The Mediterranean and West Asian worlds during Classical Antiquity
The Master’s programme Ancient History is specially developed for students wanting to dedicate most of their Master’s studies to the history of the Mediterranean and West Asian worlds during Classical Antiquity. While our first thoughts go to the BA in History, students with Bachelor’s in Greek and Latin Languages and Cultures, Ancient Cultures and Archaeology are also welcome to participate. Due to the broad range of study programmes offered by ACASA (Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology), it is possible to develop oneself as an accomplished historian of Classical Antiquity.
Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies
The programme Ancient History consists of two core modules: 'Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies I and II', both of which introduce students to some of the most important debates within the discipline and give due attention to interdisciplinary research. The modules are concluded with a term paper.
Students can choose between the two specialisations: ‘East-West Confrontations’ and ‘Religion and Culture’. As part of these specialisations, various modules can be chosen, such as ‘Confrontation between Greek and Mesopotamian cultures’, ‘Greek elites during imperial times’ (both VU), ‘The rise of Christianity’ and ‘The Roman city’ (UvA). These lectures perfectly convey the expertise of the academic staff. Aside from the aforementioned, it is also possible to take elective modules from the Master’s programmes Archaeology, Ancient Studies and Classics.
ACASA: Classics and Ancient Civilizations in Amsterdam
As of September 2012, the Master’s programmes Archaeology, and Classics and Ancient Civilizations will be jointly provided by the VU University Amsterdam (VU) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) via the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). Through this partnership, both universities are able to provide the broadest educational package the Netherlands has to offer in the field of Classical Antiquity.
Amsterdam has its own Classical Antiquity 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 museum is closely involved with the education of ACASA.
Ancient History 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).
The Master's programme Ancient History consists of two specialisations:
- East-West Confrontations.
- Religion and Culture.
As part of these specialisations, students can choose various modules such as ‘Confrontation between Greek and Mesopotamian cultures’, ‘Greek elites during imperial times’ (both VU), ‘The rise of Christianity’ and ‘The Roman city’ (UvA). These lectures perfectly convey the expertise of the academic staff.
The Master's programme Ancient History comprises 60 ECTS credits:
- 42 credits for core courses, electives and tutorials.
- 18 credits for the Master’s thesis.
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Cost & Fees
The statutory tuition fee (except for the part-time rate) is determined annually by the Dutch government. Institutional tuition fee rates are set by the higher education institutions individually, and apply to students who do not meet the conditions for the statutory tuition fee rate.
The tuition fee rate is valid for a full academic year. The rate for enrolment as of 1 February can be determined by calculating 7/12ths of the given rate.
Statutory tuition fees 2016-2017
- full-time students € 1,984
- part-time students € 1,706
- dual programme students € 1,984
- AUC students € 4,154
- PPLE students € 3,968
Information for students from the Netherlands, the EEA, the EU, Switzerland and Suriname.
Students from the Netherlands, other countries within the European Economic Area (EEA), the EU, Switzerland and Suriname pay the statutory tuition fees if they satisfy the legal requirements. Institutional fee for students who do not qualify for the statutory fees
You are required to pay the institutional tuition fee if:
- you are not a national of an EU or EEA Member State, Switzerland or Suriname;
- after obtaining your Dutch Bachelor's degree you enrol in a second Bachelor's programme;
- after obtaining your Dutch Master's degree you enrol in a second Master's programme;
- you fail to satisfy all the conditions under one of the UvA's transitional arrangements. You can find the regulations in the 2015-2016 Enrolment Provisions or the 2016-2017 Enrolment Provisions (in Dutch).
Last updated December 22, 2016