Ancient History (research)

The specialisation in Ancient History focuses on the unification of the Mediterranean World and offers you insights into a crucial period in European and world history.

Programme information

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Already in Archaic and Classical times the Ancient World was a vibrant world full of political, economic and cultural interactions, but starting with the conquests of Alexander the Great the geographical scope of these interactions, as well as their intensity, vastly increased. The Hellenistic Kingdoms stretched from the eastern shores of the Adriatic all the way to the Indus, and the Roman empire from northern Iraq to southern Scotland.

Courses, for which no Greek or Latin is required, deal with transformations of the Hellenistic and Roman worlds, with a focus on themes such as socio-economic history, urban culture, migration, cultural identity and the history of mentality – for example Graeco-Roman and early Christian religion. The great Mediterranean empires can be studied from all of these angles.

Detailed information on the components of the Research MA may be found on Programme Information Research MA History.

Timetables and calendar

Prospectus: programme overview and course descriptions

The Prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the Ancient History (research) section of the Prospectus for more information.

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

Study advice

Every department (or degree programme) has a Co-ordinator of Studies (studiecoördinator). The Co-ordinator of Studies knows all the ins and outs of the programme and can help with any problems. Typical subjects to discuss with the Co-ordinator of Studies are: student progress (and delay) and exam regulations.

Graduation procedures

MA students who are ready to apply for their graduation should follow the graduation procedure. See the graduation website for more information about this procedure, the MA thesis, and how to deregister from Leiden University after graduation.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All the rights and obligations of students in the Humanities faculty are set out in regulations. The most important of these are indicated below. (The list is not exhaustive; more documentation on regulations may appear here in the future.)

  • 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, committees, and co-participation

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

  • the Departmental Teaching Committee
  • the Departmental or Institute Administration or Institute 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.

Contact and staff History

Last Modified: 01-12-2016