Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
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.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden deeltijd
numerus fixusnee

The Classics track is a highly flexible interdisciplinary one-year programme, offering a variety of research-led courses on Greek and Latin literature, language and culture.

You can enter the programme with or without prior knowledge of Greek or Latin, and can tailor your studies to your interests. Specializations include:

  • Latin literature (prior Latin needed)
  • Greek literature (prior Greek needed)
  • Classics and the modern world (prior Greek and/or Latin optional)
  • Language consolidation
  • Educational MA (prior Greek and Latin needed)

You will write a thesis and take an interdisciplinary course, on the interface of literary studies with ancient history or classical archaeology. You may also integrate ancient history courses and organize a placement.

Our alumni are skilled writers and have an eye for detail as well as the bigger picture. They are sought-after employees in many fields, including education, publishing, the cultural sector, journalism and the government.

The course is taught in English; Dutch-speaking students may produce their written work in Dutch.

The course is also offered on a part-time basis. For information, contact the study advisor (

Deze opleiding heeft meerdere vormen :

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • Ability to specialise
  • Integration of literature, languages, history
  • Particular expertise in Greek literature of the Classical and Hellenistic period, Greek

linguistics, Latin poetry of the early Empire, literature in its spatial and socio-cultural
context, cognitive humanities, Greek religion
  • Friendly, relatively small community
  • Internationally oriented research climate
  • Excellent teaching: two staff members elected Lecturer of the Year
  • Vibrant, international university city


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opbouwIn 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.

All students write a thesis on a topic related to Greek or Latin literature and its reception, supported by a thesis and methods course. They also follow an interdisciplinary course in
translation, on the interface of literary studies with ancient history or classical archaeology. Recent examples include: Landscape and Memory, and Text, Language and Religion.
Tragic Women
5 EC
Interdisciplinary course: Landscape and Memory
5 EC
Commentary Course: Aristophanes and Plautus
10 EC
Greek epigraphy (Masterlanguage) keuzevak
5 EC
Late Antique Latin Poetry
5 EC
Power and Cult in the Hellenistic World (Research Seminar Ancient History) keuzevak
10 EC
Interdisciplinary research seminar (Faculty courses) keuzevak
10 EC
Master's work placement keuzevak
10 EC
Master's Thesis afstuderen
20 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet40% zelfstudie
50% theorie
10% praktijk
literature study, research, tutorial, group assignment, individual assignment, self study
study abroad
Contact for more information on studying abroad: study advisor drs. R.P. van der Borg (

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2024

aanmelding deadline : 15 januari 2024
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2023
wettelijk tarief : € 1703 (€852 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 7300

1 september 2024

aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2024
collegegeld nog niet bekend


Bachelor's degree in Classics or other relevant programme from a (Research) University.
Students from other backgrounds (such as other History and Archaeology) are also very welcome to apply to the programme. To assess whether your command of Greek and Latin meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies. This evaluation is carried out by our Board of Examiners

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.

De stad


Boréas is the study association of the bachelor Greek and Latin Language and Culture and the associated master programs in Groningen.
Boréas organizes several annual events for its members including an introduction camp and a Christmas dinner. Besides leisure activities, Boréas also organizes study related activities such as lectures and excursions.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

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).

Potentiële beroepen

communications consultant
government employee
staff member in a museum or (academic) library
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