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Modern research into the ancient world and its reception

Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Research

Are you interested in researching the ancient past?

Then the research Master’s in Classics and Ancient Civilizations is the programme for you. Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply.

Academic year 2021-2022
VU Amsterdam expects all students to be able to attend classes on campus again as of September 2021. We look forward to meeting you on campus. Should the current events concerning Covid-19 in the Netherlands give rise to changes in (online) education, we will report it on the website.

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and apply

  • Coronavirus: additional information admission

    Generally speaking, students* must complete their Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s before starting their Master’s programme. This is known as the ‘Ba-before-Ma rule’. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, some students have had to partially stop their studies, resulting in an unfortunate delay.

    Under certain conditions exceptions to this Ba-before-Ma rule can be made for Master’s programmes at VU Amsterdam. This means that students who meet these conditions and are lacking credits for no more than a few courses, will still be able to start their Master’s at VU Amsterdam next year. The missing credits must be completed during the 2021-2022 academic year, in other words no later than August 31st 2022. Please read carefully below which rules apply for admission into this Master’s programme.

    The following rules apply this year for admission into this Master’s programme:

    • You have earned at least 162 EC of the wo Bachelor’s programme that confers entitlement to admission. You must have completed your bachelor thesis or other final work in order to qualify for this scheme.
    • You must complete all educational components of your current programme before 1 September 2022 or before you obtain the Master’s degree certificate, whichever comes first. If you fail to meet this condition, you will not be able to continue or complete the Master’s programme.
    • At the start of the master's programme, the grade average for all the bachelor’s educational components obtained must be at least 7.5.
    • You must have an approved thesis work plan at the start of the master's programme.
    • You must meet the stipulated language requirements.

    *The above supplements do not apply to non-EEA students who must complete a Bachelor’s programme outside of the Netherlands.

    All conditions can be found in the Addendum Pertaining to the 2021-2022 Teaching and Examination Regulations

    Request exceptional admission
    Do you meet these conditions or do you expect to meet these conditions by 31 August at the latest? If so, you can request exceptional admission no later than 1 August using this form.

    Do you not yet meet all of the criteria, but do you expect to meet them by August 31st at the latest? Please apply for exceptional admission already.

    This scheme is meant for students that were faced with unavoidable study delay as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Please note that you are expected to obtain all missing credits in the academic year 2021-2022 (before 1 September 2022), and will therefore have a higher study load.

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor’s degree, VU premaster or Bachelor’s degree at another university)

    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.

    You must demonstrate the following knowledge, understanding and skills:

    • Knowledge: knowledge of current research methods and theories within the field of Classics and Ancient Civilizations
    • Understanding: the ability to interpret linguistic, literary or historical texts and/or archaeological data from an interdisciplinary perspective
    • Skills: the ability to translate, interpret and analyse Greek and Latin texts of average difficulty with the help of the scholarly apparatus (grammar, dictionary, commentary, secondary literature) (Classics); the ability to carry out a survey of primary sources (literary or material) and secondary literature and to derive from this a ‘status quaestionis’ (Ancient Studies)

    Selection criteria

    Your average mark for your Bachelor's programme was 7.5 (or equivalent) or higher.

    Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

    All lectures and student presentations are in English, as are all written assignments. Therefore all prospective students must be proficient in English. It is strongly recommended that you take the VU courses Academic English: Grammar and Academic English: Writing (or similar courses at another university) in your Bachelor's programme.

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) Bachelor’s degree (premaster)

    Students with a higher vocational education qualification (HBO) cannot proceed directly to the Research Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. They will have to complete a Bachelor’s degree programme (or a short-track Bachelor’s programme) first.

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    Your application should consist of the following documents:

    • your CV
    • a motivation letter (no more than one A4 sheet)
    • a research proposal as part of the motivation letter (brief indication of your research interest, 200-300 words)
    • an overview of the results of any relevant courses you have taken besides your previous higher education degrees (diplomas and transcripts of records)

    It is advisable to discuss your research proposal with a member of the teaching staff for this degree programme, in order to make sure that you submit a good research proposal.

    You should combine all the documents requested in a single PDF file, which you can e-mail to the Admission Board of the Faculty of Humanities (toelating.fgw@vu.nl).

    In addition to the application procedure above, you must also register for the programme via Studielink before July 1st. After registration in Studielink you will receive an e-mail giving your log-in code for VUweb, the student portal of VU Amsterdam. You can complete your registration in VUweb, including details of your proposed specialization.

