Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research): Assyriology

Universiteit Leiden

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Deze opleiding

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The research MA specialisation Classics and Ancient Civilisations Assyriology at Leiden University explores Assyriology in the broadest sense.

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typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
The research Master in Assyriology will give you the opportunity to learn from acclaimed academics immersed in the latest research and engaged in actively expanding our knowledge of the field.

Leiden University is one of the leading centres for learning and research in ancient Middle Eastern history.

You will be able to customise your degree by creating your own combination of courses from other research master's programmes within the Faculties of the Humanities and Archaeology with courses from Assyriology.

You will also have the opportunity to follow research programmes at other top universities outside the Netherlands during an exchange at one of our partner universities – including Cambridge, Münster, and Heidelberg.

  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.
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Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

  • Leiden University is a leader in the Mesopotamian and Anatolian cultures that used the cuneiform script as a writing system.
  • You will be able to study at the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO).
  • You will have the opportunity to follow research programmes at other top universities outside the Netherlands during an exchange at one of our partner universities – including Cambridge, Münster, and Heidelberg.


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For an overview of the subjects offered by this programme in the current year, check out the e-Prospectus: The subjects can vary from year to year.
The Research Master's programme in Classics and AncientCivilisations is a two year-programme, that consists of four specialisations following an identical structure which gradually leads to the development of specific research skills.

1e jaar All Classics and Ancient Civilisations specialisations share two compulsory core courses which are geared towards connecting the various disciplines involved.

The first of these common courses, 'The Commentary', focuses on one of the most distinctive literary genres common to all five literary traditions involved and thus provides a suitable methodological background.
Common Course: Commentary: Paratext and Metatext
10 EC
The Mycenaean World: Language keuzevak
5 EC
The Mycenaean World: Culture keuzevak
5 EC
The Sumerian Language: Structure and Analysis keuzevak
10 EC
Tutorial Akkadian keuzevak
10 EC
Advanced Sumerian keuzevak
10 EC
The Gilgamesh Epic in Context keuzevak
10 EC
Amarna Seminar keuzevak
10 EC
Hittite: Structure and Analysis keuzevak
5 EC
Priests and Temples: Babylonian Religion in Practice keuzevak
10 EC
Trade and Economy in Ancient Mesopotamia and Anatolia keuzevak
10 EC
The Written Legacy of Hittite Anatolia keuzevak
10 EC
Anatolian Historical Linguistics keuzevak
5 EC
2e jaar The second core course, 'Cultural contact in the Hellenistic world', focuses on the high degree of cultural interaction between the Western Mediterranean and the Indus Valley were that followed the conquest of Alexander the Great in the fourth century B.C.E. A comparative presentation of key phenomena resulting from the 'Hellenisation and Romanisation of the East' and the 'Orientalisation of the West'.
Common Course: Commentary: Paratext and Metatext
10 EC
MA Thesis Tutorial Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research)
5 EC
The Gilgamesh Epic in Context keuzevak
10 EC
Amarna Seminar keuzevak
10 EC
Advanced Sumerian keuzevak
10 EC
Hittite: Structure and Analysis keuzevak
5 EC
Thesis Presentation and Research Proposal
5 EC
MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research)
25 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet70% zelfstudie
20% theorie
10% praktijk
case study, excursion, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, project, seminar, internship, tutorial, working group, self study
The objectives of the Research Master's programme in Classics and Ancient Civilisations are:

  • The broadening and deepening of knowledge, insight, skills and use of methodology in the field of Classics and Ancient Civilizations studies;
  • The furtherance of academic and professional training;
  • Preparation for an academic career in universities, and/ or post-graduate education and for functions outside of academia in the public or private sector.

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 17500

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend


Good grades comparable with an average mark of at least 7.5 (Dutch grading system) for the entire bachelor's programme, and a grade for the bachelor's thesis of an 8 or higher.

Detailed knowledge of at least one of the following:

  • The grammar of the most important phases of the local language or languages, of the relevant scripts and of the historical development of those languages and scripts.
  • The archaeology, the material culture and art history of the region involved.
  • The cultural history of the region involved, including its literature, its religion, and its social structure.

A bachelor's degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor's degree.

studie kosten
bron: Universiteit Leiden
bedrag kostenpost
€ 10000levensonderhoudper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1218totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


25 studenten volgen deze opleiding
52% daarvan is vrouw
2 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
100% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Als student Oude culturen van de mediterrane wereld kun je lid worden van studievereniging Pleyte. In een studievereniging bezoek je regelmatig samen excursies, films, lezingen en tentoonstellingen. Een leuke manier om je studiegenoten buiten de collegezalen te ontmoeten! Bovendien koop je via studieverenigingen vaak studieboeken met korting.

Op kamers in Leiden

31058studenten studerend
12630studenten woonachtig   
€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Andrew Deloucas
Andrew Deloucas - Student Testimonial Assyriology (research) Leiden University

Language and culture
Leiden University's Assyriology department was a perfect fit for me because of its long history of providing courses that are concerned with lesser known languages and cultures of the Ancient Near East; the opportunity to learn Hittite, Hurrian, Urartian, and Elamite gave me a unique chance to understand cultural interactions from every angle...
Everyone was caring and thoughtful in their wanting to help me carve out my own niche in the ancient world.

Shifting perspectives
Throughout my two-year study, I found myself constantly challenged in digesting material ranging from farmers' economic receipts to royal inscriptions. The need to mentally work around a vast space of material in order to come to any conclusions was perhaps the most rewarding aspect.

lees verder ...
Willemijn Waal
Caroline Waerzeggers


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1/7 Universiteit Leiden
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
2 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
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2/7 Universiteit Leiden
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
2 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
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3/7 Universiteit Leiden
Hebrew and Aramaic Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
2 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
4/7 Universiteit Leiden
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
2 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
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5/7 Universiteit Leiden
Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
2 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
6/7 RUG
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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7/7 Amsterdam VU
Classics and Ancient Civilizations
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research): Assyriology aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 11 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.4 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

As a graduate of a Research Master in Classics and Ancient Civilisations at Leiden University you are qualified to work as a junior academic researcher in an academic environment or carry out further research work on a PhD programme. It is also possible to find employment within the fields of publishing or teaching, at policy-making departments of governmental bodies, within the education sector, or within cultural tourism.
Our graduates end up working in a diverse range of positions, examples include:

  • PhD candidate at a Dutch or international University
  • Project assistant at a large Dutch city council
  • Research assistant at a university
  • Curator at a museum
  • Policy officer at a ministry
  • Communications officer
  • Programme manager
  • Teacher of classical languages at a secondary school

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Studielijn Universiteit Leiden
T: +31 (071)5271111
Classics (research) Coordinator Of Studies
E: coordinatorofstudies
T: +31 (0)71 527 26
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