The Research Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilisations at Leiden University 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, ancient Judaism, 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.