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Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Are you interested in the history, literature and culture of classical, medieval and early modern civilizations? Is a career in research something you aspire? Then this track is just what you are looking for.

This two-year Research Master's track focuses on  Classical Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Early Modernity in Europe and the Middle East. You will explore the similarities and differences between these periods a nd you will gain fundamental insights into the cultural developments and changes of premodern times.

Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers a multidisciplinary and international environment. Depending on your background and research interests, you can choose one main specialization  (History, Literature or Classics)  o f our  interdisciplinary programme

You can design your own research profile  to fit your interests. You will take specialist, tailor - made tutorials and courses on theory and method. You will collaborate with our top researchers on their academic projects .  You can also spend a study period abroad at one of our partner universities. To complete your studies you will write an MA thesis on a subject of your own choice and specialism under the guidance of our academic team, which will give you a firm basis for further studies at PhD level. 

Are you interested in the history, literature and culture of classical, medieval and early modern civilizations? Is a career in research something you aspire to? Then this track is just what you are looking for.

This two-year Research Master's track focuses on  Classical Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Early Modernity in Europe and the Middle East. You will explore the similarities and differences between these periods a nd you will gain fundamental insights into the cultural developments and changes of premodern times.

Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers a multidisciplinary and international environment. Depending on your background and research interests, you can choose one main specialization  (History, Literature or Classics)  o f our  interdisciplinary programme

You can design your own research profile  to fit your interests. You will take specialist, tailor - made tutorials and courses on theory and method. You will collaborate with our top researchers on their academic projects .  You can also spend a study period abroad at one of our partner universities. To complete your studies you will write an MA thesis on a subject of your own choice and specialism under the guidance of our academic team, which will give you a firm basis for further studies at PhD level. 

Meer over deze opleiding
  • Testimonial van Student Alexandros Tsouris

    I choose the courses that are fitting my interests: ancient history

    I applied at several universities but chose Groningen because of the interdisciplinarity of the programme and the fact that in contrast to other universities, Groningen offers a two-year track instead of one. More importantly, the lesser amount of tuition fees, comparing to other countries, has been an important motivation for doing my master's degree here in the Netherlands.

    The advantage of this programme is that it offers the opportunity to structure the programme as you want. I choose the courses that are fitting my interests: ancient history. Thus, I can set the focus on my own investigation, with efficient supervision: associations of the Greek and Roman cities. A great asset of the programme is that some courses include excursions to other countries. For instance, in the first semester we visited Rome and this has been a great and unique experience for me. Not only did we have the opportunity to visit a lot of sites and museums, but also to experience academic work on site, that is presenting certain monuments, in front of the monuments, rather than via a pc.

    Furthermore, I find it very convenient that there are not many exams in the programme. They do not count my development as a student on a strict basis of reproducing knowledge, but they want to see my interpretation and my research. Although the programme has disadvantages sometimes, in general lines this approach is fulfilling for me. For the future I would like to continue with my research since I have plans to do a PhD.

    Sluiten
    – Student Alexandros Tsouris
  • Testimonial van Nadine Kuipers

    PhD student at the University of Groningen

    After completing my Bachelor's degree programme in English Language and Culture I was on the lookout for more depth and specialization. This Research Master's track was just what I was looking for. I was also able to broaden my knowledge by following a number of private seminars and tutorials.

    One of the most enjoyable and successful parts of my degree was the tutorial that I set up with my fellow students, The Skelton Project. We worked on a website with digital editions of poems by the medieval poet John Skelton. Although we’ve graduated now, we still love working on animations of Skelton’s poems. In the Research Master’s track we didn’t just conduct research, but developed other skills too. Organizing the conference in the first year, for instance, was good preparation for the organizational side of the academic world. If I hadn’t made the decision to do the Research Master’s track in Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies I wouldn’t be where I am now as a PhD student at the University of Groningen. In my PhD research, I am analysing medieval manuscripts containing agricultural texts that English landowners would have read. My interest in this topic was aroused when I was studying the development of this kind of text for my Master’s thesis.

    Sluiten
    – Nadine Kuipers
  • Testimonial van Patty Huijbers

    Research Master's Student Patty Huijbers About Her Research Assistants Programme

    – Patty Huijbers
  • Testimonial van Master's Ambassador Marije van der Steege

    The expertise of the professors and the specialization courses fitted my interests

    I am in the second year of the Research Master Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (from 2017 this master's track will be called: Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies). This very broad Master’s track is aimed at students of history and languages from classical antiquity to the early modern period. My specialization is classical literature and my particular interest lies in Latin poetry.

    Freedom for different interests

    I chose the CMEMS Master’s track at the University of Groningen because of the freedom to choose my specialization courses and the expertise of the professors, which fitted my interests. Of course it also helped that I already knew the city – I did my Bachelor’s here as well – and that it was close to home – my parents live in Friesland. Groningen is a really nice student city: not too big, but still full of culture and ‘gezelligheid’.

    Read more about Marije and why she chose to study CMEMS in Groningen.

    Questions? Send Marije an email: m.b.van.der.steege@student.rug.nl

    Sluiten
    – Master's Ambassador Marije van der Steege
Feiten & Cijfers
Titel/Graad
MA in Letterkunde (research), MA in Geschiedenis (research), MA in Oudheidstudies (research)
Croho code
60814, 60139, 60039
Type opleiding
Onderzoeksmaster
Voertaal
Engels (100%)
Duur
24 maanden (120 ECTS)
Start
Februari, SeptemberFebruari, September
Vorm
voltijd
Faculteit
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Holland Scholarship

Are you an international student from a non EU/EEA member state starting a Research Master's programme or Erasmus Mundus Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the Holland Scholarship, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

Read more on the Holland Scholarship.  

Research Assistants Programme

Talented and motivated students who start in September in one of the five Research Master Programmes offered by the Faculty of Arts, may apply for a paid position of one day a week at the university.

Read more about the Research Assistants Programme positions.

Master’s degree programmes in Classics, Literary Studies and History

The Faculty of Arts also offers one year master’s degree programmes in ClassicsLiterary Studies and History.

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