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The Master’s programme is part of the Regional Sector Plan and is offered in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Vrije Universiteit (VU).
Each student can follow courses at one of the sister institutes. At least 40 ects of the 60 ects programme consist of courses offered by Leiden University. More information about the sectorplan can be found here.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Thesis 20
leesgroepje Middeleeuws Latijn 2
Griekse archeologische en religieuze teksten 5

Seminars Literature/ Linguistics

Seminar MA/ ResMA Greek Seven Great Tragedies 10
Aristotle’s Poetics. A Greek philosopher on Greek poetry 5
Seminar MA Latin: The Elegiac Book: Propertius, Book IV 10
Seminar MA Greek: Heroes and Cities: Pindar’s Odes in Context 10
Master Seminar Latin: Visions of Rome. Appropriation of the Roman Heritage in Humanist Latin Poetry 10


Tutorial MA/ ResMA Greek: Alcibiades: Ideology and Literary Presentation 10
Tutorial MA/ ResMA: Tears in the Ancient and Early Modern World 10
Tutorial MA/ ResMA Greek: Inherited guilt and postponed punishment: from Aeschylus to Augustine 10
MA/ResMA Tutorial Latijnse taal/literatuur: “Marius Victorinus, Liber de definitionibus“ 10

Cultural-Historical Seminars

Graeco-Roman Egypt: from Alexander the Great to Diocletian 10
Roman Social History 10
Science and Humanities in the Ancient Philosophical Curriculum 10
Alexandria in Egypt? The history and archaeology of culture contact 10
The Rise of Rome and the Unification of the Mediterranean 10

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Master’s thesis and requirements for graduation
Sector plan



The regional Master’s degree programme in Classics builds on the Bachelor’s degree programme. It shares the general objectives of that programme, but aims to achieve them at a more advanced level. The Master’s programme therefore sets out to provide a diverse, balanced and nuanced view of Greco-Roman Antiquity on the basis of an in-depth analysis of the integrated linguistic, cultural-historical and literary sources used in the Bachelor’s programme. The sources on which this analysis is based are, first and foremost, representative primary texts in Greek and Latin and, to a lesser extent, material evidence. The analysis of the sources can be approached from either a linguistic or a literary perspective. A further objective is to ensure that graduates of the Master’s programme in Classics can expertly and critically relate their knowledge of Antiquity to texts and other cultural phenomena of later periods. Moreover, after completing this programme, students will have the knowledge and competence required for an upper secondary teaching qualification or for a PhD candidature and for positions outside the university that require an academic level of thinking.
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The programme has two tracks: one in Literature, the other in Linguistics. Both of these contain a number of compulsory elements, including a limited number of courses from the cultural-historical disciplines. There is also an area of free choice, in which cultural-historical subjects and/ or languages may be included.
The programme consists of various modes of instruction: 30 ec in the form of seminars; 10 ec of tutorials (supervised independent study); 20 ec in the form of a thesis.
Both tracks meet the nationally determined requirements for the language component, and with that also the requirements for admission to the Master’s Education programme. In principle, the compulsory cultural-historical component in the Bachelor’s programme together with the academically more advanced cultural-historical element in the Master’s programme provide an adequate grounding for a teacher in pre-university education.

Master’s thesis and requirements for graduation

In order to graduate, students must have successfully completed the 60 ec programme and have completed their final thesis as a component of that programme. The thesis for the Classics Master’s programme is worth 20 ec, and as a rule contains a maximum of 17,000 words including notes, bibliography and appendices. All theses are based on a substantial amount of primary texts in Greek or Latin relevant to the line of investigation, which is either of a linguistic or literary nature, or of a cultural-historical nature; in the case of the latter, there are two supervisors, a lecturer from one of the language sections and one from the cultural-historical disciplines. The lecturer from the cultural-historical discipline can act as the first supervisor for the thesis, with a lecturer from the language sections as second reader. In these cases, the thesis plan must be approved by both first and second reader before the start of the writing process.
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Sector plan

The Master’s programme is part of the Regional Sector Plan and is offered in close collaboration with the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Vrije Universiteit (VU).Students can choose from all the courses on offer within the Sector Plan, both in Leiden and at the sister institutions. At least 40 ec of the 60 ec programme (including the thesis) must consist of courses offered by Leiden University.