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Master Ancient History (Classics and Ancient Civilizations)

Ancient History (Classics and Ancient Civilizations)

In the Master’s programme Ancient History, you will explore the rich and vibrant history of the Mediterranean and West Asian worlds during antiquity.

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Studying Greek and Roman antiquity

The Master's programme Ancient History offers you a stimulating environment in which you can study a broad range of historical issues focusing on the ancient world. You can choose your own personal study programme and will be able to further develop your own interest in the field of Greek and Roman antiquity.

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The Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

This programme is offered by two universities. The University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam have combined their expertise on the field of ancient history and archaeology in the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). This merging of specialists from various academic disciplines creates a stimulating environment for collaboration and study.

Why study Classics & Ancient Civilizations in Amsterdam?

  • You will have the opportunity to benefit from the experience of two universities in Amsterdam.
  • The UvA and VU are the only Dutch universities offering the possibility to study the interaction between the Graeco-Roman world and the Ancient Near East. 
  • You will gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the political, social, cultural and religious history of the ancient Greek, Roman and Near Eastern worlds.
  • You will take part in intensive classes consisting of small groups and benefit from direct personal contact with tutors.
  • You will have the opportunity to study Ancient History in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, one of the most vibrant cultural and cosmopolitan cities of the world.
  • Amsterdam has its own antiquities museum, the Allard Pierson Museum, which is closely involved in the programme. The museum houses a large collection of ceramics, glass and bronzes from Greek and Roman Antiquity, as well as one of the most important collections of works of Classical Antiquity in the Netherlands and the wider European region.

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Degree certificate

Ancient History is an accredited degree programme of Classics and Ancient Civilizations. 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 exact opposite applies. Please note that you will receive one diploma from the university at which you originally enrolled.

Tania Patel, Master's in Ancient History student

FGw / Tania Patel

'The UvA Master's in Ancient History was one of the most challenging, eye-opening and beautiful experiences of my life. I learned more than I thought was possible in a year and I developed intellectually as well as personally. What really made this programme unique, however, was the teachers: we were taught by some of the leading professors in the field and they gave us all the supervision we needed to grow academically.' 

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Ancient History (Classics and Ancient Civilizations)
Degree programme MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time, part-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60821