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Classics and Ancient Civilizations - Research

24 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The two-year Classics and Ancient Civilizations - Research programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam trains you to function successfully in a research-oriented position either in academia or in professional fields.


The Classics and Ancient Civilizations - Research programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam trains you to do research, write project proposals, acquire research funding, and communicate your research results effectively to an academic audience and the wider public.

It can best be characterized as a disciplinary programme in an interdisciplinary context. In composing your individual programme, you may opt for a disciplinary specialization in Classics, Ancient Studies, Archaeology or Ancient Near Eastern Studies. 

In the core modules, as well as in several elective courses, however, you will be stimulated to broaden your academic horizon by learning to position your discipline within a broader interdisciplinary academic context. You may also choose to give your entire programme, including your thesis, an interdisciplinary orientation.

What jobs do our alumni have?

You can find our alumni in challenging and interesting jobs such as:

  • researcher
  • professor
  • archaeologist
  • classicist
  • consultant at an archeological firm
  • museum employee in classical antiquity
  • government services officer
  • university librarian
  • science editor for a newspaper or magazine

You will possess a number of skills that are attractive to employers in academia and beyond, such as:

  • excellent research skills
  • the ability to quickly and critically analyse large sets of data
  • advanced writing and presentation skills
  • cross-cultural skills for operating in an international context
  • the ability to see the potential for cooperation with others outside your own discipline/profession
  • collaborative skills for working in teams

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ethnicity
  • Text and Matter
  • Transformations of Classical and Near Eastern Literature and Culture
  • From Theory to Text: How to write a commentary
  • 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
  • Akkadian

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

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


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

You can be admitted to the Research Master’s programme if you have obtained an academic (WO) Bachelor’s degree in:  

  • Classics (Griekse en Latijnse Taal en Cultuur)
  • Ancient Studies (Oudheidwetenschappen)
  • History with Ancient History as specialization;
  • Philosophy with Ancient Philosophy as specialization
  • Archaeology
  • Assyriology
  • Religious Studies
  • A similar degree programme with a relevant specialization.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    16830 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16830 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.

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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