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Classics and Ancient Civilizations

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Do you want to be challenged to become an expert in the literature and linguistics of classical languages or in the cultures and religions of Ancient Greece, Rome or the Near East? Then the Master's in Classics and Ancient Civilizations with its two distinct specialisations – Classics and Ancient Studies – may be the programme for you. This Master’s is offered jointly by the University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam– combining their expertise in Archaeology, Ancient History and Classics in the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA).

Discover your Classics and Ancient Civilizations programme

The Master’s in Classics and Ancient Civilizations gives you a world-class, interdisciplinary education in the ancient world. If you specialise in Classics, you will receive excellent training in classical linguistics, grounded in intertextual and narratological approaches to classical literature, while familiarising you with post-classical Greek and Latin. If you specialise in Ancient Studies, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the social, cultural and religious history of Ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East.

Partners in research

The one-year Classics and Ancient Civilizations Master's programme allows you to explore the theoretical frameworks and methodologies currently used in Classics or Ancient Studies. You will gain a thorough knowledge of the Greek and Latin languages or of themes in the field of Ancient Studies, such as Religion, Gender and Urban History. 
Students are considered to be partners in research, and teaching is strongly related to the research expertise of the staff. The programme also provides training in interdisciplinary thinking for which there is an increasing demand on the job market.
The start date of this programme is September 1st.

Why study Classics and Ancient Civilizations in Amsterdam?

  • You will receive excellent training in either classical linguistics, intertextuality, narratology, and post-classical Greek and Latin or gain an in-depth understanding of the social, cultural and religious history of Ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East;
  • You will be able to follow and develop your personal interests, among others by tapping into the wide array of expertise of eminent scholars at the UvA and VU;
  • Amsterdam is an international metropolis with a small-city feel. It is a welcoming place to live and study and English is widely spoken.

Unique strengths of the programme include: 

  • Offered by leading research universities in Europe
  • World-class, interdisciplinary education
  • Follow your own interests in research projects
  • Teaching in small classes

After graduation

The Master's programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations prepares you for a broad range of career opportunities. After graduating you can be employed in positions requiring in-depth knowledge of this area. You can also find your way into other jobs requiring a range of academic skills.

Student profile

The admission requirements are:

  • For the specialisation Classics, you must have a Bachelor’s degree in Classics from an accredited university;
  • For the specialisation Ancient Studies, you must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and must have taken academic courses equivalent to at least one full-time semester of academic studies (30 ECTS) in Classics, Ancient Studies, Archaeology or History (with demonstrable relationship to Ancient Studies).

As a student in the Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations you are expected to have the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • You are able to conduct research independently and know how to formulate consistent and functional research questions, collect data, apply theory, and write a thesis;
  • You are familiar with the interpretation of literary and historical texts as well as material culture from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • You are deeply interested in the languages, history and material culture of the ancient world;
  • You wish to participate in and contribute to a vibrant teaching and research community.

Classics and Ancient Civilizations in part-time mode

The programme is also offered in part-time study mode at the UvA, in which case it takes two years. You can obtain a maximum of 30 ECTS per year (12-18 ECTS per semester). As a part-time student you will follow the programme together with full-time students. You will prepare your study plan for the part-time programme in consultation with this Master’s programme coordinator.

What alumni say

"The programme has generally exceeded my expectations. Teaching is almost always of an excellent standard and students feel enthusiastic about taking part in class discussions. Whilst the workload can be challenging, this helps to assure students that they have been admitted to a prestigious and competitive programme at an excellent institution." - Lily Fell, Ancient Studies student

Degree certificate

Classics and Ancient Civilizations is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Classics and Ancient Civilizations and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Once you enrol at the UvA, you will also automatically be enrolled as a guest student at VU Amsterdam. If you enrol at VU Amsterdam, the opposite applies. Please note that you will receive one diploma from the university at which you originally enrolled.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MA Classics & Ancient Civilizations
Mode Full-time, part-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60821