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Why Classics and Ancient Civilizations at the UvA?

World-class interdisciplinary education

Excellent training in Classics or Ancient Studies; from Homer to Late Antiquity, in-depth understanding of the communities of Ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East.

Follow your interest

Pursue and expand your scholarly interests by joining the expertise of renowned scholars and their research projects at the UvA and VU (ACASA).

Ideal study environment

Amsterdam is an international metropolis with a small-city feel. It is a welcoming place to live and study and English is widely spoken.

ACASA: Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

This Master’s is offered jointly by the UvA and VU Amsterdam – combining their expertise in Archaeology, Ancient History and Classics in ACASA.

Is Classics and Ancient Civilizations right for you?

  1. You want to study the languages, history and material culture of the ancient world.
  2. You are interested in the interpretation of literary and historical texts as well as material culture from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  3. You wish to participate in and contribute to a vibrant teaching and research community.


Copyright: Toon Meijerink - FGw
For me, antiquity is where history remains reality, but at the same time you can let your imagination run wild. Toon Meijerink, student Classics and Ancient Civilizations Lees het interview
Master's programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations explained

In this video the teacher and students of the programme explain in less than 5 minutes how this programme is structured and what the unique aspects are.

Degree certificate

Classics and Ancient Civilizations is an accredited degree programme comprising the track Classics and the track Ancient Civilisations. After successful completion of one of the tracks of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Classics and Ancient Civilizations and the title Master of Arts (MA).

The joint programme is offered by ACASA (Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology). If you enroll at the UvA, you will also automatically be enrolled as a (guest)student at VU Amsterdam; if you enroll at VU Amsterdam, the opposite applies. You will receive your diploma from the university at which you originally enrolled.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme
MA Classics & Ancient Civilizations
Full-time, part-time
60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction
Starts in
CROHO code
University Quarter