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History: Ancient History

Be aware that this is the 2018-2019 MA History programme. Students who started their programme before September 2018 need to adhere to the academic requirements of their (older) programme.

In the first semester, the student takes a Literature Seminar (10 EC) and two Research Seminars (20 EC), at least one of which within their specialisation.

In the second semester, the student has the opportunity to fill the Optional Course (10 EC) with several options (see below; first three options are especially interesting for Ancient History students), and has to write a Thesis (20 EC). Throughout the year, students are obliged to participate in the Thesis Seminar of their specialisation.

The student must get in touch with the Coordinator of Studies if any deviations from the ideal study plan occur.


Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Literature Seminar

The Emperor in the Roman World 10
The unification of the Mediterranean 10

Research Seminar

The Last Pagan. Julian Apostata as Emperor and Intellectual 10
Diversities of doing Greek. ‘Hellenisation’ and ‘Hellenism’ in ancient Eurasia 10
‘Everyone will fear you’: powerful objects in ancient religions 10

Optional Courses

Epigraphy 10
Greek Papyrology 10
Numismatics: A Practical Guide 10
Optional Courses (MA History) 10

MA Thesis

MA Thesis Seminar 0
MA Thesis History & Final Exam 20

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The programme has the following objectives:

  • 1) To enable students to acquire academic knowledge, understanding and skills, and train them in the use of scientific methods in the field of history;

  • 2) To enable students to develop the following academic and professional skill:
    Independent academic reasoning and conduct,
    The ability to analyse complex problems,
    Academic reporting;

  • 3) To prepare students for an academic career and further education;

  • 4) To prepare students for a career outside academia.


The Master programme in History (60 EC) offers you the chance to determine a study based on your own particular interests and ambitions. With several specialisations on offer – each containing a number of specific subjects – you will pay specific attention to the development of theories on historical processes, historiography and methodology of historical research.


Literature Seminar 10 EC
Research Seminar I (within specialisation) 10 EC
Research Seminar II (within department of History) 10 EC
Optional Course 10 EC
Thesis, Thesis Seminar and Exam 20 EC


The Master History programme has the following specialisations: Ancient History Archival Studies Europe 1000-1800 Europaeum Programme Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence (with subtracks Economic History & Governance of Migration and Diversity) Colonial and Global History (with subtrack Maritime History) Political Culture and National Identities (with subtrack Political Debate)

Coordinator of Studies

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