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Classical Studies

Are you interested in written and material sources from Antiquity? Do you want to know how to write a commentary on an ancient text? Then this programme is just the thing for you.

For news and information about the department of Greek and Latin, visit the departmental website.

NB: If international students apply to this programme, the language of instruction will be English.

In this one-year's Master track you learn how to tackle different aspects of Classical Antiquity in an academic way and how to write a commentary on a classical text. You may choose between a more linguistic or more cultural-historical approach. Besides literary sources, inscriptions, papyri and archaeological sources are also used to shed light on the world of Classical Antiquity. It is also possible to follow courses at another faculty, within the Masterlanguage programme, or to include a work placement in the programme. You will finish your programme by writing a thesis.

This Master's degree is offered on a full-time and on a part-time basis. The part-time programme is the same as the full-time programme, but spread over a longer period. Please contact the study advisor ( for more information.

Ben je altijd al gefascineerd door schriftelijke en materiële bronnen uit de Oudheid? Wil je jezelf verdiepen in hoe je een commentaar schrijft op een antieke tekst? Dan is deze master iets voor jou.

Voor nieuws en informatie over de afdeling Grieks en Latijn, zie onze afdelingswebsite.

In de eenjarige mastertrack Griekse en Latijnse Taal en Cultuur specialiseer je je in de talen en cultuurgeschiedenis van de oudheid. Je verdiept je in het verleden, maar kijkt ook hoe de klassieke talen en cultuur doorwerken in onze eigen tijd.

Tijdens je master leer je hoe je thema's uit de oudheid wetenschappelijk benadert. Hierbij kun je denken aan onderwerpen zoals de Trojaanse oorlog, de verhouding tussen Grieken, Romeinen en barbaren en de functie van literaire genres. Ook leer je hoe je schriftelijke en materiële bronnen kritisch evalueert en hoe je een commentaar schrijft op een tekst uit de oudheid.

Het programma is breed opgezet. Je kunt zelf kiezen voor een meer talige of cultuurhistorische invulling. Het is ook mogelijk om enkele vakken van andere studies te volgen, zoals Filosofie, Archeologie en Rechten.

De opleiding Griekse en Latijnse Taal en Cultuur kun je zowel in voltijd als deeltijd volgen. Het deeltijdprogramma omvat dezelfde onderdelen als het reguliere studieprogramma maar dan over meer jaren verdeeld. Je kunt contact opnemen met de studieadviseur van GLTC ( voor meer informatie en het vaststellen van het traject.

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  • Testimonial of Juul van der Harst

    You learn on your own to analyse critically, research literature properly and set up your own research.

    Why this master?
    As someone who loves the classics I have been very happy doing the bachelor Greek and Latin Language and Culture. I continued my education in Groningen because I liked the ambiance at the university and the focus on the cultural aspect as well as the languages. I wanted to become a teacher, but at the same time I wanted to enrich my academic view on Antiquity. Therefore I decided to do the Education Master which consists of 60 ECTS Classical Studies and 60 ECTS didactics, to get the best of both worlds.

    Freedom and independence
    A nice thing about this master is the large extent of freedom you’ll get. A small number of courses is obligatory, but besides those you can choose courses from other studies like Archaeology, Philosophy or Ancient History. There are also possibilities outside the RUG: take for example the Master Language programme, in which I took the Greek Epigraphy course.

    Most of these courses are research courses and this means you can largely decide your own topic and research area. This will enhance your motivation and your ability to find out where your strong points and preferences lie – something which education is all about, I think. I have noticed that I’m interested in religion and poetry, and I’ve really enjoyed developing this further during the classes/

    During this master you’ll have very few classes: I have to go to class 6 hours a week on average. Most of the work has to be done by yourself and therefore requires a lot of independence and planning. Besides, as wonderful as they are, the classical languages are a lot of work and at times rather difficult. But teachers will always be willing to help you and due to the small scale there is a lot of contact between students. It also means you learn on your own to analyse critically, research literature properly and set up your own research. So if you take all these things into consideration, you will be alright and you will be in possession of a diploma that shows you have a lot of extensive knowledge and an ability to work hard!

    – Juul van der Harst
Facts & Figures
MA in M Classics & Ancient Civilizations
Croho code
Course type
Language of instruction
English (100%)
12 months (60 ECTS)
February, September
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