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Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Ancient Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Master Postgraduate Amsterdam

Course description

Qualification Master of Arts
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary A different approach, experience the antiquity from your own passion.
Course description The Master's programme Ancient Studies does not adhere to disciplinary boundaries. There is almost not a single question which can be answered solely from an archaeological or literary vantage point. At Ancient Studies you learn to use that which is necessary, be it Ancient History, Archaeology, Ancient Languages or Philosophy. An ideal situation if you consider yourself both an historian and archaeologist, and want to view literature as a product of society. Questions you come across are, for example: Rome was an ethnic melting pot during imperial times. How did classical poets react to this, and can traces of this ethnic intermingling be found in studies of living conditions and artistic expressions? There are a lot of texts about dreams originating from the classical world (from Mesopotamia to Rome and Byzantium). Can we learn more about the people of antiquity by studying these dreams? And what is the influence of Latin literature on Dutch literature? Or: For once don't compare Homer with Virgil, but with the Gilgamesh epic.
Study subjects There are five specializations you can make your choice from: * Interdisciplinary Approaches to Antiquity * Ancient Religions and the Rise of Christianity * Akkadian * Greek * Latin For more information, visit the following website:
Course objectives -
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 12 month(s)
full-time, part-time
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes group discussion, group assignment, lecture, research, research project, research proposal, practicum, tutorial, self study
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

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Admission requirements
  1. In order to gain admission to one of our Master's programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor's degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. Specific admission requirements for the Master's programme Ancient Studies, which may vary with the chosen specialization, are specified in the descriptions of the five specializations under the heading 'STUDY PROGRAMME'. For more information please visit:
  2. For information about admission and application please go to:
Language requirements
IELTS listening 6.5
IELTS overall band 7
IELTS reading 6.5
IELTS speaking 6.5
IELTS writing 6.5
TOEFL computer based 250
TOEFL internet based 100
TOEFL paper based 600
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
full-time, part-time
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 Jun 2020 1 Apr 2020
1 Sep 2021 1 Jun 2021 1 Apr 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
No tuition fees available.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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