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Year 1

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Griekse archeologische en religieuze teksten 5

Compulsory course (10 ects)

The Commentary 10

Track electives (50 ects)

The first year of the Research Master programme consists of one compulsory common course (10 ects), and several track electives (50 ects). The courses below can be chosen as track electives.

Aristotle’s Poetics. A Greek philosopher on Greek poetry 5
Seminar MA/ ResMA Greek Seven Great Tragedies 10
Tutorial MA/ ResMA Greek: Alcibiades: Ideology and Literary Presentation 10
ResMa Latin, The Elegiac Book: Propertius, Book IV. 10
Tutorial MA/ ResMA: Tears in the Ancient and Early Modern World 10
Graeco-Roman Egypt: from Alexander the Great to Diocletian 10
Roman Social History 10
Science and Humanities in the Ancient Philosophical Curriculum 10
Seminar MA Greek: Heroes and Cities: Pindar’s Odes in Context 10
Tutorial MA/ ResMA Greek: Inherited guilt and postponed punishment: from Aeschylus to Augustine 10
ResMa Seminar Latin: Visions of Rome. Appropriation of the Roman Heritage in Humanist Latin Poetry 10
MA/ResMA Tutorial Latijnse taal/literatuur: “Marius Victorinus, Liber de definitionibus“ 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



The objectives of the Research master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Near Eastern Civilisations are:

  1. the broadening and deepening of knowledge, insight, skills and use of methodology in the field of Classics and Near Eastern civilizations studies;
  2. the furtherance of academic and professional training; – to solve scholarly problems in an independent way, critically and creatively, and – to report research results with clarity both orally and in writing;
  3. preparation for an academic career in universities, and/ or post-graduate education and for functions outside of academe in the public or private sector in which advanced research skills and substantial practical research experience are among qualifications required.
  4. preparation for a professional career.


The programme of the Research Master Classics and Ancient Near Eastern Civilisations comprises a number of components. The study load runs up to 120 ECTS and is divided over four semesters:

  • Core courses (20 ECTS)

  • Track electives (60 ECTS)

  • Tutorial in preparation for the thesis (10 ECTS)

  • Presentation and research proposal (5 ECTS)

  • Thesis (25 ECTS)


Apart from the obligatory core courses, a student of the Research Master programme follows a number of tracks electives within the programme. Though some of these track electives are shared with the regular MA-programmes, students in the Researchmaster follow these courses at a more advanced level.
Each track focuses on one of 5 specialisations. These specialisations are:

  • Assyriology

  • Classics

  • Egyptology

  • Hebrew Bible Studies

  • New Testament and Early Christian Studies
    To complete the specialisation for which you have been accepted, you will have to accumulate 60 ECTS and a thesis in your field of specialisation. A number of track electives can be replaced by a stay abroad.

Master’s thesis and requirements for graduation

In order to graduate, students must have successfully completed the 120 ects programme and have completed their final thesis as a component of that programme. The thesis is worth 25 ects, and is preceded by a tutorial in preparation for the thesis (5 ECTS) in the first semester.
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Contact Information
Mailing address
CLANEC programme
Secretariat Vrieshof 4, rm 112a
P.O.Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

Visiting address (also address for courier services)
Matthias de Vrieshof 4, 2311BZ Leiden
Witte Singel 25, 2311BG Leiden

Matthias de Vrieshof 4, room 112a

Opening hours
Monday, 13.30-15.30 hs
Tuesday, 10.00-12.30 hs
Wednesday, 10.00-12.30 hs
Thursday, 10.00-12.30 and 13.30-15.30 hs
Friday, 10.00-12.30 hs

Phone +31 (0)71 527 2253
Fax +31 (0)71 527 3310

Coordinator/Student adviser
Classics and New Testament and Early Christian Studies:
J. Kars, MA
Phone: +31 (0)71 527 2665
Office hours:

E.G. van Duijnen, MA
Assyriology, Egyptology, Hebrew Bible Studies
Phone:+31 (0)71 527 2937
Office hours: Tuesday, Thursday, 10-12 hs