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Classics and Ancient Civilizations


Students of this programme find jobs for instance in the societal sectors of heritage and musea, as researchers at knowledge institutes, in journalism and publishing, as teachers in secondary schools, or as policy makers in government (local, provincial or state level).

The job market

Alumni from the programme have started careers in:

  • Teaching in secondary education
  • Research in academia
  • Commercial research
  • Arts management
  • The broad cultural sector including: museums, archives, journalism, publishing, cultural tourism
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Imme Laseur, alumna Master’s in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. Imme Laseur, alumna Master’s in Classics and Ancient Civilizations Read the interview

An academic career

Graduates can also continue in academia and pursue a PhD programme at the VU or the UvA, another Dutch university or a university abroad. If you wish to pursue an academic career, it is advisable to discuss the possibility of joining a two-year Research Master's programme.

Teacher training programme

After having completed a Master's programme, track Classics, Dutch-speaking students can register for the one-year programme Interfaculty Teacher Training Programmes. This will allow them to become a fully qualified secondary schools teacher in the Netherlands.

Alternatively, you can follow a two-year Educational Master’s programme at the Free University. This programme combines the one year track Classics (in English) with a one year educational track (in Dutch) which will allow you to become a fully qualified secondary school teacher in the Netherlands.

Dutch-speaking students who completed a minor in Education during their Bachelor's programme are eligible for exemptions from some components of the teacher-training programme. For more information on this programme, visit the website of the Interfaculty Teacher Training Programmes.