Our two specialisations give you a world-class, interdisciplinary education. If you choose the track Classics, you will receive excellent training in Greek and Latin language and literature from Homer to Late Antiquity, including linguistics, intertextuality, narratology, and reception. If you choose the track Ancient Studies, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the social, cultural and religious worlds of Ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East. A specialisation in Akkadian can also be realised.
The one-year Classics and Ancient Civilizations Master's programme allows you to explore the theoretical frameworks and methodologies currently used in Classics and Ancient Studies. You will gain a thorough disciplinary knowledge of the Greek and Latin language and literature or of themes in the field of Ancient Studies, such as religion, gender and urban history. In addition, there are two joint courses for students of both specialisations focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to the Ancient world. Students are considered to be partners in research, and teaching is strongly related to the research expertise of the staff.
Research Project 1: Everyday writing: Working with the papyri of the Allard Pierson Museum OR Research Project 1: Rare, miraculous, and strange plants in the Greco-Roman World
The objectives of the two core modules are to deepen the understanding of modern literary and linguistic theory in Classics and to apply them in close reading to quintessential Greek and Latin texts
The objectives of the two core modules are to deepen the understanding of concepts and methods in ancient history and ancient studies with literary, epigraphic, and iconographical sources.
In blocks 4 and 5 students participate in one or two Research projects:
Research projects are connected to current research of the staff; students decide themselves on the envisaged results, which may be e.g. a small exposition or a joint publication for a larger audience.
Electives include the courses of the national Master Language programme, such as Greek epigraphy in Athens (block 3) and Latin epigraphy in Rome (block 4), and a course on Ancient Judaism: Ethnicity, Politics, Religion. The programme also offers the possibility to specialise in Akkadian. For Ancient Studies it is possible to take electives from the Archaeology Programme in ACASA.
Writing a Master’s thesis is an important part of the programme, enabling you to conduct your own research under the supervision of one of the staff members. Thanks to the cooperation between the two universities a wide array of topics is open for supervision. A Master’s thesis seminar helps you to prepare the assignment.
The Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA) as a unique centre of expertise for the ancient world, is the perfect place to find answers to questions like why classical antiquity is important to us today.Dr Mark Heerink
Students who show exceptional promise during a one year Master’s programme are encouraged to switch to the two year Research Master’s programmes. If you decide to switch programmes and are admitted before the start of the second semester, you will be able to transfer all credits earned in the first semester to your Research Master’s programme. In case you join later, the Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for the Research Master’s programme.
Within ACASA, there are two Research Master’s programmes, which would be suitable for a continuation of your studies:
The programme is also offered in part-time study mode at the UvA, in which case it takes two years. You can obtain a maximum of 30 ECTS per year (12-18 ECTS per semester). As a part-time student you will follow the programme together with full-time students. You will prepare your study plan for the part-time programme in consultation with this Master’s programme coordinator.