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Uncover the ancient world

The one-year Classics and Ancient Civilizations Master's programme allows you to explore the theoretical frameworks and methodologies currently used in Classics or Ancient Studies.

Explore ancient languages, cultures and histories
During the programme, you’ll gain a thorough knowledge of the Greek and Latin languages or of themes in the field of Ancient History, such as Religion, Gender and Urban History. 


Teaching takes place in small group classes with plenty of direct personal contact between you and your tutors. Plus, you’re able to follow and develop your own personal interests by tapping into the wide range of expertise held by the professors at the UvA and VU Amsterdam.

The start date of this programme is September 1st.

Facts and figures

The Study Programme

The programme is made up of two shared interdisciplinary courses (12 EC), two core courses for Classics and Ancient Studies each (12 EC), a term paper (6 EC), two research projects (12 EC), and your Master’s thesis (18 EC). In the first semester, you’ll take two compulsory interdisciplinary courses. If you decide to specialise in Classics, you’ll follow an additional course on the methodology of textual analysis and another course on Greek and Latin linguistics. If you choose to specialise in Ancient Studies, you’ll delve into the specifics of urban life in the ancient world, and the religious developments of Late Antiquity. Assyriologists take two courses on Ancient Near Eastern language and culture (Akkadian). In the final period of the semester, you’ll work on a term paper, which can be related to either the interdisciplinary classes or  a topic of your own choice.
In the second semester, you’ll participate in small groups in two Research Projects which are closely associated with research by faculty staff. And finally, you’ll write your Master’s thesis on your own area of research.

Switching to a Research Master’s programme

Students who show exceptional potential during the regular Master’s programme are encouraged to continue their studies in one of our Research Master’s programmes. If you decide to switch programmes and are admitted before the start of the second semester, you’ll be able to transfer all credits earned in the first semester to your Research Master’s degree. If you decide to join later, the Examinations Board will determine which courses qualify for the Research Master’s programme.

Within ACASA, there are two Research Master’s programmes that are suitable for continuing your studies: Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Research; and Heritage, Memory and Archaeology.

Student association

Synkratos is an association for students who study Classics or Ancient Studies. Established in 1988, we welcome everyone who is interested in the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world. Each year, we offer a variety of social and cultural activities, including lectures, evenings with board games, visits to museums and sporting activities. We also offer a cultural trip once a year to an appealing destination linked to the ancient world.

Change your future with the Classics and Ancient Civilizations programme

Change your future with the Classics and Ancient Civilizations programme

Explore your future prospects
 Woman walks around archaeological site

Questions about the programme?

Please contact the programme coordinator

Send an e-mail to Dr R.J. (Rutger) Allan: r.j.allan@vu.nl