Choose from four specialisations
The Research Master's programme distinguishes itself from other similar master's programmes by consistently integrating the world of the Hebrew Bible, ancient Judaism, emerging Christianity, the cuneiform cultures of Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt (ancient, antique and late-antique) and Greco-Roman Antiquity within their broader context.
The number of specialisations on offer at Leiden University is also unparalleled.
The Research Master in Classics and Ancient Civilizations (2 year, 120 EC) provides intensive and comprehensive training covering the entire range of present-day research on the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome and the Ancient Near East. You may specialise in one of four tracks:
- Hebrew and Aramaic Studies
Use a range of research methods
The programme makes creative use of a wide range of research methods, all of them well-represented at Leiden University. Traditional philology with its intimate knowledge of languages and texts, while still indispensable, is enriched by social history and political theory, comparative literature, the study of religion in an anthropological perspective and archaeology and material culture.
Focus on your area of interest
You will be able to tailor your study programme to your personal interests by creating your own combination of courses within the specialisation of your choice from other research master’s programmes within the Faculties of Humanities.
It is also possible to study the one-year Master’s programme Classics and Ancient Civilisations.
Admission and Application
We invite motivated students from around the world to apply for the Master of Arts in Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research). Admission requirements may vary per specialisation, please visit the specialisation of your interest to find out more about the entry requirements:
Graduates in this research master are qualified to work as junior researchers in an academic environment or they can apply for a PhD programme. Those not wishing to pursue an academic career might consider a position for which an academic level of thinking and working is required. Away from academia, career options open to you include working within the fields of publishing or teaching, at policy-making departments of governmental bodies, within the education sector, or within cultural tourism.