The Taught Masters in Classics at Trinity College is designed both for those who are already fully trained in the Classical languages, and for those who have completed non-language based degrees. The course aims to provide students with a grounding in postgraduate research skills in Classics and to hone the analytical, written, and verbal communication skills that are highly valued and effective in careers outside the university and education sectors. While the Research Skills modules offers instruction in the methodologies and approaches to the study of the ancient world, the Taught modules and the Dissertation offer students the opportunity to begin to specialise in a particular strand of Classical scholarship, literary, philosophical, historical or archaeological. The Taught Masters thereby provides an essential basis for further research in the discipline. The course is full-time for the duration of one calendar year, commencing in September, and concluding the following September. The specific aims are: To ensure that students have a sound knowledge of the traditional and technical resources available to scholars in this field: specific library collections, IT, databases, specialised research resources for language/archaeology. To ensure that students acquire the necessary independent research skills: information retrieval, the ability to formulate research topics, to make oral presentations, and to present the results of their research in a sustained argument in the written format of a dissertation. To provide an introduction to the methodologies and theoretical approaches of the major strands of research in the Classical field i.e. literature, material culture, documentary records, history, philosophy. To offer students the opportunity, in taught courses or reading modules, to pursue one or more of these strands at the highest level of intellectual demand. To expose students to the scholarly process as evidenced in all departmental research seminars and special lectures.