The ancient world of the Mediterranean, West Asia, and western Europe is currently studied either by archaeologists, or by ancient historians, or by researchers specialized in the Greek or Latin or Near Eastern languages. However, we believe that – in addition to solid, in-depth research – thematic research integrating all these fields of study generates important new insights and opens up entirely new paths in research. We combine the best of two worlds, both by offering these two different approaches and by cooperating closely with our colleagues of the University of Amsterdam (the best of two universities!).
Classics and Ancient Civilizations is a two-year, full time research master’s programme (120 EC) dealing with archaeology, culture and languages of the Ancient World of the Mediterranean, West Asia and western Europe. The main focus is on the the period of the Late Bronze Age until the end of the Roman empire in the West, c. 1600 BC – AD 500 . The programme is a rich blend of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches: it contains courses spanning all three fields of research, field-specific seminars, a component consisting of electives and tutorials, and a thesis.
Within the programme there is ample room for your own interests and the specialization(s) you wish to pursue. You’ll be involved in the activities of the researchers from the very beginning. Since all MA-programmes concerning the ancient world are now jointly provided by both Amsterdam Universities (VU University and University of Amsterdam), these rich programmes offer many opportunities for the students.