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Classics (MA)

The Classics Master, a specialization of the Classics and Ancient Civilizations program at Leiden University, gives you the opportunity to study the Greek and Roman world with a focus on Greek and Latin language and literature.

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Why study Classics at Leiden University?

Classics at Leiden University ranks among the best programs in the world. The seminars are taught by enthusiastic teachers, who invite you to be involved in  innovative research on Greek and Latin literature, ancient history and philosophy. Leiden University, with a Classics tradition that goes back to 1575, has a great library and excellent research facilities.

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Learn from expert academics

The program is taught by academic staff internationally renowned for their research. Research in Classics at Leiden University is at the leading edge of the field. External lecturers are regularly invited to teach on specialized topics. And, every semester, a number of national and international speakers - both well-known experts and promising young researchers – are invited to speak in the lecture series Forum Antiquum. You will also benefit from the collaboration of classicists from different Universities in the National Research School in Classics (OIKOS).

Admission and Application

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Develop your skills and knowledge

You will develop your skills and knowledge across the full range of traditional Classics topics, including Greek and Latin Literature, Linguistics, Rhetoric, Aesthetics, Ancient Philosophy, Ancient History, and Renaissance Latin; but the program also introduces students to more innovative approaches to classical texts, including Cognitive Theory and Digital Classics.

Find out more about the career prospects

It is also possible to study Classics within the two-year Master’s programme Classics and Ancient Civilisations (Research).

Greek wall poem in Leiden

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There are hundreds of writing systems in the world. Some of these are commonly known, like our Latin alphabet, the Arabic script, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese characters. But what do you know about the Greek alphabet? Check out Dr. Tijmen Pronk's introduction to the writing system of a poem in Greek. The poem is part of the famous Leiden Wall Poems.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 57 Teaching
  • 14 Research
  • 10 Government and semi-government
  • 5 Culture, sports and recreation
  • 5 IT
  • 5 Publishing and the book industry
  • 4 Other

The graph above is based on alumni data from the MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations 2016-2020

Classics degree

Classics at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a master’s degree in Classics and Ancient Civilizations and the title Master of Arts (MA).

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