In the Master's programme in Classics, you will combine linguistics, literature and cultural history to study the language, literature and material culture of Ancient Greece and Rome.
Classics: Languages and cultures of Greco-Roman Antiquity
The Master's in Classics offers an interdisciplinary programme that embraces the many facets of the world of Greco-Roman Antiquity. As a student of the Classics, you will analyse representative primary sources much more in-depth than was the case during the Bachelor’s phase of your studies. Choosing your own areas of interest, you will explore a wide range of scholarly debates and learn to handle the academic instruments with which to contribute to relevant discussions. In addition, you will be shown how to apply your specialist, critical knowledge of Classical Antiquity to texts and other cultural phenomena from later periods.
Studying Classics in Amsterdam
The Master's in Classics at the UvA is embedded in a long tradition of teaching and researching Latin and Greek, as well as the wider cultural heritage of the city of Amsterdam. Greek tragedies are regularly performed in Amsterdam's many theatres and the city also has its own antiquities museum, the Allard Pierson Museum. Closely involved in the Master's programme teaching, the Allard Pierson Museum houses a large collection of ceramics, glass and bronzes from Greek and Roman Antiquity as well as one of the most important collections of works of Classical Antiquity in the Netherlands and the wider European region.
The Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology
The Master's programme in Classics 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 History and Ancient Studies. 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.
Classics 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).
A university language study leads to more than just one specific career. As a graduate of Classics, you can be employed in positions within your area of expertise, as well as other positions which require a critical, independent and inquisitive mindset. Alumni have found employment as:
- Teachers and translators
- Public relations officers
- Policy officers
- Information officers
Possible employers include:
- Secondary schools
- Libraries and publishing houses
- Corporate entities
About two out of every three graduates of the Master's in Classics find employment in secondary education. If you’re indeed planning to become a teacher (see below), you should enrol for the one-year teaching qualification after completion of your Master's programme.
Teacher training programme
Would you like to learn how to teach? Dutch-speaking students who have already completed a Master's programme can register for this one-year programme at the Interfaculty Teacher Training Programmes (Interfacultaire Lerarenopleidingen, ILO).
Dutch-speaking students who completed a minor in Education during their Bachelor's programme are eligible for exemptions from some components of the teacher-training programme.
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Last updated October 15, 2018