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Compulsory course (10 ects)

The Commentary 10

Track electives (50 ects)

Archaeology of the Biblical World 5
Foundations of Early Christian Tradition 5
Hebrew Bible and its Reception 5
Hellenistic Religions: The deconstruction and reconstruction of Gnosticism 5
Judaism in the Greco-Roman Period: The Jews in Roman Alexandria 5
Literature and Religion of Ancient Israel 5
Required General Course Religious Studies 5

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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