MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics

University of Amsterdam

Languages and cultures of Greco-Roman Antiquity

As a discipline, Classics is alive and kicking. The study of the texts, literatures and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome offers a treasure trove of information. This information is of the highest interest in itself, but is also highly relevant to contempory culture. Do you consider it a challenge to nuance the image of Greco-Roman Antiquity, as well as make new links between the present and the past? If so, then the Master's in Classics is the programme for you. This Master's programme combines linguistics, literature and cultural history. Its special profiles are narratology and discourse linguistics, intertextuality and reception, and ancient thought.

The world of Greco-Roman Antiquity has many facets, which is why Classics embraces many disciplines. Students will be analysing representative primary sources much more in-depth than was the case during the Bachelor’s phase. Choosing their own areas of interest, students will be introduced to scholarly debates and learn to handle the academic instruments with which to contribute to relevant discussions. In addition, students will be shown how to apply their specialist, critical knowledge of Classical Antiquity to texts and other cultural phenomena from later periods.

Classics in Amsterdam

The Master's programme Classics is taught in Amsterdam, where classical pieces are regularly performed. Amsterdam also has its own antiquities museum, the Allard Pierson Museum, which houses a special collection of artifacts from Egypt, as well as a large collection of ceramics, glass and bronzes from Greek and Roman Antiquity. The library of the Allard Pierson Museum has an important collection in the area of Classical Antiquity in the Netherlands and surrounding countries. The library encompasses all aspects of Classical Antiquity, with the exception of numismatics.The Museum is closely involved with ACASA's education.


As of September 2012, the Master’s in Classics and Ancient Civilisations will be jointly provided by the University of Amsterdam and the VU University Amsterdam via the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). The Master’s programme Classics forms part of this joint effort. By pooling their resources in ACASA, the two Amsterdam-based universities offer the broadest package of Master’s programmes in the field of Classical Antiquity in the Netherlands.

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).

Programme structure

The Master's programme Classics comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 42 credits for core courses, electives and tutorials.
  • 18 credits for a Master's thesis.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 19, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,951 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
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Duration 1 year
Price 1,951 EUR
EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students € 10,500 per year.