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After your Bachelor's

Curious about your options after completing the Bachelor’s programme in Ancient Studies? Read all about related Master’s programmes, the job market and PhD research on this page.

Cultural and societal questions are impacting our community more and more and demand new points of view. The political sphere, the business sphere and the public sector all have a great need for critical long-term perspectives on cultural matters in and around Europe. The interdisciplinary programme in Ancient Studies forms an excellent preparation for a career in managerial, cultural and educational positions that deal with such matters.


After the completion of this programme, you will have acquired skills that will be of good use to you in your future career:

  • You are able to apply a broad, critical perspective to contemporary problems;
  • You are able to combine different types of sources and theories within interdisciplinary research;
  • You have a good command of written and oral academic English;
  • You know how to create presentations by means of new media, such as vlogs and video essays;
  • You are skilled at academic and creative writing.

A related Master's programme

A Bachelor’s degree in Ancient Studies gives you access to a broad spectrum of Master’s programmes, such as:

One-year Master’s programmes

Dual Master’s programmes

Research Master’s programmes

Teacher training

The job market

A Master’s degree in Ancient Studies gives you the opportunity to work in many different fields:

  • Government and business: for instance, you can do a traineeship at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science or the EU, or take up a position as consultant or project manager for a company.
  • Cultural sector: you can work as, among others, an archaeologist, museum curator or heritage manager at UNESCO.
  • Journalism and publishing: you can find work as a journalist, an editor at a publishing agency, or as a speech writer for a political party.
  • Education: you can train to be a teacher in Classical languages or History, work as a manager at a school, or lead cultural trips.
  • Academia: you can further specialise by doing research at a university.

Doctoral research

After the completion of a research Master’s, you can choose pursue an academic career by obtaining a doctorate. This entails doing research for four years, teaching at a university and writing a PhD thesis. You must apply for a doctoral position.

Your research might involve:

  • The continuing impact of Antiquity through to the present day: epic narrative patterns in modern films; the depiction of the ancient world in video games; Classical rhetoric in American politics.
  • Comparisons between Antiquity and later times: democracy through the ages; ancient and modern gender relations; philosophy of identity from Plato to Nietzsche.
  • Relations between ancient cultures: globalisation in the empire of Alexander the Great; the political love between Caesar and Cleopatra; ethnic stereotyping of ‘Eastern’ cultures.