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Master Classics (Classics and Ancient Civilizations)

Classics (Classics and Ancient Civilizations)

The Master’s programme Classics is a small-scale academic programme that covers a wide range of fields such as Greek and Latin literature and linguistics, ancient Christianity, Byzantinology, ancient philosophy, intertextuality, narratology, and reception studies.

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Studying Classical Antiquity

In this Master's, you will analyse sources more thoroughly than during your Bachelor’s phase and will learn to handle academic instruments. This will enable you to apply your specialism within Classical Antiquity to texts and other cultural phenomena from later periods, and to get acquainted with relevant contemporary discussions.

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The Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

This Master’s degree programme is offered by two universities. The University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam have combined their expertise on the field of ancient history and archaeology in the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). This merging of specialists from various academic disciplines creates a stimulating environment for collaboration and study.

Why study Classics & Ancient Civilizations in Amsterdam

  • You will have the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of two universities in Amsterdam.
  • You will gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the political, social, cultural and religious history of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.
  • This programme combines linguistics, literature and cultural history in order to study the language, literature and material culture of Ancient Greece and Rome.
  • You will take part in intensive classes consisting of small groups and will benefit from direct personal contact with tutors.
  • You will have the opportunity to study Classics in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, one of the most vibrant cultural and cosmopolitan cities of the world.
  • Greek tragedies are regularly performed in Amsterdam’s many theatres and the city also has its own antiquities museum, the Allard Pierson Museum, which is closely involved in the programme.

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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).

Once you enrol at the UvA, you will also automatically be enrolled as a guest student at VU Amsterdam. If you enrol at VU Amsterdam, the exact opposite applies. Please note that you will receive one diploma from the university at which you originally enrolled.


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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