12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Classics MA programme at Leiden University gives you the opportunity to study the Greek and Roman world with a focus on Greek and Latin language and literature.


The Classics MA programme at Leiden University is part of the oldest Classics department in the Netherlands, with chairs held in Latin and Greek since the university was founded in 1575 – making for an almost five hundred year tradition in the field. The programme is taught by academic staff internationally renowned for their research work. Research at Leiden University in the field of Classics – Greek in particular – is at the leading edge of the field. External lecturers are regularly invited to teach on specialized topics. And, every semester, a number of national and international speakers - both well-known experts and promising young researchers – are invited to speak in the lecture series Forum Antiquum.  

During the programme you will develop your knowledge across the full range of traditional Classics topics, but the Leiden Classics programme also gives you the opportunity to specialise in research fields such as Ancient History, Ancient Philosophy, Papyrology and Renaissance Latin.

Career prospects

  • Policy officer for education
  • Conservator of classical antiquity at a museum
  • Education officer at a museum
  • PhD candidate at a university
  • Research analyst at a consultancy firm
  • Teacher of classical languages at a secondary school
  • Teacher at an institute for special needs education
  • Policy officer at the provincial department of a political party
  • Chief desk editor at a publishing house

Programme Structure

Programme structure and core courses:

  • The MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations specialization programme Classics spreads out over two semesters.
  • Together with classes from cultural-historical disciplines (e.g., Ancient Philosophy, Ancient History or Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity), courses on Greek and (Renaissance-) Latin literature and linguistics form the heart of the programme.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in Classics. 
  • The Faculty Board may, on request, grant admission to applicants who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Faculty Board that they possess a level of knowledge, understanding and skills equal to that of holders of a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in Classics. 
  • An academic Bachelor’s degree in a comparable discipline, with classes on Greek and Latin texts in the original language, equivalent to the 95 credits required in the Dutch system may suffice.
  • Applicants are required to submit an overview of ancient Greek and Latin texts that they have read in the original language during their undergraduate/graduate studies.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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