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Classics and Ancient Civilisations: Ancient History

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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The Master's in Ancient History is specially developed for students wanting to dedicate their Master's studies to the history of the Mediterranean and West Asian worlds during Classical Antiquity.

Due to the broad range of study programmes offered by the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA), it is possible to develop oneself as an accomplished historian of Classical Antiquity.
The programme Ancient History consists of two core modules: 'Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies I and II', both of which introduce students to some of the most important debates within the discipline and give due attention to interdisciplinary research. The modules are concluded with a term paper.
Students can choose between the two specialisations: 'East-West Confrontations' and 'Religion and Culture'. As part of these specialisations, various modules can be chosen, such as 'Confrontation between Greek and Mesopotamian cultures', 'Greek elites during imperial times' (both VU), 'The rise of Christianity' and 'The Roman city' (UvA). These lectures perfectly convey the expertise of the academic staff. Aside from the aforementioned, it is also possible to take elective modules from the Master's programmes Archaeology, Ancient Studies and Classics.


2018 Full-time Institutioneel € 12025 / jaar
2018 Full-time Internationaal € 13225 / jaar
2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar


The Master's programmes Archaeology, and Classics and Ancient Civilisations are jointly provided by the VU University Amsterdam (VU) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) via the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). Through this partnership, both universities are able to provide the broadest educational package the Netherlands has to offer in the field of Classical Antiquity.


The programme comprises 60 ECTS credits:
* 42 credits for core courses, tutorials and electives
* 18 credits for a Master's thesis

job perspective

After obtaining an MA in Ancient History, you will also be able to do PhD research at universities or research institutes. The Faculty of Humanities annually makes several new PhD positions available to Master's graduates. You can also do a PhD research project in your own time (external PhD researcher) if you are able to find a qualified person to act as your PhD thesis supervisor. However, if you're seriously focused on an academic career, it is best to enrol for the two year Research Master's in Classics and Ancient Civilisations. This Master's programme specifically trains you to become a (university) researcher.

tuition fee

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MA (Master of Arts)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MA (Master of Arts)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 60