M.A. On Campus

Classics and Ancient Civilizations

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

12 months
16630 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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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 Classics and Ancient Civilizations MA programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam may be the programme for you.


What you will study

This Classics and Ancient Civilizations MA programme is offered jointly by the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit 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.

The Master’s in Classics and Ancient Civilizations gives you a world-class, interdisciplinary education in the ancient world. If you specialise in Classics, you’ll receive excellent training in classical linguistics, grounded in intertextual and narratological approaches to classical literature, while familiarising you with post-classical Greek and Latin. If you specialise in Ancient Studies, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the social, cultural and religious history of Ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East.

Promotion alumni sessions Master’s day

During the Master’s day, you can also meet our (international) alumni during several workshops. In these sessions they will tell you more about career opportunities after finishing your Master’s degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Story vs. History: Rhetoric & Propaganda 
  • The Ancient World & Modern Theory: The Female Perspective 
  • The Language of Literature: How to Make a Myth? 
  • Echoing Texts and Themes: Medea, Intertextual Heroine 
  • Politics and Society: Republican Rome and the Creation of Empire
  • Religion and Society: From Constantine to Muhammad 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • For the specialization Classics, you must have a Bachelor’s degree in Classics from an accredited university
  • For the specialization Ancient Studies, you must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and must have taken academic courses equivalent to at least one full-time semester of academic studies (30 EC) in Classics, Ancient Studies, Archaeology or History (with demonstrable relationship to Ancient Studies)
  • 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 and a list of all the main literature  

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16630 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16630 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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