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What are the classical roots of modern ideas about politics? How do you write a commentary on a text from antiquity? Find out by following one of the tracks of this Master's degree programme.

The Master's degree programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations consists of two tracks:

  • Classical Studies
  • Ancient History

In the Classical Studies degree programme, we take an academic approach to various themes from Antiquity. You will learn how to critically assess written and material sources. You can opt for a more language-oriented or a less language-oriented curriculum. In the Ancient History specialization, we take a historical approach to the period from Hellenism to Late Antiquity. In addition to literary sources, you will use inscriptions, papyri and archaeological sources to cast a different light on the ancient world. Both tracks are concluded with a thesis, following which you will be awarded a Master of Arts degree in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. This Master's degree programme is also available as a part-time variant.

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Ancient History (track)

What are the classical roots of modern ideas about politics? How did the religious landscape interact with its political environment? What made the Roman Empire so successful? Why were sports so important? What was the context of the rise of Christianity? These are some of many questions that you can study in Groningen.

Ancient history is a dynamic discipline with a long tradition! In Groningen, Ancient History takes the form of a one-year Master's track with a full-time and a part-time variant. Ancient History in Groningen covers the whole of antiquity, from archaic Greece to the late Roman Empire. We have a particular focus on the political cultural and religious connectivities of the Mediterranean world. We take an interdisciplinary approach especially with archaeology and religious studies. We integrate theoretical approaches and digital humanities in our teaching. In addition to elite culture, we are also interested in aspects of daily life – besides literary sources, we focus on inscriptions, papyri and archaeological sources as cultural objects that cast a radically different light on the ancient world.

Ancient History is a track within the Master's degree programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. Within this track, we offer three specializations:

  • Ancient History and Culture
  • Ancient History and Archaeology
  • Ancient History and Religious Studies

Classical Studies (track)

Are you interested in written and material sources from Antiquity? Do you want to know how to write a commentary on an ancient text? Then this track is just the thing for you.

For news and information about the department of Greek and Latin, visit the departmental website.

NB: If international students apply to this programme, the language of instruction will be English. This Master's track is also offered on a part-time basis.

In this one-year's Master track you learn how to tackle different aspects of Classical Antiquity in an academic way and how to write a commentary on a classical text. You may choose between a more linguistic or more cultural-historical approach. Besides literary sources, inscriptions, papyri and archaeological sources are also used to shed light on the world of Classical Antiquity. It is also possible to follow courses at another faculty, within the Masterlanguage programme, or to include a work placement in the programme. You will finish your programme by writing a thesis.

Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Admission requirements

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language test Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). ERK level B2 (preferably C1).

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Programme form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 €2093 full-time
EU/EEA 2018-2019 €1478 part-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 €12500 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2018-2019 €1478 part-time

Application deadlines

  • 01 May 2018 (course stars 01 September 2018)
  • 15 October 2018 (course starts 1 February 2018)

Job prospects

As a graduate in Classics, you will possess a broad knowledge of Antiquity, a good level of language proficiency, and critical thinking skills. You will be eligible for positions in academic libraries and museums, in journalism, and in the corporate sector. Classics graduates also find work with publishers and cultural and governmental institutions. Or you could find work as a teacher, translator or researcher.

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Last updated October 26, 2018
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