Lucy Cavendish has a small but enthusiastic community of Classicists, comprising around three Bachelors, Masters, and PhD students, and recent undergraduates have achieved high grades.

The BA in 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 Roman history and culture; students then join the three-year group for the remainder of the degree, starting work on Greek in the third term of their first year in Cambridge.

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

Course Requirements

  • No subject-specific entrance requirements for the four-year course.  Applicants for the three-year course must have a good A-level in Latin (or equivalent).
  • A range of British and international qualifications may be acceptable.

For more information, see the general Entrance Requirements and FAQs, or contact our Admissions Office (

Admissions Assessment

  • Pre-interview assessment is not required for Lucy Cavendish
  • Applicants invited for interview for the three-year course sit a written assessment on the day of interview.  This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used at other colleges. The assessment for applicants for the four-year course will take the form of a special verbal language assessment, adapted to their own personal language learning background, with one of the Classics Faculty’s Language Teaching Officers. Specifications can be found here.

Director of Studies:  Dr John Patterson

Dr Patterson is University Senior Lecturer in Ancient History in the Faculty of Classics, and Director of Studies in Classics at Magdalene College as well as at Lucy Cavendish. Originally from Newcastle, he studied at Magdalen College, Oxford and at the British School at Rome, before coming to Cambridge.  He teaches Roman history in the Classics Faculty, and his research interests include the history and archaeology of Roman Italy and the City of Rome itself in antiquity.