The Research Master's programme Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies comprises two years (120 EC). Each year is divided into two semesters, running from September until January and from February until June. A semester is divided into two study periods.
The programme offers four tracks:
- Ancient Studies
- Medieval Studies
- Early Medieval Insular Languages and Cultures
- Renaissance Studies
In the first year, you take four core courses, four research seminars specific for your chosen track, and special requirements: two language courses and two electives of the National Research Schools.
Year 2 | Semester 1
In the first semester of the second year you create your own study programme by taking courses or tutorials on offer in other tracks of this programme, in other Master's programmes at Utrecht University, a university elsewhere in the Netherlands, or abroad. You may also opt for one of the general electives on offer in the Research Master's programme.
The aim of this semester is to invest in knowledge and skills specifically for your personal research interests, in preperation of writing your thesis during the second semester.
Year 2 | Semester 2
The programme is concluded with a Research Master's thesis. The quality of this thesis is especially important if you plan on seeking admission to a PhD programme after graduation. You can also participate in a Thesis Lab designed to support your research and writing proces. Some examples of Master's theses writtten by students in this programme:
- The public administration of the Merovingian kingdoms in the sixth century
- The Language of Sir John Fortescue: a critical discourse analysis approach to fifteenth-century polemical works
- A Social Network of Knowledge: the Functions of Knowledge in the Correspondence of Giovanni Garzoni (1429-1505)
- Norse loanwords in Old and Middle Irish - a semantic analysis of the Irish-Norse (language) contact situation
- The Enigmatic Enemy. Greek perceptions of and political interaction with the Persian Empire from 404 to 380 BC.
You can find more theses in our thesis archive.
Educational methods differ from one course to another. The most used methods are:
- seminars (30%)
- group work (25%)
- independent study (30%)
- research internship (15%)
Individual work will also be discussed (for example, in the research tutorials).