|Programme of||Classics and Ancient Civilizations|
|Title||MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations|
The Master’s programme in Ancient History is specially developed for students wanting to dedicate most of their Master's studies to the history of the Mediterranean and West Asian worlds during antiquity. While our first thoughts go to the BA in History, students with Bachelor's in Greek and Latin Languages and Cultures (Griekse en Latijnse taal en cultuur) , Ancient Studies (Oudheidkunde) and Archaeology (Archeologie) are also welcome to participate. The broad range of study programmes offered by ACASA allows you to become an accomplished historian of antiquity.
Starting September 2012, VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam are offering a joint Master's programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations within the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA), which also offers a range of other Master's programmes in the field of Ancient studies. Thanks to this joint venture you can choose from a wide range of subjects which allows you to develop as a scholar in many different specialisms.
The first semester (= periods 1-3) of the Master's programme Ancient History comprises two core modules (‘Interdisciplinary Seminar: Rulers’ Ideology and Representation’ and ‘Great Debates’). You will follow these core modules during the first two periods of the academic year. In addition, the programme of these periods consists of two modules: ‘A City Full of Gods: Roman Religion and Roman Imperialism’ and ‘From Constantine to Muhammad: Religion and Society in Late Antiquity’. In period 3, you should write a term paper.
During the second semester (= periods 4-6), in period 4 you will follow a module ‘City Life in the Roman Empire’. In period 5, you can opt for a tutorial about ‘Greek Elite Culture in the Roman Empire’ or ‘Ancient Near Eastern History and Culture’. Simultaneously you will be working on your Master’s thesis, period 6 being earmarked for giving it the finishing touch.
The programme comprises 60 ECTS credits:
The Master’s thesis (18 ECTS) reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser.
Graduates of the MA in Ancient History can find employment in sectors where knowledge of ancient culture and history is important such as history magazines, publishers, cultural travel organisations and museums. Because of your broad background you will also be a sought after candidate for positions requiring one to critically assess esoteric data and then coherently report on said data in a clear and concise manner.
Furthermore graduates of the MA in Ancient History can also enrol for a teaching qualification (first-level) in history.
After obtaining an MA in Ancient History you will also be able to do PhD research at universities or research institutes. Both at VU and UvA Universities several new PhD positions become 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 Civilizations. This Master’s programme specifically trains you to become a (university) researcher.
VU Amsterdam together with UvA, are the only universities in the Netherlands where study of the ancient history of the Near and Far East is explicitly linked with consideration of Mediterranean history. We also focus on Greek elite culture in the Roman Imperial era. In addition, you come into contact with students from widely differing backgrounds such as history, ancient studies, Greek and Latin language and culture and Archaeology.
Synkratos is an association for students who study Archaeology, Classics or Ancient Studies. Since we were established in 1988, we welcome everyone who is interested in the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world or who is just looking to socialize. Each year we offer a variety of social and cultural activities, varying from lectures, evenings with board games, visits to museums and sporting activities.
We also offer a cultural trip once a year to a beautiful destination with a focus on the ancient world. Usually, we can be found in the main building of the VU, but you can also contact us through Facebook or by sending a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Master’s programme Ancient History is open to students with a Bachelor’s degree from the UvA or the VU, or with a Bachelor’s degree or a recognized equivalent from another accredited university, in:
* Provided that Ancient History has been adequately covered in your Bachelor’s programme. In addition to assessing the content of your Bachelor’s, the Admission Board will also take into consideration your study results and your motivation.
Other Bachelor’s diplomas
Prospective students with Bachelor’s degrees (university) other than those mentioned above, can nonetheless apply for admission to the programme. In such cases the Admission Board will take a look at the content of the prospective student’s Bachelor programme, the study results obtained and general motivation.
Candidates with an HBO (higher professional education) qualification
Students with a higher professional education qualification cannot proceed directly to the Master’s degree programme in Ancient history. They will have to complete a Bachelor’s degree programme (or a short-track Bachelor’s programme) first.
Application for Dutch students and international candidates with a Dutch degree
If you wish to be admitted to the Master’s programme in Ancient Studies (60 ECTS credits), you must register via Studielink before 1 June.
After registration in Studielink you will receive an E-mail giving your log-in code for VUnet, the student portal of VU Amsterdam. You can complete your registration and upload your passport photo in VUnet. Fill in Ancient History as your specialization
Not a VU Amsterdam student
In addition, you must e-mail the following documents to email@example.com:
Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.
After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. After you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.
Step 3: Await decision on admission
The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!
Step 4: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation what to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at VU Amsterdam!
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Contact for International Degree Students
For detailed questions about the Master’s programmes or the application procedure contact your International Student Advisor at the International Office: