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MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations

Leiden University
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
Leiden
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program Description

MA student

Study an MA in Classics and Ancient Civilizations at Leiden University

The masters program in classics and ancient civilizations at Leiden University provides comprehensive training covering the entire range of present-day research on the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome, Egypt and the Near East.

This MA programme is unique in the Netherlands in the breadth of its subject matter, the historical periods covered and the multidisciplinary approach of its study. From the beginning of history in Egypt and Mesopotamia up to Greek and Roman culture and Renaissance Latin, Coptic or Hebrew. Characteristic for the MA is its focus on reading ancient texts in their original languages, and discussing the different interpretations that the texts allow.

The Leiden programme distinguishes itself from other similar master’s programmes by offering expertise in the world of:

  • Ancient Mesopotamia and Anatolia
  • Egypt (ancient, antique and late-antique)
  • Greco-Roman Antiquity
  • The Hebrew Bible
  • Ancient Judaism and emerging Christianity

all seen from a multidisciplinary perspective.

The programme introduces a wide variety of research methods, all of them well-represented in the research carried out at Leiden University. The combined study of sources of different nature is a particularly exiting research approach, because it may lead to new interpretations of the past. Traditional philology with its intimate knowledge of languages and textsis enriched by social history and economic theory, comparative literature, the study of religion in an anthropological perspective and, of course, archaeology and material culture.

Admission requirements

The specifics depend upon the specialization, but in general:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or the ability to demonstrate that the candidate meets the requirements for such a degree, including the General Academic Skills.
  • A good command of English as demonstrated by IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based), or CPE (A, B or C) evidenced by an appropriate test.

Degree & diploma

Master of Arts in Classics and Ancient Civilizations

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Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands offering a wide variety of programs. Leiden University is a truly international university, uniting people and knowledge from all corners of the world.  The university is comprised of...


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leiden the Netherlands

Leiden, Netherlands

Leiden, the Netherlands

Life in Leiden is greatly influenced by the relatively large number of students, as most of them both live and study in the historic city of Leiden, which has approxomately 120.000 inhabitants. Leiden University does not have a campus, but the city is it’s campus. You will almost always run into someone you know when you go shopping or when you go out at night. Since Leiden is...


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Leiden University

Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

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