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Classics and Ancient Civilizations (research)

24 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Classics and Ancient Civilizations (research) MA programme at Leiden University covers the entire range of present-day research on the civilisations of Greece and Rome, Egypt and the Ancient Near East.


The Classics and Ancient Civilizations (research) MA programme at Leiden University distinguishes itself from other similar master's programmes by consistently integrating the world of the Hebrew Bible, ancient Judaism, emerging Christianity, the cuneiform cultures of Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt (ancient, antique and late-antique) and Greco-Roman Antiquity within their broader context.

The number of specialisations offered by the Classics and Ancient Civilizations (research) programme is unparalleled. The programme makes creative use of a wide range of research methods, all of them well-represented at Leiden University. Traditional philology with its intimate knowledge of languages and texts, while still indispensable, is enriched by social history and political theory, comparative literature, the study of religion in an anthropological perspective and archaeology and material culture.

Career prospects

  • PhD candidate at Dutch and international universities
  • Project assistant at a Dutch city council
  • Research assistant at a university
  • Curator at a museum
  • Policy officer at a ministry
  • Communications officer
  • Programme manager
  • Teacher of classical languages at a secondary school

Programme Structure

You may specialize in one of four tracks:

  • Assyriology (Research): gives you the opportunity to explore the rich history of ancient Mesopotamia alongside top researchers in the field.
  • Classics (Research): ranks among the best programs in the world, with teachers who will expose you to innovative research on Greek and Latin literature, ancient history and philosophy.
  • Egyptology (Research): focuses on Ancient Egypt as a major player in world history.
  • Hebrew and Aramaic Studies (Research): gives you the opportunity to specialize in the languages and culture of ancient Syria-Palestine.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


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 (Research). 
  • 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 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 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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