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Master Classics (Classics and Ancient Civilizations)

Classics (Classics and Ancient Civilizations)

In the Master's programme in Classics you will combine linguistics, literature and cultural history to study the language, literature and material culture of Ancient Greece and Rome.

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Classics: Languages and cultures of Greco-Roman Antiquity

The Master's in Classics offers an interdisciplinary programme that embraces the many facets of the world of Greco-Roman Antiquity. As a student of the Classics, you will analyse representative primary sources much more in-depth than was the case during the Bachelor’s phase of your studies. Choosing your own areas of interest, you will explore a wide range of scholarly debates and learn to handle the academic instruments with which to contribute to relevant discussions. In addition, you will be shown how to apply your specialist, critical knowledge of Classical Antiquity to texts and other cultural phenomena from later periods.

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Studying Classics in Amsterdam

The Master's in Classics at the UvA is embedded in a long tradition of teaching and researching Latin and Greek, as well as the wider cultural heritage of the city of Amsterdam. Greek tragedies are regularly performed in Amsterdam's many theatres and the city also has its own antiquities museum, the Allard Pierson Museum. Closely involved in the Master's programme teaching, the the Allard Pierson Museum houses a large collection of ceramics, glass and bronzes from Greek and Roman Antiquity as well as one of the most important collections of works of Classical Antiquity in the Netherlands and the wider European region.

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The Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

The Master's programme in Classics 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 Ancient Studies. 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.

Degree certificate

Classics 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).


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Classics (Classics and Ancient Civilizations)
Degree programme MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time, part-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60821