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Discover the history and culture of the great pre-modern civilisations 

Our research Master’s programme in Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies focuses on interdisciplinary study of the material, social, and intellectual developments in Europe (including the Mediterranean region) from Antiquity through the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.

Students of the Ancient Studies track share their experiences with the programme


Within this long period, you can focus on your academic interests by choosing one of the following tracks:

  • Ancient Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Early Medieval Insular Languages and Cultures
  • Renaissance Studies

Within each track, you will work with source materials in their original languages, including in manuscript form.

  • The Ancient Studies track has a keen interest in cultural interactions within and between ancient civilisations and includes a variety of research methods, such as archaeology and epigraphy, to the study of the ancient world.
  • The Medieval Studies and Renaissance Studies tracks go beyond a solely historical approach by including courses in literature, linguistics, art history, musicology, and history.
  • In the Medieval Studies track, you may specialise in either Medieval History, Medieval Art History, Medieval Literature, or Medieval Musicology.
  • Early Medieval Insular Languages and Cultures combines literary studies with historical linguistics.

Read more about the tracks.

Work on research projects

The programme is enhanced with research conducted by lecturers who are internationally renowned in their fields of expertise. You are encouraged to work alongside these lecturers on research projects, and you can spend a semester abroad at one of the many universities with which we have research links. After graduation, approximately 50% of graduates go on to undertake a PhD, either in the Netherlands or abroad. 

For those with ambitions outside research, courses are being developed on ‘Heritage and Cultural Transfer’ (including an internship in material culture, e.g. on written texts as objects), and on the uses of the ancient and medieval languages.

International community

The programme attracts students from the Netherlands and abroad. International students find an internationally unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of pre-modern civilisations. They quickly feel welcome in the community of teachers and students and fully participate in the programme’s scholarly life.

Read more about our teaching and research environment, including our teaching staff.

After graduation

This research Master’s programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to gain admission to PhD programmes in your chosen specialisation; you can also conduct independent research and complete your doctoral dissertation. The programme will give you the skills needed for your future career, including pursuing scholarly research to be published in peer-reviewed journals. Read more about career development

Our programme also prepares you for careers outside academia in management, politics, or the arts. The programme is both academically and socially relevant; by developing your professional skills and your ability to work independently, you will be well prepared for the challenges of the modern employment market. Read more about possible career prospects.


Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies is a selective Master’s programme. Do you want to know if you are eligible for this Master? Check the entry requirements.

  • Profile picture Iris van Nederpelt, Ancient Medieval and Renaissance Studies
    "This RMA allowed me to specialize in ancient history and taught me more about heritage management."
  • Profile picture Mark Visscher, Ancient Medieval and Renaissance Studies
    "One thing I particularly enjoy is that there is a lot of freedom as to how you design your own Master programme."


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MA
  • Master's degree in: History
  • Programme: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Accredited by the NVAO
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Part- or full-time status:
2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
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