Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
The Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies programme is offered by the University of Groningen. You will explore the similarities and differences between these periods. In addition, you will gain fundamental insights into the cultural changes that preceded the modern period.


The Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies programme is offered by the University of Groningen. Are you interested in the history, literature and culture of classical and ancient civilizations? Is a career in research something you aspire to? Then this programme is just what you are looking for.

Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers a multidisciplinary and international environment. Depending on your background and research interests, you can choose one main specialization  (History, Literature or Classics)  o f our  interdisciplinary programme .  

You can design your own research profile  to fit your interests. You will take specialist, tailor - made tutorials and courses on theory and method. You will collaborate with our top researchers on their academic projects .  You can also spend a study period abroad at one of our partner universities. To complete your studies you will write an MA thesis on a subject of your own choice and specialism under the guidance of our academic team, which will give you a firm basis for further studies at PhD level. 

Job prospects:

Most of our students will at least endeavour to obtain a place as a PhD researcher. To this end there are introductory sessions as part of the thesis class where students are informed about the possibilities and pitfalls involved in applying for PhD positions inside and outside the University of Groningen. 

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

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


Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Approaches of Antiquity, Middle Ages and Early Modern Times (10 EC)
  • Greek Epigraphy 
  • Medieval Latin I 
  • Research Seminar I 
  • Research Seminar II 
  • Script, Manuscript and Print in Middle Ages and Renaissance I 
  • Script, Manuscript and Print in Middle Ages and Renaissance II
  • Greek Literary Papyrology 
  • CMRS Seminar 
  • Letter-Writing in Premodern Europe
  • Medieval Latin II 
  • Research Seminar III 
  • Research Seminar IV 
  • Script, Manuscript and Print in Middle Ages and Renaissance II 

                          Detailed Programme Facts

                          • Programme intensity Full-time
                            • Full-time duration 24 months
                          • Credits
                            120 ECTS
                          • Languages
                            • English
                          • Delivery mode
                            On Campus

                          English Language Requirements

                          You only need to take one of these language tests:

                          • Minimum required score:


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                            Book IELTS
                          • Minimum required score:


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                          Academic Requirements

                          Previous education:
                            BA degree in:
                              • History
                              • Classics
                              • Medieval Studies
                              • a European language and culture study (with a specialization in literature and culture)
                              • another related field
                              Other requirements:
                              • Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.
                              • Excellent academic record.
                              • Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). ERK level C1.
                              • Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results and the thesis or paper.

                                        Tuition Fee

                                        • International Applies to you

                                          11400 EUR/year
                                          Tuition Fee
                                          Based on the original amount of 11400 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                        • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                          2006 EUR/year
                                          Tuition Fee
                                          Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                        Living costs for Groningen

                                        • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
                                          Living Costs

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