In the Master’s programme Ancient Studies, you will explore Greek and Roman Antiquity through a unique combination of historical, literary, and archaeological approaches.
The Master’s in Ancient Studies is a multi-disciplinary, one-year programme that extends beyond the limits of written sources and archaeological material to explore ancient society and culture as a whole. It offers a unique combination of historical, literary, and archaeological approaches from which the student can make a choice. In addition, you can specialise 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 introduce you to some of the most pertinent debates within the field and give due attention to interdisciplinary research. Depending on your interests, you can specialise 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. You can also take elective courses from the Master’s programmes Archaeology, Ancient History and Classics.
The Master's programme in Ancient History is one of three Classics and Ancient Civilizations programmes offered by the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA), a joint venture of the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam – for the other programmes, see: Ancient History and Classics. ACASA enables you to benefit from the expertise of two universities and allows you to choose from a wide range of courses, interest fields, and specialisations.
Amsterdam also has its own Classical Antiquity museum, the Allard Pierson museum, which houses a special collection of artefacts from Egypt, as well as a large collection of ceramics, glass and bronzes from Greek and Roman Antiquity. The museum is closely involved with the education of ACASA.
Ancient Studies is an accredited degree programme of Classics and Ancient Civilizations. 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).
|Degree programme||MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations|
|Type||Regular study programme|
|Credits||60 ECTS, 12 months|
|Language of instruction||English|