Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics

Linguistics, literature and cultural history of the Greco-Roman antiquity
Programme ofClassics and Ancient Civilizations
TitleClassics

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, 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.

Why study Archaeology in Amsterdam?

  • 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.
  • 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.

Programme overview
The programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics is offered on a full-time basis starting in the first semester of the academic year.

Programme structure
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

Core Courses:
- Methodology: Intertextuality and Classical Storytelling
- Interdisciplinary seminar
- Greek and Latin linguistics
- Greek literature
- Latin literature

Optional Courses:
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

Thesis
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.

Classics & Ancient Civilizations: Classics courses in study guide.

Students who show exceptional promise during a Master’s programme are encouraged to continue their studies in one of our Research Master’s programmes. If you decide to switch programmes and are admitted before the start of the second semester, you will be able to transfer all credits earned in the first semester to your Research Master’s degree programme. In case you join later, the Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for the Research Master’s programme.

Within ACASA, there are two Research Master’s programmes, which would be suitable for a continuation of your studies:

Once you enrol at VU Amsterdam, you will also automatically be enrolled as an guest student at the UvA. You will receive a diploma from VU Amsterdam once all of the course components have been successfully completed. If you enrolled at the UvA, the exact opposite applies. You will therefore receive one diploma from the university at which you originally enrolled.

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).

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:
    • museums
    • archives
    • journalism
    • 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.

If you want to become a fully qualified teacher of Classics at secondary school level in the Netherlands, you can follow the one-year Dutch taught Educational Master (Leraar VHO in de Taal- en Cultuurwetenschappen, specialisatie Griekse en Latijnse taal en cultuur) after completing the Master’s programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics.

For those who wish to follow the Educational Master’s programme, you will have to follow all five core courses of this Master’s specialization Classics, and choose between a tutorial or a term paper. Additionally, it is obligatory to follow the core course Classics in the Classroom (Klassieken voor de Klas) of the Educational Master’s programme.

Classics & Ancient Civilizations: Classics courses in study guide.

Synkratos is an association for students who study Classics or Ancient Studies. Ancient Studies 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 an appealing destination linked to 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 synkratos.fgw@vu.nl.

Zoe Ntonta

Alumnus

Zoe Ntonta

''Studying at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has been one of the greatest experiences in my life. The university welcomed me with a lot of warmth and helped me to develop my skills, such as critical thought, the capability of composing long assignments and becoming more creative by brainstorming about new ideas. After completing my Thesis, I feel that I am a new person with a more organized thought and experience in the Academic community. In addition, the majority of the Professors and Lecturers were truly approachable, down to earth and open to students’ new ideas. Overall, I would recommend Vrije Universiteit to everyone out there who wants to participate in a challenging Master programme and wants to meet people from all around the world!''

Dutch students

The Master’s programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics is open to students with a Bachelor’s degree from the UvA or VU Amsterdam, or a recognized equivalent from another accredited university.

On behalf of the Examinations Board, the Faculty’s Admission Board will review whether you meet the admission requirements.

All students applying for the Master’s programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics must register via Studielink before June 1st.

After you have applied for the Master’s programme in Studielink, you will receive two emails with your login details for VUnet (VU Amsterdam’s studentportal). Please complete your application in VUnet. Don’t forget to fill in the Master’s programme specialization: Classics.

Next to this, the following required documents should be send to: toelating.fgw@vu.nl

  • application form (Dutch)
  • transcript of records (scan of original)
  • motivation letter
  • curriculum vitae

On behalf of the Examinations Board, the Faculty’s Admission Board will review your application. You will be notified via Studielink.

See the Application for Dutch Students page for more information on application.

For questions about the programme
Please contact the programme coordinator:

Prof.dr. G.J. Boter
E: g.j.boter@vu.nl

Come meet us at the next Master's Event!

International students

The Master’s programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations is open for application to students with a Bachelor’s degree from the UvA or VU Amsterdam, or a recognized equivalent from another accredited university.
The level of the Bachelor’s degree from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent).

On behalf of the Examinations Board, the Faculty’s Admissions 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.

If you are interested in a scholarship, you need to apply for both the Master's programme and the scholarship.

Learn more about Scholarships.

If you have read the admission criteria and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

You can find all information on the application procedure on the Admission and Language Requirements page.

Step 1: Meet admission criteria

Step 2: Prepare documents and apply online
Please prepare the following documents. All documents should be provided in English.

  • Copy of your valid passport or ID (ID only for EU residents)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation Letter
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcript of records
  • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing, at least 5 pages plus a list of used literature)
  • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
  • A list of all the main literature used during your previous higher education

After you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.

Step 3: Await decision on admission
On behalf of the Examinations Board, the Faculty’s Admissions Board will review your application. 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.

Step 4: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. On the Admission and Language Requirements page 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!

Further information about:

For questions about the programme
Please contact the programme coordinator:

Prof.dr. G.J. Boter
E: g.j.boter@vu.nl

For practical questions regarding your application
Please contact our International Student Advisor:

Irena Paap
E: masters.hum@vu.nl
T: +31 (20) 59 85252

Come meet us at the next Master's Event!

Sean Keller

Alumnus

Sean Keller

"During the Bachelor’s degree programme I read the ‘canonical’ texts, which were extensively analysed and discussed in class. These classes sparked my interest for subjects that were unfortunately – but logically – not taught in the Bachelor’s programme. The Master’s programme at the VU offered the perfect solution! The Master Classics & Ancient Civilizations offers the opportunity to construct your own research programme by choosing courses that fit your research interests. Tutorials are particularly inspiring, as the student-teacher contact is very personal and encourages you to leave the beaten track and to come to your own interpretations and conclusions. The Master’s programme at the VU was so inspiring to me that I will now embark on a PhD!"

Overview Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

1 year

APPLICATION DEADLINE

1 June

START DATE

1 September

STUDY TYPE

Full-time

SPECIALIZATIONS

Linguistics and Narratology; Intertextuality and Reception

FIELD OF INTEREST

Art, Culture and History