Leiden University

Leiden University

MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations (Research)


Rapenburg 70

PO Box 9500

Leiden, Zuid-Holla 2311 EZ



+31 71 527 1111

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Classics and Ancient Civilisations (Research)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Research Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient (Near Eastern) Civilisations provides intensive and comprehensive training covering the entire range of present-day research on the civilisations of Greece and Rome and the Ancient Near East. The Leiden programme distinguishes itself from other similar master’s programmes by consistently integrating the world of the Hebrew Bible, emerging Christianity, the cuneiform cultures of Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt (ancient, antique and late-antique) and Greco-Roman Antiquity within their broader context. The amount of specialisations available is also unparalleled. As a graduate of a two-year research master’s degree you are qualified to work as a junior academic researcher in an academic environment or carry out further research work on a PhD programme. The programme makes creative use of a plethora of 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 social history and political theory, comparative literature, the study of religion in an anthropological perspective and archaeology and material culture.


Accredited by the NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation)

Facts & Figures

Classification: Non-U.S. Higher Ed. Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Small City

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