Masters in Classics and Ancient Civilizations: ClassicsVrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Masters in Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics
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Masters in Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics
The Master’s programme Classics is a small-scale academic programme that covers a wide range of fields such as Greek and Latin literature and linguistics, ancient Christianity, Byzantinology, ancient philosophy, intertextuality, narratology, and reception studies.
You will analyse sources more in-depth than during your Bachelor’s phase and will learn to handle academic instruments. This will enable you to apply your specialism within Classical Antiquity to texts and other cultural phenomena from later periods, and to get acquainted with relevant contemporary discussions.
- This Master’s degree programme is offered by two universities. The University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam combined their expertise on the field of ancient history and archaeology in the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). This merging of specialists from various academic disciplines creates a stimulating environment for collaboration and study.
- You will combine linguistics, literature and cultural history to study the language, literature and material culture of Ancient Greece and Rome.
- Intensive classes consisting of small groups and direct personal contact with tutors.
- The opportunity to study Classics in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, one of the most vibrant cultural and cosmopolitan cities of the world.
- Greek tragedies are regularly performed in Amsterdam's many theatres and the city also has its own antiquities museum, the Allard Pierson Museum, which is closely involved in the programme.
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The Master’s programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics is open to students with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following programmes from the UvA or VU Amsterdam, or a recognized equivalent from another accredited university:
- Bachelor’s degree in Greek and Latin language and culture, or a similar degree programme.
The level of a Bachelor’s degree from a foreign institution of higher education must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent).
The Faculty’s Admission Board will review whether you meet the admission requirements.
English language requirements
Students applying for a Master’s degree programme should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level.
The proficiency requirement in English can be met by the successful completion of one of the examinations mentioned below, with the scores indicated. Only students who have completed a full high school/International Baccalaureate in English or Bachelor’s degree in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia may be exempted.
- Cambridge English: Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B or C
- IELTS: 7.0 overall band score, with a minimum of 6.5 on each item
- TOEFL score
paper based: 600, with a minimum of 55 in each of the subtests plus 4.0 in TWE
internet based:100, with a minimum of 20-23 in each of the subtests
Please note: tests must have been completed no more than two years before the start of the programme.
See the Admission and language requirements page for further information on the general requirements.
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The programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics is offered on a full-time basis starting in the first semester of the academic year.
The programme comprises 60 ECTS credits:
30 credits for Core courses
6 credits for Optional courses
6 credits for Tutorial or Term Paper
18 credits for a Master’s thesis
- Methodology: Intertextuality and Classical Storytelling
- Interdisciplinary seminar
- Greek and Latin linguistics
- Greek literature
- Latin literature
In addition to the obligatory courses, you will choose one of these optional courses:
- Late Greek and late Latin
- Reception of Classical Literature
- Ancient Epic through the Ages
An important part of the programme, the Master’s thesis enables you to conduct original research under the supervision of one of the staff members. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser.
Scholarships & funding
With our own scholarship, the VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP), we offer highly motivated students with excellent study results the unique opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree with financial support provided by the university. The VUFP scholarship is a tuition fee waiver. The Holland Scholarship Programme (HSP) is meant for students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to follow a Master’s programme in the Netherlands. VU Amsterdam embraces diversity as an enrichment to our teaching, research and our contribution to society. This scholarship is specifically intended for excellent students who contribute to the diversity at our campus. As an international student planning to study at VU Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries.
- EU-EER students fee: € 2,168
- NON-EU students fee: € 16,060
Master’s degree in Classics and Ancient Civilizations and the title Master of Arts (MA)
The Master's programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics prepares you for a broad range of career opportunities.
The Job Market
Students graduating with a Master’s degree in Classics and Ancient Civilizations can be employed in positions requiring in-depth knowledge of the ancient world. They also find their way into other jobs requiring a range of academic skills. Examples of sectors in which students who have followed this programme have found positions include:
- commercial ancient research
- teaching and academia
- arts management
- the broad cultural heritage sector including:
- cultural tourism
An Academic Career
Graduates can also continue to do a PhD programme at VU Amsterdam, another Dutch university or a university abroad. When pursuing an academic career, it is advisable to discuss the possibility of joining a two-year Research Master's programme.
About this institute
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- Human Health and Life Sciences
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- Connected World
- Governance for Society
As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.
In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.
The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.
At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.
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