M.A. On Campus

Classics and Ancient Civilisations

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Classics and Ancient Civilisations MA programme at Leiden University covers the entire range of present-day research on the civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Syria and Palestine, Greece and the Roman Empire. 


In chronological terms, the program covers thousands of years, from the early origins of Egyptian and Sumerian societies down to the world of Greece and Rome, including its modern reception from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century.

The Classics and Ancient Civilisations MA programme at Leiden University distinguishes itself from other similar programmes through its flexibility and wide range of electives, through the diversity of the research-related specialisms offered within the program, and through the collaboration of Assyriology, Classics, Egyptology and Hebrew and Aramaic Studies within one program. 

The program is well connected with excellent research institutes in Leiden, including the National Institute for the Near East (NINO), the National Museum of Antiquities (RMO) and the University Library, which hosts the Papyrological Institute and a unique collection of ancient and medieval manuscripts.

At Leiden University, our Master students are considered valued members of a close-knit academic community. Small classes, regular individual mentoring, and an informal, open-door policy create an environment that is ideal for the exchange of ideas and the development of your knowledge and intellectual abilities.

Research-based learning is characteristic of the program: students are trained in critical thinking and they learn by doing research on a small or large scale; they are constantly exposed to the ongoing research of the teaching staff. 

Career prospects

  • Policy officer for education
  • Curator 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

You may specialise in one of four specialisations:

  • Assyriology: : gives you the opportunity to explore the rich history of ancient Mesopotamia alongside top researchers in the field.
  • Classics: ranks among the best programs in the world, with teachers who will expose you to innovative research on ancient Greek and Latin literature, ancient history and philosophy.
  • Egyptology: a highly rated programme, in  which you will develop your expertise in Ancient Egypt.
  • Hebrew and Aramaic Studies: where you will study Classical Hebrew and Aramaic.

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

  • Motivated students from around the world are invited to apply for the Master of Arts in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. 
  • Admission requirements may vary per specialisation, please visit the specialisation of your interest to find out more about the entry requirements.

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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