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Study programme

The Master's in Classics and Ancient Civilizations is a one-year programme in which you will explore the theoretical frameworks and methodologies currently used in Classics or Ancient Studies; you will gain a thorough knowledge of the Greek and Latin languages or of thematic specialisations in the field of Ancient History and Ancient Studies, such as Religion, Gender and Urban History.

Programme structure

The Master's programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 12 ECTS for interdisciplinary courses
  • 24 ECTS for core courses.
  • 6 ECTS for electives.
  • 18 ECTS for a Master’s thesis.

The programme consists of a core of two interdisciplinary courses of 6 ECTS each (12 ECTS) with associated self-study in block 3 (6 ECTS); four core courses Classics (24 ECTS), four core courses Ancient Studies (24 ECTS), and the Master’s thesis (18 ECTS). Students who wish to pursue a career as a teacher of Classics or History, will be able to meet the disciplinary entry requirements of the Educational MA (42 ECTS in Classics and 30 ECTS in History, respectively). A specialisation in Akkadian (30 ECTS) can also be realised.

  • Interdisciplinary courses

    The first semester has two interdisciplinary courses taken by all students of the programme:

    • Rulers’ Ideology and Representation: aspects of language and culture of power.
    • Great Debates: issues in the field of history and culture of the ancient world.
  • Core courses (specialisation Classics)

    The objectives of the four core modules are to deepen the understanding of modern literary and linguistic theory in Classics, post-classical Greek and Medieval Latin.

    • Block 1: Methodology: Intertextuality & Storytelling
    • Block 2: Greek & Latin Linguistics
    • Block 4: Greek Literature
    • Block 5: Latin Literature
  • Core courses (specialisation Ancient Studies)

    The objectives of the four core modules are to deepen the understanding of concepts and methods in ancient history and ancient studies with literary, epigraphic, and iconographical sources.

    • Block 1: City and Empire
    • Block 2: From Constantine to Muhammed
    • Block 4: City Life in the Ancient World
    • Block 5: Greek Elite Culture
  • Electives

    Electives which can be taken as part of this Master’s programme include the courses of the national Master Language programme, such as Greek epigraphy in Athens (block 3) and Latin epigraphy in Rome (block 4) or external electives offered by other universities (block 5). The programme also offers the possibility to specialize in Akkadian (30 ECTS). For Ancient Studies it is possible to take electives from the Archaeology Programme in ACASA. 

  • Thesis

    The writing of your Master’s thesis is an important part of the programme, enabling you to conduct original research under the supervision of one of the staff members. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic supervisor. A Master’s thesis seminar is offered to prepare you for the assignment. Thanks to the cooperation between the two universities a wide array of topics is open for supervision.

Classics and Ancient Civilizations in part-time mode

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 (see: Contact).

Transferring to a Research Master's

Students who show exceptional promise during a Master’s programme are encouraged to continue their studies in one of our 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: