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Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Research at Vrije Universiteit

The research Master's programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations trains you to be a researcher in the field of Ancient Studies. This includes Classics, Archaeology, Ancient History and Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

 

You will focus on the languages, cultures and history of the Mediterranean region, Western Europe and Western Asia in the period from 1600 BC to 500 AD.

During the programme, you will be firmly rooted in one of the disciplines, but you will also be trained to perform in-depth research within the broad field of Ancient Studies from an interdisciplinary perspective. You will develop an excellent foundation for research-focused a career either in or outside academia.

The Faculty of Humanities offers two Research Master's programmes: the Humanities Research Master's and Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Research Master.


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Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Research

The research Master's programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations trains you to become an excellent researcher in the field of Ancient Studies. Focussing on the period from 1600 BC to 500 AD, you will analyse the languages, (material) cultures and history of the Mediterranean region, Western Europe and Western Asia from a variety of perspectives.

 

The programme offers a good mix of disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and research.

 

Disciplinary specialisation

The programme is disciplinary in that you focus on a particular discipline within Ancient Studies. The programme is not formally divided into specialisations, but you will specialise by choosing elective courses related to one of the following areas:

  • Classics
  • Archaeology
  • Ancient History
  • Languages and Cultures of the Ancient Near East

These areas of specialisation are tied to the expertise areas and ongoing research projects of the academic staff. This gives you plenty of opportunities to participate in ongoing research within the department.

 

Interdisciplinary context

The programme also provides you with an interdisciplinary perspective. During the core courses, you will learn how to approach a shared research theme from different disciplinary perspectives and to provide theoretical underpinning for this theme. You will also be encouraged to position your own discipline within a broader interdisciplinary context. You may even choose to give your entire programme, including your thesis, an interdisciplinary orientation.

 

Small-scale and personal

The programme is small-scale, which allows for intensive interactions with your fellow students and the academic staff. You will not only receive close supervision from staff during the courses and your research, but you will also receive personal guidance from a member of the academic staff who is assigned as your mentor.

 

Research expertise

The programme trains you to analyse research results, write project proposals, acquire research funding, and to effectively communicate your research results to an academic audience and the wider public. You will be well-prepared for conducting PhD research in the Netherlands or abroad and will be able to function successfully in a research-oriented position either in or outside academia.

The research Master’s in Classics and Ancient Civilizations, is a highly specialised programme that also gives you room to pursue your own interests and career goals.

 


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Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Research

When you graduate from the research Master’s in Classics and Ancient Civilizations, you will be excellently prepared for conducting PhD research in the Netherlands or abroad and will be able to function successfully in research-oriented positions either in or outside academia.


You will possess a number of skills that are attractive to employers in academia and beyond, such as:

  • excellent research skills
  • the ability to quickly and critically analyse large sets of data
  • advanced writing and presentation skills
  • cross-cultural skills for operating in an international context
  • the ability to see the potential for cooperation with others outside your own discipline/profession
  • collaborative skills for working in teams

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Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Research

I have an international degree

 

Admission to the Master’s programme is possible for an applicant who has obtained an academic (WO) Bachelor’s degree in: 

  • Classics (Griekse en Latijnse Taal en Cultuur)
  • Ancient Studies (Oudheidwetenschappen)
  • History with Ancient History as specialization
  • Archaeology
  • Religious Studies
  • Assyriology
  • 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;

 

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 600 paper based with a minimum of 55 in each of the subtests plus 4.0 in TWE, score 250 computer based or 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.


 

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

Admission to the Master’s programme is possible for an applicant who has obtained an academic (WO) Bachelor’s degree in: 

  • Classics (Griekse en Latijnse Taal en Cultuur)
  • Ancient Studies (Oudheidwetenschappen)
  • History with Ancient History as specialization
  • Archaeology
  • Religious Studies
  • Assyriology
  • 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 programme.


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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Humanities

Degree

Master

Language

English

Start

winter semester - September

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 16060 EUR / year

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Humanities

Degree

Master

Language

English

Start

winter semester - September

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 16060 EUR / year

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