civil Service, industry and business.


Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Typical offers require

  • A Level: A*AA
  • IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level 

For other qualifications, see the main entrance requirements pages on the University website.

Subject requirements

Classics three-year course 

  • Required: A Level/IB Higher Level (or equivalent) in Latin (Greek may be considered as a substitute)
  • Highly recommended: History or Classical Civilisations, English Literature or English Language

Classics four-year course 

  • Required: None

  • Highly recommended: History or Classical Civilisations, English Literature or English Language, a language

Mature students and those taking other qualifications are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office, to discuss the entry requirements for their qualifications.

Number of students 

We aim to admit around two students per year.

Admissions assessment

All applicants for Classics are required to take a Cambridge College-registered admission assessment, if interviewed. Further details about the written assessment can be found on the University website here.

Written work 

Applicants are required to submit two school/college essays as examples of written work prior to interview. 

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