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Ancient History


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What are the classical roots of modern politics? How did religious landscapes interact with political networks? What made the Roman Empire so successful? Why was sport so important to the Greeks?

Ancient History in Groningen is a one-year Master's track taught in English, which can be studied full-time or part-time. While whole of antiquity is covered, from archaic Greece to the late Roman Empire, the focus lies on the political, cultural, and religious connectivities of the Mediterranean world. The Ancient History track is interdisciplinary and interacts with religious studies, material culture studies, but also with other historical periods.

During your studies you will become familiar with various theoretical approaches and methodologies, and digital humanities plays a strong role in our teaching and research. The topics range from elite culture to daily life using a wide variety of data – besides literary sources, you explore how inscriptions, papyri and material culture cast a different light on the ancient world.

Ancient History is a track within the Master's degree programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. Within this track, we offer three specializations:

  • Ancient History and Culture
  • Ancient History and Religious Studies
  • Ancient History and Premodern History

For more about Ancient History in Groningen, see our website.




Master of Arts


1 year

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530

€ 18,700

€ 15,900


Application requirements

Student with a Bachelor's degree in Classics, Archaeology or History from a Research University are directly admissible to this Master's programme. Students with a different Bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen, who have completed the Pre-Master/ Minor Classics and Ancient Civilization (30 ECTS) are also admissible to the Master's track.

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

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Tuition fees  
€ 2,530
€ 18,700
€ 15,900
Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 1 May '24 1 May '24
1 Sep '24 1 May '24 1 May '24
1 Sep '25 1 May '25 1 May '25
1 Sep '25 1 May '25 1 May '25


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050 363 9011

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