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Programme overview

The programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics is offered on a full-time basis starting in the first semester of the academic year.

Programme structure

The programme comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 30 credits for Core courses
  • 6 credits for Optional courses
  • 6 credits for Tutorial or Term Paper
  • 18 credits for a Master’s thesis 
  • Core Courses
    • Methodology: Intertextuality and Classical Storytelling
    • Interdisciplinary seminar
    • Greek and Latin linguistics
    • Greek literature
    • Latin literature
  • Optional Courses

    In addition to the obligatory courses, you will choose one of these optional courses:

    • Late Greek and late Latin
    • Reception of Classical Literature
    • Ancient Epic through the Ages
  • Thesis

    The Master’s thesis – an important part of the programme – enables 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 adviser.

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, please see the UvA Course Catalogue (link below).

UvA Course Catalogue: Classics

Switching to a Research Master’s programme

Students who show exceptional promise during a Master’s programme are encouraged to continue their studies in one of our 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 degree programme. In case you join later, the Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for credit transferral to the Research Master’s programme.

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

Research MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations (VU)

Research MA Geschiedenis (in Dutch, UvA)