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The Master Classics and Ancient Civilisations provides you with a comprehensive programme covering today's research on the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome, Egypt and the Near East. The Master of Classics and Ancient Civilisations at Leiden University 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. A feature of the Master is its focus on reading ancient texts in their original languages, and discussing the different interpretations that the texts allow.

The programme will introduce you to 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 natures is a particularly exiting research approach, because it may lead to new interpretations of the past.

Choose from four specialisations

This master's programme distinguishes itself from similar programmes by consistently integrating Greek and Roman Antiquity, the world of the Hebrew Bible, ancient Judaism, emerging Christianity, Egypt (ancient, antique and late-antique) and the cuneiform cultures of Ancient Mesopotamia, into their broader context. The number of specialisations on offer at Leiden University is unparalleled.

Use a wide range of research methods

The programme makes creative use of a wide range of research methods, all of them well-represented at Leiden University. Traditional philology with its intimate knowledge of languages and texts, while still indispensable, is enriched by literary studies, cultural history, and the analysis of material culture.

Close, individual tuition

At Leiden, our master’s students are considered valued members of a close-knit academic community. Small classes, regular individual mentoring, and an informal, open-door policy create an environment that is ideal for the exchange of ideas and the development of your knowledge and intellectual abilities.

Critical-thinking and advanced research skills

An important goal of the programme is to develop your ability to conduct high-quality scientific research using a wide variety of research methods. This is a particularly exciting field in which to conduct research, with different research sources opening up the possibility of completely fresh interpretations of the past. Many students conduct field research in a country abroad, visiting excavation sites, or participate in one of our department’s own research projects including excavations at Saqqara and the Dakhla Oasis.

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Visit the MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations page on the Leiden University website for more details!

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