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Classics (MA)

Why Leiden University

Leiden University provides ambitious students with the most recent and innovative areas of knowledge, and offers them the freedom to develop their own area of expertise.

A top-ranked programme

Leiden University is a world leader in the study of Ancient Egyptian languages, literatures and cultures from the earliest periods to the Greco-Roman world and beyond. At Leiden University research and teaching are directly linked to each other and form an inspiring and intense study environment. Therefore, Leiden University's Faculty of Humanities consistently ranks in the top 30 Humanities faculties in the THE World University Rankings, and the Res(MA) Classics and Ancient Civilizations has been awarded the label Top Programme by the Dutch National Student Survey.

An ideal location for the study of classics

Leiden is an ideal place for studying classics. The Leiden University Library possesses a great collection of Greek and Latin manuscripts and papyri; and the Classics Department has close ties with the Papyrological Institute and the National Museum of Antiquities.

A centre of scholarly expertise

The Classics Research  MA programme is delivered by the oldest Classics department in the Netherlands. You will learn from internationally acclaimed academic staff and you will benefit from the collaboration of classicists from different Universities in the National Research School in Classics (OIKOS).

An excellent start to your career

Your qualification from Leiden University is respected by organisations worldwide. But that's not the only advantage of studying at Leiden. We challenge you to think and question more deeply, to challenge established wisdom and consider new perspectives, to apply what you learn to real-world situations. Our students learn how to become critical thinkers – a quality that will ensure they stand out in any future career.

Diversity and inclusion

We are convinced that our education can only flourish if everyone within the programme feels supported, respected and empowered to do their best work. We find it important to offer a learning environment that allows for different perspectives and points of view that students bring with them, depending on their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, health, religion, age or socio-economic background. Every new generation sees the world from a new perspective – and our students are the newest generation. We look forward to hearing more about your perspective. Leiden University has been pursuing diversity policy since 2014, with the aim of creating a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment for all staff and students.

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