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Classics and Ancient Civilizations
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Study programme

The Master's in Classics and Ancient Civilizations is a one-year programme in which you will 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 thematic specialisations in the field of Ancient Studies, such as Urban History, Politics and Society as well as Religions.

Programme structure

The Master's programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations comprises 60 ECTS credits, including two interdisciplinary courses of 6 ECTS each (12 ECTS) with associated self-study in block 3 (6 ECTS); two core courses Classics or two core courses Ancient Studies (12 ECTS), two research projects or electives in either Classics or Ancient Studies (12 ECTS) and the Master’s thesis (18 ECTS). Students who wish to pursue a career as a teacher of Classics, will be able to meet the disciplinary entry requirements of the Educational Master's (42 ECTS in Classics). A specialisation in Akkadian (30 ECTS) can also be realised.

  • Interdisciplinary courses (obligatory)
    • Block 1: Story vs. History: Rhetoric and Propaganda
    • Block 2: The Ancient World and Modern Theory: The Female Perspective 
  • Core courses (specialisation Classics)

    The objectives of the two core modules are to deepen the understanding of modern literary and linguistic theory in Classics, post-classical Greek and Medieval Latin.

    • Block 1: The Language of Literature: How to Make a Myth?
    • Block 2: Echoing Texts and Themes: Medea, Intertextual Heroine
  • Core courses (specialisation Ancient Studies)

    The objectives of the two core modules are to deepen the understanding of concepts and methods in ancient history and ancient studies with literary, epigraphic, and iconographical sources.

    • Block 1: Politics and Society: Republican Rome and the Creation of Empire
    • Block 2: Religion and Society: From Constantine to Muhammad
  • Research projects and electives

    In blocks 4 and 5 students can participate in one or two Research projects (options: (1) Catiline and Capital Punishment, (2) Cyrus the Great and the Ideal Ruler, (3) Money in the Ancient World, (4) Receptions of Antiquity in Modern Poetry) or do electives, which include the courses of the national Master Language programme, such as Greek epigraphy in Athens and Latin epigraphy in Rome. The programme also offers the possibility to specialize in Akkadian (30 ECTS). For Ancient Studies it is possible to take electives from the Archaeology Programme in ACASA.

  • Thesis

    The writing of your Master’s thesis is an important part of the programme, enabling you to conduct original research under the supervision of one of the staff members. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic supervisor. A Master’s thesis seminar is offered to prepare you for the assignment. Thanks to the cooperation between the two universities a wide array of topics is open for supervision.

Transferring to a Research Master's

Students who show exceptional promise during a Master’s programme are encouraged to continue their studies in one of our selective Research Master’s programmes. If you decide to switch programmes and are admitted before the start of the second semester, you will be able to transfer all credits earned in the first semester to your Research Master’s programme. In case you join later, the Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for the Research Master’s programme.

Within ACASA, there are two Research Master’s programmes, which would be suitable for a continuation of your studies:

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, see:

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.