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Classics (MA)

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University

Our graduates end up working in a diverse range of positions, examples include:

  • Policy officer for education
  • Conservator of classical antiquity at a museum
  • Education officer at a museum
  • PhD candidate at a university
  • Research analyst at a consultancy firm
  • Teacher of classical languages at a secondary school
  • Teacher at an institute for special needs education
  • Policy officer at the provincial department of a political party
  • Chief desk editor at a publishing house

Your qualifications

As a graduate of an MA in Classics and Ancient Civilizations at Leiden University you are qualified to work as a junior academic researcher in an academic environment or carry out further research work on a PhD programme. It is also possible to find employment within the fields of publishing or teaching, at policy-making departments of governmental bodies, within the education sector, or within cultural tourism.

Teacher qualification

If you are interested in a career in teaching, you can apply for the Dutch-taught teacher-training MA at the ICLON Graduate School of Education after graduating from the master’s programme. To be admitted, you need to have a master’s degree in the  relevant discipline. Fluency in Dutch is mandatory, and additional entry requirements may apply.

A Leiden University degree

Leiden University master's graduates are sought-after employees at (inter)national organisations. Our graduates are known for their combination of robust academic training, in-depth and relevant knowledge, and critical, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

Annemijn Geelen

Graduated in Classics (MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations)

Annemijn Geelen

“My interest in Greek tragedy and focus on Greek linguistics made me choose the Classics master’s at Leiden University. The members of staff have extensive knowledge and there are plenty of visiting scholars who give lectures or stay for a longer period doing research and teaching classes. The international orientation and open attitude of both teachers and students make this a very attractive programme.”

Challenging  traineeship

"I have been working as a secondary school teacher of ancient Greek and Latin for a year now, as part of a challenging national traineeship to stimulate academics to become teachers. As a teacher, you develop your own style and you have the space to portray in the lessons what you consider important."

See the relevance of the ancient world

"I feel that my master’s programme in Classics in Leiden has played a significant role in who I am as a teacher today. In Leiden I learned a lot about the 'Anchoring innovation' project, set up by scholars such as Professor Ineke Sluiter. The project has made me think about my perception of classical texts, and I also want my students to see the relevance of the ancient world. Actualization is therefore a structural topic in my classes, which makes my students and myself enthusiastic about reading ancient texts."

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 51.0 % Teaching
  • 18.0 % Research
  • 5.0 % Banking
  • 5.0 % ICT
  • 5.0 % Government and semi-government organisations
  • 5.0 % Publishing and the book industry
  • 10.0 % Miscellaneous

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 81.0 % found a job within two months
  • 100.0 % found their first job at academic level
  • 91.0 % held a position at academic level when the study was carried out