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Education Master's and PhD degree programmes Classics (part-time)
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The MA-track Classics offers education in a wide range of skills to the aspiring classicist: from in-depth analysis of all aspects of a Greek or Latin text to interdisciplinary and thematic studies of important facets of Classical Antiquity.

Important information for prospective students starting a BA or MA programme in September 2020

There are three different programmes for those interested in Classics; the courses presented on this page are common to all three programmes:

  • the one-year general MA-track, covered on this page
  • the two-year Research Master CMEMS, with the option to specialize in Classics (here), for students wishing to pursue an academic career
  • the two-year Educational Master, for students wishing to become a teacher in Classics (here); this MA combines the programme covered here with the one-year Teacher Education programme. This Dutch programme is only open to students with sufficient Dutch language skills (NT2, programme II).

In the one-year Master’s track, students acquire the knowledge and skills required of a professional classicist. The programme in Groningen is known for its integration of classical languages and ancient cultural history. Students learn how to apply modern scholarly theories to ancient literary and material sources; they also hone their skills in the fields of philology, textual criticism and intertextuality by writing an academic commentary on a classical text. This master’s track offers flexibility in choosing between a more linguistic or a more cultural-historical approach; it is also possible to study epigraphy at another faculty within the Masterlanguage programme, or to include a work placement in the programme.

Our alumni are skilled writers and have eye for detail but also for the bigger picture, which makes them sought-after employees in many fields, including (but not limited to) education, publishing, the cultural sector, journalism and the government.

NB The language of instruction is English; Dutch students (excepting those following the Research Master) are allowed, however, to write their papers and thesis in Dutch, since many will pursue a career in the Netherlands.

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.

Facts & Figures
MA in Classics & Ancient Civilizations
Course type
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
Language of instruction
February, September
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Broad approach to Antiquity
  • Integration of classical languages and ancient cultural history
  • Strong expertise in Hellenistic literature, Greek linguistics, Greek religion, Latin poetry of the early Empire, commentaries, literature in its spatial and socio-cultural context
  • Relatively small and friendly community
  • Internationally orientated research climate
  • Excellent teaching: two staff members elected Lecturer of the Year
  • A vibrant university city with many international students

To discover the full breadth of an education in Classics, all students in this track follow a commentary course, an interdisciplinary course, and a thematic course, and write a thesis on a subject related to Greek or Latin literature. In addition, they can choose from several other courses to create their own personalized programme.

  • Commentary course: students are trained in the critical use of commentaries on Greek and Latin texts and learn how to write such a commentary themselves. In 2020-21, the subject is: Aristophanes and Plautus. In both 2018-19 and 2019-20, the subject was: Didactic poetry.
  • Interdisciplinary course: students study a subject on the interface between classical languages and ancient history / archaeology. In 2020-21, the subject is: Landscape and Memory. In 2019-20, the subject was: Text, Language and Religion in the Ancient World, with attention to digital humanities.
  • Thematic courses: in two thematic courses (one for each language), students study a specific theme in classical texts. In 2020-21, the subjects are Tragic Women (Greek) and Late Antique Latin Poetry (Latin).

In addition, students can partake in the Research Seminar of the Ancient History-track, do a work placement to get acquainted with a job sector, follow a course at the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome (, follow a course within the Masterlanguage programme (2019-20 & 2020-21: Greek or Latin epigraphy) or choose one of the 11 interdisciplinary seminars offered by the Faculty (an example complementary to this Classics-track is From Writer to Reader: Editions).

