Why in Utrecht

Flexible course offerings

The flexibility of our Master in Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies sets it apart from other Master’s programmes in the field. If Utrecht University does not offer the course you require, you can take a similar course at a different institution. With your tutor, you determine which courses are best-suited to the research you wish to undertake at the end of the two-year programme. Indeed, no two graduates will have taken the same electives from the many available at Utrecht University, other Dutch universities, and international institutions.


You may complete an internship if it includes a clear research component, i.e. an internship in an archive, library, or museum. Internships may involve national or international research projects with Utrecht University scholars or with publishers. Read more about internships.


You will be assigned a tutor who will support you in developing your own programme of study. Coordinators on each of the four tracks, as well as the Programme Coordinator, will help you identify a suitable university for undertaking internships and/or a term abroad.


Because the number of students in each track is limited, our students form close-knit communities. You will also mingle with lecturers and researchers during regular lectures and seminars. The Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies is particularly active. In addition, national research schools invite students to events of interest in their chosen field of studies.

Teaching staff

Our lecturers are internationally recognised as experts in their fields. The core lecturers of the research Master's programme in Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies include:


Prof. Leonard Rutgers
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Leonard Rutgers is Professor of Late Antiquity. He is particularly interested in questions of identity formation, migration, religion and violence in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. Rutgers is currently directing two international projects, one entitled Reconfiguring Diaspora: The Transformation of the Jewish Diaspora in Late Antiquity and another focussing on the origins of Christianity in Rome (excavation). 

Prof. Marco Mostert
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Marco Mostert is Professor of Medieval History in the Department of History. He directed a 'Pionier project' on Medieval Literacy. His research focuses on medieval written culture and communication, with attention for the relations between non-verbal, oral and written forms of communication. See also the website Medieval Literacy Platform

Dr Bart Besamusca
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Bart Besamusca is a Professor in Medieval Dutch Literature. His research focuses on medieval narrative literature. His research projects include Bibliothek mittelniederländischer Literatur (BIMILI), The Dynamics of the Medieval Manuscript: Text Collections from a European Perspective, and Arthurian Fiction in Medieval Europe: Narratives and Manuscripts

Dr Aaron Griffith
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Aaron Griffith is Assistant Professor in Linguistics. His areas of expertise include historical linguistics, early and high Middle Ages, Celtic languages and culture and language change.  

Prof. Arnoud Visser
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Arnoud Visser is Professor of Textual Culture in the Renaissance Low Countries. His research has focused on early modern intellectual culture, with particular attention to classical and patristic traditions in the Reformation period. He is the director of Annotated Books Online, and is currently setting up a new research project on the formation and impact of literary fame in early modern Europe. 

Dr Floris van den Eijnde
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Dr Floris van den Eijnde is currently employed as Assistant Professor in Ancient History and Coordinator of the programme. His current research revolves around Early Iron Age and Archaic Athenian society. He teaches various courses in ancient greek history and archaeology. 

World-class University

Choosing Utrecht University means choosing one of the best universities in the country. Several renowned international rankings place Utrecht University among the 100 best universities in the world. The teaching environment at Utrecht University is international: half of the Utrecht Master's programmes are taught in English. The existing and former academic staff of Utrecht University include twelve Nobel Prize laureates. Read more about Utrecht University.

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