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Classics and Ancient Civilizations

The Master's programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations has two specialisations with distinctive profiles: Classics and Ancient Studies. It challenges excellent students to become experts with regard to the literature and linguistics of classical languages or in the cultures and religions of Ancient Greece, Rome or the Near East.

Partners in research

The Master's programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations sees students as partners in research, and teaching is strongly related to the expertise of its staff. It offers a well-defined opportunity to specialise in either Classics or Ancient Studies. At the same time, the programme provides training in interdisciplinary thinking for which there is an increasing demand on the job market.

The Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA)

This Master’s degree programme is offered jointly by two universities. The University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam have combined their expertise in the fields of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology in the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). This merging of specialisations creates a stimulating environment for collaboration and study and extends your options for the supervision of your Master’s thesis.

Why study Classics and Ancient Civilizations in Amsterdam?

  • This Master’s programme provides the opportunity to gain a world-class, interdisciplinary education in the Antique World at a leading European university;
  • You will receive excellent training in classical linguistics, intertextuality and narratology, and post-classical Greek and Latin;
  • You will gain an in-depth understanding of the social, cultural and religious history of Ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East;
  • You will be able to follow and develop your personal interests, among others by tapping into the wide array of expertise of eminent scholars at the UvA and VU;
  • Teaching takes place in small group classes with direct personal contact with tutors;
  • Amsterdam is an international metropolis with a small-city feel. It is a welcoming place to live and study and English is widely spoken. 

Student profile

As a student in the Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations you are expected to have the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • For the specialisation Classics, you must have a Bachelor’s degree in Classics from an accredited university;
  • For the specialisation Ancient Studies, you must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and must have taken academic courses equivalent to at least one full-time semester of academic studies (30 ECTS) in Classics, Ancient Studies, Archaeology or History (with demonstrable relationship to Ancient History);
  • You are able to conduct research independently and know how to formulate consistent and functional research questions, collect data, apply theory, and write a thesis;
  • You are familiar with the interpretation of historical texts and material culture from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • You are deeply interested in the languages, history and material culture of the ancient world.
  • You wish to participate in and contribute to a vibrant teaching and research community

"The programme has generally exceeded my expectations. Teaching is almost always of an excellent standard and students feel enthusiastic about taking part in class discussions. Whilst the workload can be challenging, this helps to assure students that they have been admitted to a prestigious and competitive programme at an excellent institution." - Lily Fell, Ancient Studies student

Degree certificate

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

Once you enrol at the UvA, you will also automatically be enrolled as a guest student at VU Amsterdam. If you enrol at VU Amsterdam, the opposite applies. Please note that you will receive one diploma from the university at which you originally enrolled.

Feiten & cijfers
Diploma MA Classics & Ancient Civilizations
Vorm Voltijd , deeltijd
Studielast 60 EC, 12 maanden
Voertaal Engels
Start September
CROHO-code 60821