Programme Classics

The Master programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics is a one year-programme, which gives students a diverse and well-balanced view of Graeco-Roman antiquity. Together with classes on the cultural-historical disciplines (Ancient Philosophy and Ancient History), courses on Greek and (Renaissance) Latin literature and linguistics form the core of the programme. All students participate in the core course Classics Now! A seminar focusing on the relevance of the study of Classics and discussing current issues in modern society while applying ancient texts as ‘tools for thinking’.

Programme information

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The study load of the master's programme runs up to 60 EC and is spread over two semesters. To complete the specialisation Classics, students take 40 EC in classes about Greek and Latin literature and/or linguistics, and in a limited number of classes from the cultural-historical disciplines (Ancient Philosophy and Ancient History). Students are required to attend the core course Classics Now! for at least 5 ec (it is possible to take the course for 10 ec with an additional reading list and paper). Students conclude the specialisation Classics by writing a thesis based on a research question or hypothesis of your own formulation, which involves the interpretation of classical texts, and/or the exploration of linguistic or literary concepts. A maximum of 20 EC can be acquired through classes taken abroad. The structure of the study programme:

First semester/Second semester
- Core course: Classics Now! (5 EC)
- Seminar/tutorial Greek (10 EC)
- Seminar/tutorial Latin (10 EC)
- Seminar/tutorial Greek or Latin/extra credits Classics Now! (5 EC)
- Seminar/tutorial cultural-historical discipline (5 EC)
- Elective (5 EC)

Second semester 
- Master thesis (20 EC)

The Prospectus contains course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). Please consult the Classics section of the Prospectus for more (detailed) information about the programme and for recent courses on offer. The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June.

N.B. This programme qualifies Dutch students for the Teacher-training programme in Classics.

Form for approval programme

Students are required to hand in the form Approval Master Programme to the Board of Examiners. This form is filled in at the start of the study. To fill in this form, students first make an appointment with the Co-ordinator of Studies, in order to check whether or not their study plans meet the requirements of the Master programme. The Co-ordinator of Studies sends the form to the Board of Examiners for final approval.

Masterlanguage and sister institutions

Classics students at Leiden University can attend courses that are offered by masterlanguage. Masterlanguage is a curriculum of courses offered annually to MA students in several languages (among others, classical Greek and Latin). For Classics the courses concern Epigraphy in Greece and Rome Participating students sign up for masterlanguage courses while being enrolled in their own local master programme at the masterlanguage website.

Students are also allowed to take courses at  other academic universities. Students can choose from all  courses on offer both in Leiden and at the sister institutions. As a result, students benefit from the expertise of many universities. An overview of all disciplinary courses (Greek and Latin literature and linguistics and cultural-historical courses) is available on the OIKOS website.

For students in Classics at Leiden University it is not obligatory to attend courses at other universities. If students do choose to attend courses at the sister institutions (or abroad), the maximum of EC for Master students that is acquired at another university is 20 EC. For more information about this agreement, please contact the  Co-ordinator of Studies.

Timetables and calendar

  • The timetables for Classics will give you the locations and scheduling of your classes, organised per year of study.
  • The academic calendar provides an overview of course schedules, examination periods and holidays.

Application, enrollment and examinations

  • To enroll in a specific course or examination, use the Study administration system uSis.
  • This website is intended for students who are already enrolled in the programme. Prospective students looking for application information should consult

  • To enroll as a Dutch non-degree student ('gaststudent'), please find more information in Dutch on the 'Anders studeren' website.

Co-ordinator of Studies

For practical issues and information concerning the Master's programme students may refer to the Co-ordinator of Studies. The Co-ordinator of Studies is available for advice pertaining to progress and delay, personal circumstances and exam regulations.

Graduation and deregistration

Master students who have completed the Master programme can apply for their graduation. See the Graduation page for more information about the graduation procedure, the regulations concerning the Master thesis, and the process of deregistration from Leiden University after graduation.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All rights and obligations of students in the faculty of Humanities are stated in regulations, the most important of which are indicated below.

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards and committees

Students within the Faculty of Humanities, are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the Departmental Teaching Committee
  • the Departmental Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board

Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.


Practical questions can be directed to: