Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research)

2 Jahre
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Application deadline: 1 May (1 April if you want to use the housing options of the VU)
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The research Master's programme aims to deliver well equipped researchers in the field of Ancient Studies: Classics, Archaeology, Ancient History and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. It focuses on the cultures and societies of the Mediterranean region, Western Europe and Western Asia in the period from c. 1600 BC to 500 AD.

The programme offers a good mix of disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and research. Disciplinary because the programme builds on the specializations offered in your Bachelor's programme; interdisciplinary because you make use of the results of related disciplines during the so-called 'core courses'. These are two interdisciplinary courses, in which members of the teaching staff from various disciplines from the department of Archaeology, Classics and Near Eastern Studies teach you how to approach a shared research theme from different perspectives and to provide theoretical underpinning for this theme.

There are three specializations you can choose from for this masters' programme:

  • Ancien History
  • Ancient Studies
  • Classics

Opting for the research Master’s programme will bring you into an inspiring research environment. The department of Archaeology, Classics and Near Eastern Studies has been extremely successful of recent years in creating research opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral research students, including large thematic projects which have room for a number of doctoral and postdoctoral research students.

The research Master's programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations was previously known as the (Dutch) Master's programme Oudheidstudies (Research).

Wide range of career options

Academic career
The research Master’s programme in Ancient Studies is the ideal stepping stone to an academic career in the field of archaeology, Greek and Latin language and culture, Ancient history and Assyriology of the first millennium BC. It opens the way to doctoral research at a university or research institute. There are currently a total of 26 doctoral students and 4 postdoctoral students in the department of Ancient Studies and Archaeology. We aim to increase the number of doctoral students in the near future, so if you do well in your research Master’s programme,  you stand a good chance of being accepted for a doctoral study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The Faculty of Arts at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers a number of fully paid PhD studentships each year for doctoral students who submit a good research proposal that is in line with the Faculty’s research programme. There are also a number of research projects at the department of Ancient Studies funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)

Other options
The research Master’s programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations does not just train students to be academic researchers. You can find our alumni in challenging and interesting jobs as an archaeologist, classicist or consultant in Ancient Studies in archaeology firms, in museums of classical antiquity, in government services, in university libraries or as a science editor for a newspaper or magazine. Or if you want to go into teaching, you can become a university lecturer or a lecturer in higher professional education (HBO).

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Request up to five programs and select which information you wish to receive. After sending the request, you will get an email with a download link for your pdf brochure.

Evelien de Bruin

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Campus
De Boelelaan 1105 
1081 HV Amsterdam
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