Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MA)

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The award
MA

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 11500

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About Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies at University of Groningen

Are you interested in the history, literature and culture of classical, medieval and early modern civilizations? Do you aspire to a career in research? This track is just what you are looking for.

This two-year Research Master's track focuses on ClassicalAntiquity, the Middle Ages and Early Modernity in Europe and theMiddle East. You will explore the similarities and differencesbetween these periods and you willgain fundamental insights into the cultural developments andchanges of premodern times. 
Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers amultidisciplinary and international environment. Depending on yourbackground and research interests, you can chooseone main focus (History, Literature orClassics) within our interdisciplinary programme. 
You can design your own researchprofile to fit your interests. You will takespecialist, tailor-made tutorials andcourses on theory and method. You will collaborate with our topresearchers on their academicprojects. You can also spend a studyperiod abroad at one of our partner universities. To complete yourstudies you will write an MA thesis on a subject of your own choiceand specialism under the guidance of our academic team, which willgive you a firm basis for further studies at PhDlevel. 

Are you interested in the history, literature and culture of classical, medieval and early modern civilizations? Do you aspire to a career in research? This track is just what you are looking for.

This two-year Research Master's track focuseson Classical Antiquity, the Middle Ages and EarlyModernity in Europe and the Middle East. You will explore thesimilarities and differences between these periodsand you will gain fundamental insightsinto the cultural developments and changes of premoderntimes.
Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers amultidisciplinary and international environment. Depending on yourbackground and research interests, you can choose onemain focus (History, Literature orClassics) within our interdisciplinaryprogramme. 
You can design your own researchprofile to fit your interests. You will takespecialist, tailor-made tutorials andcourses on theory and method. You will collaborate with our topresearchers on their academicprojects. You can also spend a studyperiod abroad at one of our partner universities. To complete yourstudies you will write an MA thesis on a subject of your own choiceand specialism under the guidance of our academic team, which willgive you a firm basis for further studies at PhDlevel. 

After your studies

Job prospects

After graduation, you can continue your academic career in a PhDtrajectory. The track also is an excellent preparation for a(research-oriented) career in :

  • libraries
  • museums
  • other cultural organizations
  • journalism
  • education
  • and so on.

Most of our students will at least endeavour to obtain a placeas a PhD researcher. To this end there are introductory sessions aspart of the thesis class where students are informed about thepossibilities and pitfalls involved in applying for PhD positionsinside and outside the University of Groningen. Each student willhave to include a PhD proposal in his or her Master's thesis.
However, a modern research environment is not only made up ofresearchers - it also requires staff who are familiar withthe demands of modern research in academia and beyond. To this endstudents have the opportunity to build up experience in the form ofinternships in a cultural institution with a research component,such as Tresoar in Leeuwarden or the Royal Netherlands Academy ofArts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam.
Finally, we want to cater for students who wish to pursue a careerin teaching. To this end we have created a fast track that allowsstudents to integrate part of the Master of Arts in Teachingprogramme into their own programme.

After graduation, you can continue your academic career in a PhDtrajectory. The track also is an excellent preparation for a(research-oriented) career in :

    • libraries
    • museums
    • other cultural organizations
    • journalism
    • education
    • and so on.

    Most of our students will at least endeavour to obtain a placeas a PhD researcher. To this end there are introductory sessions aspart of the thesis class where students are informed about thepossibilities and pitfalls involved in applying for PhD positionsinside and outside the University of Groningen. Each student willhave to include a PhD proposal in his or her Master's thesis.
    However, a modern research environment is not only made up ofresearchers - it also requires staff who are familiar withthe demands of modern research in academia and beyond. To this endstudents have the opportunity to build up experience in the form ofinternships in a cultural institution with a research component,such as Tresoar in Leeuwarden or the Royal Netherlands Academy ofArts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam.
    Finally, we want to cater for students who wish to pursue a careerin teaching. To this end we have created a fast track that allowsstudents to integrate part of the Master of Arts in Teachingprogramme into their own programme.

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Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 11500 per year

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ClassicsAll Research universities

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English Language and CultureAll Research universities

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Dutch Language and CultureAll Research universities

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Admission requirements

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grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 onwriting skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items).ERK level C1.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • History
  • Classics
  • Medieval Studies
  • a European language and culture study (with a specialization inliterature and culture)
  • another related field
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo further information
other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on anevaluation of degree certificates, individual results and thethesis or paper.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 onwriting skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items).ERK level C1. A language test is not necessary, if you havecompleted a Dutch BA programme.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • History
  • Classics
  • Medieval Studies
  • a European language and culture study (with a specialization inliterature and culture)
  • another related field
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo further information
other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on anevaluation of degree certificates, individual results and thethesis or paper.

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