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Interdisciplinary course: Landscape and Memory (5 EC)
Tragic Women (5 EC)
Commentary Course: Aristophanes and Plautus (10 EC)
Greek epigraphy (Masterlanguage) (5 EC, optional)
Late Antique Latin Poetry (5 EC)
Interdisciplinary research seminar (Faculty courses) (10 EC, optional)
Master's Thesis (20 EC)
Master's work placement (10 EC, optional)
Power and Cult in the Hellenistic World (Research Seminar Ancient History) (10 EC, optional)


In addition to the range of course units provided by this track itself, students can also follow Masterlanguage courses. Masterlanguage is a national programme that offers courses for students of European languages, but also of Greek and Latin. The courses are jointly organized by lecturers from Radboud University, the University of Groningen, Leiden University, Utrecht University, the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. More information about the courses, entry requirements and registration can be found on the Masterlanguage website: You may follow Masterlanguage courses in consultation with the Board of Examiners of your Master's degree programme.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Contact for more information on studying abroad: study advisor drs. R.P. van der Borg (studieadviseur.gltc

Entry requirements

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Classics (part-time)All Research universitiesNo additional requirements

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 202001 September 2020
15 January 202101 February 2021
15 August 202101 September 2021
Tuition fees

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After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate, there are many career options open to you. If you wish to apply your knowledge of the ancient world and its research, you may work in an academic library or in museums.

Following this one-year also does not exclude the option of becoming a teacher of Classics in secondary school; you can obtain a qualification by following the one-year postmaster LHVO at the college of education (NB this postmaster requires a minimum level of proficiency in Dutch: NT2 programme II).

The skill set of a classicist is highly valued elsewhere, too. Typically, our graduates have a keen sense of language, good writing skills, a critical and analytical mind; having been trained to overview an ancient society in its many aspects, you will be able to reflect on culture and society. You can therefore also work in journalism, the cultural sector, publishing or the civil service. Other examples can be found on the website of the study association of Classics in Groningen, Boreas (in Dutch).

Job examples

  • Publisher
  • Staff member in a museum or (academic) library
  • Journalist
  • Communications consultant
  • Government employee

The expertise of the staff members of the Greek and Latin department in Groningen covers a wide range of subjects in the fields of Greek and Latin linguistics and literature, ancient philosophy, classical archaeology and ancient history.

Specific research interests include Hellenistic literature; linguistics; Greek religion, festivals and sport; Greek comedy; Latin poetry of the early Empire; Late antiquity; reception studies; narratology; literature in its social context; landscape in literature and archaeology.

The staff's research interests are reflected in our classes. Furthermore, students are encouraged to attend the CRASIS Ancient World Seminar, where internationally acclaimed scholars are invited to present papers and the students and staff from all Groningen departments with an interest in Antiquity meet and discuss their research. Every two years, our department hosts the international Groningen Workshop on Hellenistic poetry.

Current funded research programs for Classics and Ancient History in Groningen:
* Anchoring the Fascist Revolution. The Classical Languages under Fascism – Bettina Reitz-Joosse, Nicolò Bettegazzi, Nelleke Koornstra
* Landscapes of War, VENI-grant – Bettina-Reitz Joosse
* Polytheism as language. A linguistic approach to divine plurality in the religious experience of Greek worshippers, VENI-grant – Saskia Peels
* Connected Contests. Festival networks in the ancient world, Digital Humanities-grant University of Groningen, Onno van Nijf, Christina Williamson.
* Carving Communities in Stone: Inscriptions as a medium of Hellenistic globalisation, PhD project – Sjoukje Kamphorst.

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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.

    – Juul van der Harst
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    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!

    Read more about Juul van der Harst and why she chose to study Classics in Groningen!

    Questions? Send Juul an e-mail!

Study support

Elke masteropleiding heeft een studieadviseur waar je terecht kunt als je vragen hebt of advies wilt over je studie en andere zaken rondom het studeren. Alles wat je bespreekt wordt vertrouwelijk behandeld. Bij complexe zaken verwijst de studieadviseur je door naar een studentendecaan. Ook worden er cursussen aangeboden die je kunnen helpen om beter te kunnen studeren, bijvoorbeeld over studiestress en presenteren. Deze kun je volgen bij het Studenten Service Centrum (SSC).