Are you interested in the history, literature, and culture of classical, medieval and early modern civilizations? Do you aspire to a career in research? This track is just what you are looking for.

This two-year Research Master's track focuses on Classical Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Early Modernity in Europe and the Middle East. The program gives you the opportunity to explore the similarities and differences between these periods and to gain fundamental insights into the cultural developments and changes of premodern times. You will receive thorough training in today’s relevant research tools for studying the premodern world, including digital humanities.

Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers a multidisciplinary and international environment. Depending on your background and research interests, you can choose one main focus (History, Literature or Classics) within our interdisciplinary program.

You can design your own research profile to fit your interests. The program provides specialist, tailor-made tutorials and courses on theory and method. You will collaborate with our top researchers on their academic projects. You can also spend a study period abroad at one of our partner universities. To complete your studies you will write an MA thesis on a subject of your own choice and specialism under the guidance of our academic team, which will give you a firm basis for further studies at the Ph.D. level.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in small groups of students;
  • A unique interdisciplinary approach that allows students to embed their specialization in wider diachronic or synchronic fields;
  • A tailor-made program that trains students to deepen their specialist knowledge and skills according to their research interests through individual tutorials;
  • The opportunity to take part in excellent research projects in master placements or in the Research Assistant Program.

Program

Year 1

Students take three core modules in the first year. Approaches to Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times offers a theoretical and methodological overview of interdisciplinary analysis and includes a week-long seminar at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR). Digital Approaches to the Premodern World familiarizes students with the field of digital humanities and their uses in premodern studies. In the CMEMS Seminar, students will organize a small-scale academic conference.

Courses

  • Digital Approaches to the Premodern World (5 EC)
  • Approaches of Antiquity, Middle Ages and Early Modern Times (10 EC)
  • Greek Epigraphy (5 EC, optional)
  • Medieval Latin I (10 EC, optional)
  • Research Seminar I (10 EC, optional)
  • Research Seminar II (10 EC, optional)
  • The script, Manuscript, and Print in the Middle Ages and Renaissance I (10 EC, optional)
  • Script, Manuscript, and Print in the Middle Ages and Renaissance II (10 EC, optional)
  • Landscape and Memory (5 EC, optional)
  • CMEMS Seminar (10 EC)
  • Letter-Writing in Premodern Europe (10 EC, optional)
  • Medieval Latin II (10 EC, optional)
  • Research Seminar III (10 EC, optional)
  • Research Seminar IV (10 EC, optional)
  • Script, Manuscript, and Print in the Middle Ages and Renaissance II (10 EC, optional)

Curriculum

Students shape 60 ECTS of their program individually in consultation with the Director of Studies: 20 ECTS should be chosen from the seminars offered by the master programs in History, Classics, and Literary Studies. 10 ECTS of the program consists of seminars taken at the Dutch National Research Schools. For the remaining 30 ECTS students may follow research seminars offered by other Dutch or foreign universities, arrange individual or group tutorials, or take up a research placement.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 16 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
grade list Excellent academic record.
language test Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1.
previous education

BA degree in:

  • History
  • Classics
  • Medieval Studies
  • a European language and culture study (with a specialization in literature and culture)
  • another related field
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results, and the thesis or paper.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

15 January 2020

15 August 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

non-EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 12500 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers many opportunities for developing academic and professional skills and knowledge. Among others, the module Careers in Research and Society will help students to identify and sharpen their skills set acquired during their studies. After graduation, students can continue their academic careers in a Ph.D. project. The track also is excellent preparation for a (research-oriented) career in:

  • libraries
  • museums
  • other cultural organizations
  • journalism
  • education

Many of our students will endeavor to obtain a place as a Ph.D. researcher. Students are informed about the possibilities and pitfalls involved in applying for Ph.D. positions inside and outside the University of Groningen. Each student will have to include a Ph.D. proposal in his or her Master's thesis. Approximately 50% of our alumni have successfully obtained a Ph.D. position.

Students also have the opportunity to build up experience in the form of internships in a cultural institution with a research component, such as Tresoar in Leeuwarden or the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam.

Finally, we want to cater for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching. To this end, we have created a fast track that allows students to integrate part of the Master of Arts in Teaching program into their own program.

Research

The track, which is offered by the Graduate School for the Humanities, is linked to excellent, multidisciplinary research which is carried out at the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) and the national research schools.

Research MA students are required to participate in seminars, courses and summer schools organized by the Dutch national research schools. These 'schools' are organized for the training of Ph.D. students, but some activities are open to or specially set up for you. These events give you, as a Research MA student, the opportunity to deepen your disciplinary profile and to become acquainted with top researchers in your field. You can participate in the following research schools:

  • OIKOS (Netherlands Research School for Classical Studies)
  • Medieval Studies
  • Huizinga Institute for the Research of Cultural History

Students may also be given the opportunity to do excellent research in a master placement which will be awarded ECTS.

Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies takes part in the International Summer School Things That Matter, a collaborative U4 Project with the University of Uppsala and Durham University. Things That Matter focuses on digital humanities and addresses the tension between the materiality of sources and their digitization.

Students of Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies have participated in many research projects that have reached a wider public. In 2014 three students with the aid of Professor Sebastian Sobecki launched the internationally acclaimed Skelton Project, a website on which the poems of John Skelton can be read with background information. Our students have also been involved in the organization of many museums and cultural heritage exhibitions including Papier Ontvouwd and Histories of Healthy Ageing. For more information on the student’s work, please visit the websites of the CMEMS (Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies) Conference of 2018 and 2017.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated October 2, 2019
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