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Students choose one of the following specialisations:

  • Archaeology and ancient history.
  • Ancient Thought: from Plato to Augustine.
  • Ancient Studies: with ancient Greek.
  • Ancient Studies: with Latin.
  • Neo-Babylonian and neo-Assyrian.

Programme structure

The Master's programme Ancient Studies comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 42 credits for core courses, tutorials and electives.
  • 18 credits for a thesis project.

Detailed course information

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

UvA Course Catalogue: Ancient Studies

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research programme. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their research programme degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.

Please follow the link below to the Research Master's programme Classics and Ancient Civilisations at the VU University.

Classics and Ancient Civilisations (Research Master's)


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of an academic staff member involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser.


For more information about available internships and the experiences of other student interns, please follow the link.

Internships (current student's website)