The research Master's programme aims to deliver well equipped researchers in the field of Ancient Studies: Classics, Archaeology, Ancient History and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. It focuses on the cultures and societies of the Mediterranean region, Western Europe and Western Asia in the period from c. 1600 BC to 500 AD.
The programme offers a good mix of disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and research. Disciplinary because the programme builds on the specializations offered in your Bachelor's programme; interdisciplinary because you make use of the results of related disciplines during the so-called 'core courses'. These are two interdisciplinary courses, in which members of the teaching staff from various disciplines from the department of Archaeology, Classics and Near Eastern Studies teach you how to approach a shared research theme from different perspectives and to provide theoretical underpinning for this theme.
There are three specializations you can choose from for this masters' programme:
Opting for the research Master’s programme will bring you into an inspiring research environment. The department of Archaeology, Classics and Near Eastern Studies has been extremely successful of recent years in creating research opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral research students, including large thematic projects which have room for a number of doctoral and postdoctoral research students.
The research Master's programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations was previously known as the (Dutch) Master's programme Oudheidstudies (Research).
The research Master’s programme in Ancient Studies is the ideal stepping stone to an academic career in the field of archaeology, Greek and Latin language and culture, Ancient history and Assyriology of the first millennium BC. It opens the way to doctoral research at a university or research institute. There are currently a total of 26 doctoral students and 4 postdoctoral students in the department of Ancient Studies and Archaeology. We aim to increase the number of doctoral students in the near future, so if you do well in your research Master’s programme, you stand a good chance of being accepted for a doctoral study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
The Faculty of Arts at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers a number of fully paid PhD studentships each year for doctoral students who submit a good research proposal that is in line with the Faculty’s research programme. There are also a number of research projects at the department of Ancient Studies funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)