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Uncover the ancient world

After graduating with a Master’s degree in Classics and Ancient Civilizations, you’ll be well prepared for positions requiring in-depth knowledge of this field, or other jobs requiring a range of academic skills.

Alumni from the programme have started careers in teaching, commercial research, arts management, and the broader cultural heritage sector, including museums, archives, journalism, publishing and cultural tourism.

If you plan to continue your career in education, you’ll be well equipped to follow an Educational Master’s programme specialising in Greek and Latin or History. Taught in Dutch, this will allow you to become a fully qualified secondary school teacher in the Netherlands. If you decide to pursue an academic career, it’s a good idea to discuss the possibility of switching to a two-year Research Master's programme.

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Start working

A Master’s degree in Classics and Ancient Civilizations gives you three main options.

You can start working, using your in-depth knowledge and academic skills, in areas like arts management, commercial research, or the broader cultural sector – including museums, archives, journalism, publishing and cultural tourism.

Or you can follow an Educational Master’s programme and become a fully qualified secondary school teacher in the Netherlands. 

With the:

  • Classics specialisation, you can follow VU Amsterdam’s one-year Dutch Educational Master’s (Leraar VHO in de Taal- en Cultuurwetenschappen), specialising in Greek and Latin. 
  • Ancient Studies specialisation, you can follow an Educational Master's with a History profile. Read more (in Dutch).

Pursue a PhD candidacy

Alternatively, you can pursue a PhD candidacy at the UvA or VU Amsterdam, or at another university in the Netherlands or abroad. Discuss the possibility of joining a two-year Research Master's programme with your supervisor.