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Classics and Ancient Civilisations: Ancient Studies

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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Hardly a single question on ancient society or culture can be solved if one limits the evidence to either written sources or archaeological material. Therefore the Master's in Ancient Studies is desig

The Master's programme Ancient Studies does not adhere to disciplinary boundaries. It offers a unique combination of historical, literary, and archeological approaches from which the student can make a choice. In addition, it is possible to specialize in ancient philosophy or religion, and the study of one of the classical languages or Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian can be included in the programme.
The core courses of the programme are 'Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies I and II', both of which introduce students to some of the most pertinent debates within the field and give due attention to interdisciplinary research. Depending on your interests, you can specialize in Ancient History, Archaeology, Ancient Thought and Religion, Latin or Greek Language and Culture, as well as Mesopotamian Language and Culture from the first millennium BC. Electives deal with themes such as Greek culture in Imperial Rome, City Life in the Roman Empire or Imagining the Divine in Context. It is also possible to include elective courses from the Master's programmes Archaeology, Ancient History 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 will be jointly provided by the VU University Amsterdam 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

There are, however, also jobs that require academic skills such as conducting independent and critical research and then reporting on said research in a coherent, concise and clear manner. Some of the positions in which alumni of the Master's in Ancient Studies have been employed include:
* higher education (hbo) lecturer in Ancient History;
* pre-university education (vwo) lecturer in Latin;
* pre-university education (vwo) lecturer in History;
* librarian/subject librarian university library;
* editor of an ancient studies journal;
* editor at a publishing house;
* staff member at a museum;
* organiser of cultural tours to the Mediterranean;
* staff member at an academic bookshop;
* staff member at Dutch institutes in Rome, Istanbul and Damascus;
* staff member at various cultural institutions and
* services such as the Rijksdienst voor het Oudheidkundige Bodemonderzoek;
* cultural attaché at an embassy in the Mediterranean;
* information officer at a university, faculty, applied sciences university, council.
Finally, an ACASA Master's in Ancient Studies adequately prepares students for additional education on a Master's or PhD level.

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