Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Research (Master Degree)

the Netherlands

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The award
Master Degree

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
EUR 2143 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 11440 per year

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About Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Research at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The research Master's programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations trains you to be a researcher in the field of Ancient Studies. This includes Classics, Archaeology, Ancient History and Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

You will focus on the languages, cultures and history of the Mediterranean region, Western Europe and Western Asia in the period from 1600 BC to 500 AD.

During the programme, you will be firmly rooted in one of the disciplines, but you will also be trained to perform in-depth research within the broad field of Ancient Studies from an interdisciplinary perspective. You will develop an excellent foundation for research-focused a career either in or outside academia.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMaster DegreeHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2143 per yearInternational course feesEUR 11440 per year

Entry requirements

You can be admitted to the Research Master's programme if you have obtained an academic (WO) Bachelor's degree in:

  • Classics (Griekse en Latijnse Taal en Cultuur)
  • Ancient Studies (Oudheidwetenschappen)
  • History with Ancient History as specialization;
  • Philosophy with Ancient Philosophy as specialization
  • Archaeology
  • Assyriology
  • Religious Studies
  • A similar degree programme with a relevant specialization.

You must demonstrate the following knowledge, understanding and skills:

  • Knowledge: knowledge of current research methods and theories within the field of Classics and Ancient Civilizations
  • Understanding: the ability to interpret linguistic, literary or historical texts and/or archaeological data from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Skills: the ability to translate, interpret and analyse Greek and Latin texts of average difficulty with the help of the scholarly apparatus (grammar, dictionary, commentary, secondary literature) (Classics); the ability to carry out a survey of primary sources (literary or material) and secondary literature and to derive from this a 'status quaestionis' (Ancient Studies)

Selection criteria

Your average mark for your Bachelor's programme was 7.5 (or equivalent) or higher;

English language requirements

You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. You can apply online without having the test results, but in case you haven't taken a test yet we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the English taught programmes at the Faculty of Humanities:

  • TOEFL score 600 paper based with a minimum of 55 in each of the subtests plus 4.0 in TWE, score 250 computer based or score 100 internet based with a minimum of 20-23 in each of the subtests).
  • IELTS score of 7.0 overall band score (with none of the separate section scores dropping below a minimum score of 6.5).
  • Cambridge English: Cambridge Proficiency Exam with score A, B, or C; or Cambridge Advanced Exam with score A, B, or C.

Exemptions from providing the English test scores are applicable to students, who:

  • have completed an English-taught secondary or higher education degree in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia; or
  • have earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in an English-taught programme accredited by NVAO in the Netherlands, or
  • have earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in an accredited English-taught programme in another member state of the European Union

The required evidence should, if possible, be included with the complete application. If either unsatisfactory or no evidence of English language proficiency has been provided with the application, admission will be conditional upon the provision of such evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated on the offer letter and must be fulfilled before enrolment at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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