Starting September 2012, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam are offering a joint Master's programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations within the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA), which also offers a range of other Master's programmes in the field of Ancient studies. Thanks to this joint venture you can choose from a wide range of subjects which allows you to develop as a scholar in many different specialisms.
The first semester (= periods 1-3) of the Master's programme Ancient History comprises two core modules that introduce you to a number of important debates among ancient historians and other students of Antiquity (‘Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies I and II’). You follow these core modules during the first two periods of the academic year. In addition, the programme of these periods consists of two modules about what is arguably the most important development in Antiquity: the rise of Christianity (‘From Christ to Constantine. The Rise of Christianity in historical and cultural Perspective I and II’). In period 3, you write a term paper or you follow a tutorial.
In the second semester (= periods 4-6) you can choose between various modules such as ‘City Life in the Roman Empire’, ‘Confrontations between Greek and Near Eastern civilizations’, ‘A City full of Gods: Religion in Athenian Democracy’. In period 5, you can also opt for a tutorial about ‘Greek Elite Culture in the Roman Empire’ or about a subject from the history of the Ancient Near East. Simultaneously you are working on your Master’s thesis, period 6 being earmarked for giving it the finishing touch.
Graduates of the MA in Ancient History can find employment in sectors where knowledge of ancient culture and history is important such as history magazines, publishers, cultural travel organisations and museums. Because of your broad background you will also be a sought after candidate for positions requiring one to critically assess esoteric data and then coherently report on said data in a clear and concise manner.
Furthermore graduates of the MA in Ancient History can also enrol for a teaching qualification (first-level) in history.
After obtaining an MA in Ancient History you will also be able to do PhD research at universities or research institutes. Both at VU and UvA Universities several new PhD positions become available to Master’s graduates. You can also do a PhD research project in your own time (external PhD researcher) if you are able to find a qualified person to act as your PhD thesis supervisor. However, if you’re seriously focused on an academic career, it is best to enrol for the two year research Master’s in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. This Master’s programme specifically trains you to become a (university) researcher.For more information create your own program brochure on www.vu.nl/en/programmes/international-masters/order-brochures/index.asp.