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Classics and Ancient Civilizations


The Master's in Classics and Ancient Civilizations offers you the opportunity to become an expert in the literature and societies of the Ancient Mediterranean. By choosing one of its two distinct specialisations – Classics or Ancient Studies – you will dive into the literature and linguistics of classical languages or into the cultures and religions of Ancient Greece, Rome or the Near East.

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Full-time, part-time

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Why Classics and Ancient Civilizations at the UvA
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.

World-class interdisciplinary education

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

Follow your interest

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

Ideal study environment

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

ACASA: Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

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.


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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
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