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Master Ancient Studies (Classics and Ancient Civilizations)

Ancient Studies (Classics and Ancient Civilizations)

The Master's programme Ancient Studies is embedded in a long tradition of teaching and researching Greek and Roman Antiquity, as well as the wider cultural heritage of ancient societies.

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Transcending disciplinary boundaries

The programme is designed as a multi-disciplinary programme, because hardly a single question on ancient culture or society can be solved if you limit the evidence to either written sources or archaeological material. Therefore, you will be combining historical, literary, and archaeological approaches.

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The Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

This Master’s degree 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 expertise of two universities in Amsterdam.
  • You will have the possibility to choose from five different specialisations, with the option to include an ancient language (Assyrian-Babylonian, Greek or Latin) in your programme.
  • You will take part in intensive classes consisting of small groups and will benefit from direct personal contact with tutors.
  • You will have the opportunity to study Ancient Studies 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 Studies 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.


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Ancient Studies (Classics and Ancient Civilizations)
Diploma MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations
Type Regulier onderwijs
Vorm Voltijd, deeltijd
Studielast 60 EC, 12 maanden
Voertaal Engels
Start September
CROHO-code 60821