In the Master’s programme Ancient History, you will explore the rich and vibrant history of the Mediterranean world during Classical Antiquity.
Studying Greek and Roman antiquity at the UvA
The Master's programme in Ancient History offers students a stimulating environment in which to study a broad range of historical issues pertaining to the ancient world. The course is unique in that it offers a joint degree programme in which the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit collaborate, allowing students to become acquainted with the specialisations of a wide range of staff members of both universities. Students will follow a focused programme of courses and be able to develop their own interests within the field of Greek and Roman antiquity.
The Master's programme in Ancient History offers students:
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of the political, social, cultural and religious history of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.
- Intensive classes consisting of small groups and direct personal contact with tutors.
Thorough training in analysing complicated historical issues using divergent source material as well as developing reporting skills (both orally and in writing) on historical debates in Greek and Roman history.
Ancient History in Amsterdam
The Master's programme in Ancient History is one of three Classics and Ancient Civilizations programmes offered by the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA), a joint venture of the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam – for the other programmes, see: Ancient Studies and Classics. ACASA enables you to benefit from the expertise of two universities and allows you to choose from a wide range of courses, interest fields, and specialisations.
Amsterdam also has its own Classical Antiquity museum, the Allard Pierson museum, which houses a special collection of artefacts 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 trains students in analysing complicated historical issues. It also enables them to hone their communication skills through various media. These analytical and communicative skills are essential for any professional career in a wide range of fields: from a career in politics to working at cultural institutions.
- Research and communication for media and cultural institutions (museums, publishers)
- Education and educational institutions
- National and municipal government bodies
After obtaining an MA in Ancient History, graduates will also be able to do PhD research at universities or research institutes. The Faculty of Humanities annually makes several new PhD positions available to Master’s graduates. You can also do a PhD research project in your own time (external PhD researcher) if you are able to find a qualified person to act as your PhD thesis supervisor. However, if you’re seriously focused on an academic career, it is best to enrol for the two-year Research Master’s in Classics and Ancient Civilisations. This Master’s programme specifically trains you to become a (university) researcher.
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Last updated October 15, 2018