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2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
University of Siena

About this program


Attending the Master’s Degree Course in Classics proposed by the University of Siena means studying the ancient world through a multidisciplinary approach, capable of making the student grasp the determinant values of the ancient cultural dimension, with its common traits and no less important differences compared to the modern one. Students will acquire advanced disciplinary and methodological skills not only in the two classical languages, in classical philology and in ancient history, but also in the anthropology of the ancient world , a discipline linked to the “interdepartmental center of anthropology and the ancient world” founded in 1986 by Maurizio Bettini. Among the other subjects included in the curriculum there are disciplines that complete the path of the classicist future: *papyrology, Greek and Latin palaeography, Byzantine civilization, medieval Latin and humanistic literature, the history of ancient philosophy and classical archeology.

Admission requirements

Bachelor/Undergraduate diploma (or higher)

After you have applied, an Enrolment Committee will assess your competences and skills against the requirements of the MSc Programme.

Admission criteria

The admission to the Master of a graduate who is in possession of a degree awarded by a foreign University or an equivalent foreign institute is evaluated by the Didactic Committee through a case by case assessment, considering the documentation received through online procedures, on the basis of the relevance and consistency of the qualification obtained abroad (and of the entire training course) with the training objectives of the Master, as well as linguistic knowledge.

Procedures at the Italian Diplomatic Representatives

Non-EU citizens

Non-EU citizens are invited to contact the Italian Diplomatic Representation of their countries as soon as possible in order to obtain all the required documents for the pre-enrollment at the University of Siena and for information regarding the VISA process.

EU citizens – Non EU citizens with regular permit to stay – Italians with degrees obtained abroad

They must contact the appropriate Italian Diplomatic Representation in order to obtain all the documents required for enrollment in the University of Siena.

Language requirements

In order to take the MSc courses, students must have an adequate knowledge of the English language, at least of level B1 as established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students can demonstrate to possess the required knowledge level either through a recognized international certification (see the list) of international certifications recognized by the University of Siena), or by passing a B2 level exam at the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo (CLA).

Knowledge of Italian language

The Italian language proficiency test is compulsory for all non-EU candidates residing abroad who enroll in a course taught in Italian and who do not have a language certification that allows the exemption from the test.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please visit the university website for information.

Program delivery

In addition to in-presence teaching, which continues to be the preferred method also in the next Academic Year, every single lesson will be simultaneously live-streamed and/or video recorded and uploaded on our digital platform for subsequent viewing. This mode is essential for students who are temporarily unable to be on premises.


The tuition fee is calculated according to the country of origin and ranges from a minimum of € 756 to a maximum of € 2406 (per year).


Credits - 120 ECTS

Awards - MA (LM-15 Class of master's degrees in philology, literature and history of antiquity)

Career paths

In addition to teaching languages and classical literature in high schools (after the “active training internship”) and in universities (after obtaining the title of PhD) other possible employment opportunities are found in the following sectors: institutions and public and private institutions operating in the fields of conservation and enhancement of the Italian cultural heritage; mass communication (journalism, publishing, publications, new media), both in general (newspapers, magazines, multimedia) and specialist (information in the cultural, archaeological, historical, literary fields etc.); companies that organize cultural events of different nature.

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University of Siena

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53100 Siena

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