Ancient History (MA)
Leiden University's master’s programme in Ancient History is your opportunity to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the history of the Greek and Roman periods, with a focus on the mentality and social and economic history of the period between 400 B.C. and 400 A.D.
A top-ranked programme
According to the QS World University Rankings 2023, History at Leiden University is rated 1st in continental Europe and 17th in the world.
Why study Ancient History at Leiden University?
Studying Ancient History at Leiden University will give you a thorough grounding in several key periods of ancient history, which include, among others, civic life in Italy, Graeco-Roman religion, and the rise of early Judaism. The programme is taught by outstanding scholars of the field as well as those active in other areas, such as ancient philosophy, classical archaeology and religious studies.
The strong focus on primary sources is a distinguishing feature of the Ancient History programme, offering students a wealth of information about ancient Greek and Roman societies. You can pursue interests in documentary texts (inscriptions and papyri) and archaeological material. You will not need extensive knowledge of Latin and Greek because you can work with translations. Furthermore, you can study the collection of the National Museum of Antiquities and work alongside papyrologists at the Leiden Papyrological Institute.
Learn from established scholars
During the Ancient History programme you will collaborate with outstanding scholars from the Unification of the Mediterranean World 400 BC - 400 AD (UMW), as well as those active in other fields of history or the related fields of the classics, ancient philosophy, classical archaeology, religious studies and near-eastern cultures. Leiden University offers you the possibility to share in their knowledge acquired in leading research projects and programmes.
What are your career prospects?
This Master's prepares you for a wide range of roles in almost every sector of the job market. Our graduates work at different types of organisations, such as research institutes, international organisations, the cultural and recreational sector, and academia. Jobs include researcher, history teacher, curator and PhD candidate.
Is Ancient History the programme for you?
Do you want to know everything about ancient Greek and Roman societies? Do you want to deepen your knowledge by studying ancient collections? Then Ancient History at Leiden University is the right Master's programme for you. Find out if you are eligible for this Master's programme by checking the admission requirements.
Ancient History at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme of History. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited master’s degree in History and the title Master of Arts (MA).
In which sector do students find jobs?
- 22 Government and sem-government
- 14 Education
- 12 Research
- 8 Information management
- 6 IT
- 5 Culture, sports and recreation
- 5 Financial institutions
- 5 Communication and marketing
- 4 Business services
- 3 Welfare and health
- 16 Other
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