Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Master Degree)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam the Netherlands

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The award
Master Degree

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
EUR 2209 per year

How you will study
find out

Course starts

International course fees
EUR 16060 per year

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About Classics and Ancient Civilizations at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Do you want to become an expert in the literature and linguistics of classical languages or in the cultures and religions of Ancient Greece, Rome or the Near East? Then the Master's in Classics and Ancient Civilizations - with its two distinct specialisations - may be the programme for you.

Gain an in-depth understanding of ancient cultures

This Master's is offered jointly by the University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam - combining their expertise in Archaeology, Ancient History and Classics in the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). This merging of specialisations encourages collaboration and extends the options for the supervision of your Master's thesis. Not only is the teaching strongly related to the research expertise of the staff, but you'll also be a partner in research during your studies.

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMaster DegreeHow you will study find outHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2209 per yearInternational course feesEUR 16060 per year

Entry requirements

Admission to the Master's programme is possible for an applicant who has obtained an academic (WO) Bachelor's degree in:

  • Classics (Griekse en Latijnse Taal en Cultuur)
  • Ancient Studies (Oudheidwetenschappen)
  • History with Ancient History as specialization
  • Archaeology
  • Religious Studies
  • Assyriology
  • 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

Special requirements for the specialisation Classics

Applicants who wish to follow the specialisation Classics must, in addition to the provisions in paragraph 1, also meet the following requirements:

  • 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);
  • Bachelor's degree in Greek and Latin language and culture, or a similar degree programme.

Special requirements for the specialisation Ancient Studies

Applicants who wish to follow the specialisation Ancient Studies must, in addition to the provisions in paragraph 1, also meet the following requirements:

  • the ability to carry out a survey of primary sources (literary or material) and secondary literature and to derive from this a 'status quaestionis'

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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