    Are you not a student of the Faculty of Humanities at VU Amsterdam? When completing your registration in VUweb, you will be asked to upload also the following additional documents:

    • transcript of records of your previous higher education degrees (scan from original)
    • a description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education studies, including a list of the main literature read for those courses

    Please prepare these documents before you're going to complete your application in VUweb!

    Your application will be reviewed by the Admission Board of the Faculty of Humanities. You will be informed whether you have been admitted via Studielink.

  • I have an international degree

    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.

    As a student in the Research Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations you are expected to have the following knowledge, insight and skills:

    • knowledge of current research methods and theories within the field of Classics and Ancient Civilizations
    • the ability to interpret linguistic, literary or historical texts and/or archaeological data from an interdisciplinary perspective
    • the ability to translate, interpret and analyse Greek and Latin texts of average difficulty with the help of the scholarly     apparatus (grammar, dictionary, commentary, secondary literature) (Classics)
    • the ability to carry out a survey of primary sources (literary or material) and secondary literature and to derive from this a ‘status quaestionis’ (Ancient Studies)

    Selection criteria

    Your average mark for your Bachelor's programme was 7.5 (or equivalent) or higher

    English language requirements

    You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. You can apply online without having the test results, but in case you haven’t taken a test yet we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the English taught programmes at the Faculty of Humanities:

    • TOEFL score 100 internet based with a minimum of 20-23 in each of the subtests).
    • IELTS score of 7.0 overall band score (with none of the separate section scores dropping below a minimum score of 6.5).
    • Cambridge English: Cambridge Proficiency Exam with score A, B, or C; or Cambridge Advanced Exam with score A, B, or C.

    Exemptions from providing the English test scores are applicable to students, who:

    • have completed an English-taught secondary or higher education degree in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia; or
    • have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an English-taught programme accredited by NVAO in the Netherlands, or
    • have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an accredited English-taught programme in another member state of the European Union

    The required evidence should, if possible, be included with the complete application. If either unsatisfactory or no evidence of English language proficiency has been provided with the application, admission will be conditional upon the provision of such evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated on the offer letter and must be fulfilled before enrolment at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

    See the Admission and language requirements page for further information on the general requirements. 

  • Application with an international degree

    If you have read the admission criteria and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your original documents are required.

    The application deadlines are:

    • 1 June for non-Dutch EU/EEA students
    • 1 June for holders of a Dutch Bachelor’s degree (with a Dutch or EU/EEA nationality)
    • 1 April for non-EU/EEA students*

    *non-EU/EEA students who do not need a study visa and/or a residence permit can still apply until 1 June

    Step 1: Review the admission criteria

    Step 2: Prepare your documents and apply online  
    Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (ID only for EU residents)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Motivation Letter (no more than one A4 sheet)
    • As part of the motivation letter a research proposal (brief indication of your research interest, c. 200-300 words)
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Transcript of records
    • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing, at least 5 pages plus a list of used literature)
    • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education and a list of all the main literature. You can use this format

    After preparing the required documents, please follow the  online application procedure. Once you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.

    Step 3: Await the decision on admission
    The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you are admitted to the programme, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. 

    Step 4: Finalise your registration!
    Make sure to finalise your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation on what to do after you are admitted. When all of the conditions are met, you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

    Application fee & deadlines

    All students seeking admission to an international Bachelor’s or Master’s programme with an international degree are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the evaluation of your application file. If you are applying for more than one programme, you will only need to pay the application fee once. Your application fee payment is valid for two years.

    Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here.
    For more information, international students may also contact the International Student Advisor: masters.hum@vu.nl.

    Grants and scholarships

    As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries. Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl.

    International Student and Alumni Ambassadors

    Our International Student and Alumni Ambassadors are happy to tell you all about their experiences with studying at VU Amsterdam and living in Amsterdam.

    • Our Student Ambassadors are current students at VU Amsterdam that represent a wide variety of programmes and countries.
    • Our International Alumni Ambassadors are VU Amsterdam graduates who are currently either working in the Netherlands or abroad, or doing a PhD or (second) Master's.

    You will find the full overview of our Ambassadors here: vu.nl/ambassadors. There you can chat with them directly.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Educational Office of the Faculty of Humanities for questions and practical information: toelating.fgw@vu.nl

For general questions, please send an e-mail to contact@vu.nl.

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.hum@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on vu.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl.

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