European Master in Classical Cultures, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #151 (ARWU) ,
The qualification goals of the programme are: expert knowledge, and superior interdisciplinary, problem-oriented analytical, representational and communicative skills in the field of Classical Studies both of which will qualify the students for their doctoral thesis, continued academic work and the employment in the cultural sector.


The European Master in Classical Cultures is an internationally integrated, interdisciplinary programme in Classical Studies, supported by 11 partner universities from 8 European countries. As an Erasmus Curriculum Development Project, the planning and the implementation of the Masters programme has been subsidised by the European Union since 2006, as it fulfils the criteria for promoting mobility and cooperation in the field of higher education in Europe particularly well.

After the establishment of the Masters programme, further universities will be invited to participate and benefit from its newly developed course structure and organisation, thereby extending the circle of universities partaking in the programme.

Particular emphasis is laid on language skills, intercultural competences and a natural awareness of international cooperation in order to professionalise the students in for the European and international employment markets in scholarship, education, and culture.

Programme Structure

Structure of the Curriculum

In view of the variety of designations that are used at the different universities for the sub-division of study programmes and individual courses, the following terms will be employed for the EMCC: large thematic units will be referred to as “Modules.” Each module consists of classes which – regardless of differences in organisation – will be referred to as “Courses.”

The study programme is subdivided into three study areas:

  • Core Modules
  • Advanced Modules
  • Extension Modules

Further elements are interdisciplinary compact courses and a placement phase.

The core modules comprise three main subjects: Ancient History, Classical Philology and Archaeology plus a total of 5 modules which ought to be selected at the ratio of 2:2:1.

The core modules are split into introductory and speciality modules. The introductory module will impart the basic knowledge for each core module. Since admission to the EMCC programme requires basic expert knowledge for at least two core modules, students may only attend a single introductory module in one core module and ought to select their speciality modules accordingly. Whether an introductory module in any of the core modules is necessary at all will be decided during the admission procedure.

The two advanced modules are designed to improve methodological and language skills.

Building on the studies pursued in the core and advanced modules, the extension modules aim at professionalising the students further by expanding geographic and historical knowledge in the pertinent field, and by deepening the understanding of methodological problems.

The week-long interdisciplinary compact course (blockseminar) will be organised by the local coordinators and take place once a year at changing locations. It provides students with the opportunity to present and discuss the main points of their ongoing Masters thesis internationally.

Attractive Placements

The placement offers the opportunity to gain hands-on or practice-oriented experience. As a rule, the placements will be organised in cooperation with leading institutions, as, for instance, with one of our partners, the Deutsche Archäologische Institut.

Course Schedule

In order to ensure a coherent academic programme, the coordinating council will annually select the EMCC courses from the course schedules of all participating universities and assign them to their pertinent module. Similarly, the introduction of a comprehensive list of basic methodological texts is meant to serve as foundational guidance. The course schedule and course descriptions will be published both in printed form and online. Within the individual modules, the functional inclusion of topics related to the Ancient Near East is optional.

Student Counselling Service and Mentoring

Prior to the beginning of the studies, the students’ academic specialties and specific interests will be assessed, in order to encourage a thoughtful organisation of the study plan right from the start.

The mentoring programme is a key element in the organisation of the EMCC. Each student will be assigned a personal mentor who is a member of staff at the university where the student begins the programme. In the course of the studies, other mentors, usually from the universities where the students have taken part of their exams, will support the student.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements:

BA or equivalent degree in a relevant subject (e.g., Diplom, Staatsexamen for Germany, Laurea for Italy, Licenciatura for Spain, Licence for France and Turkey, Ptychio for Cyprus) with a normal course duration of 6 semesters (3 years). Relevant subjects are in particular Ancient History, Archaeology, and Classical Philology.

The coordinating council will decide on the admission of graduates with particular subject combinations.

Language Skills:

Verifiable knowledge of the language spoken at the university where the programme is taken up is requisite, as well as functional knowledge of two further modern languages (at least one which is the official language of one of the partner universities). Knowledge of Ancient Greek or Latin is another requirement.

Your local coordinators will be glad to answer your questions about the EMCC.

Please apply to the university at which you wish to start the Masters programme.

All addresses for application will soon be posted on this page.

Please hand in the following application documents:

  • Application form
  • Certificate of first academic degree. Should the leaving certificate not be available at the time of application, a preliminary certificate covering the grades of the first 5 semesters (equivalent of 150 ECTS credits) must be handed in. The leaving certificate is to be produced on course registration.
  • Evidence of adequate language skills
  • Curriculum vitae (please use EUROPASS form)
  • Transcript of records
  • Written application for admission to the EMCC in which you state your motivation, your main research interests, the prospective focus of your studies within the core modules, as well as your expectations about the Masters programme (max. 5 pages DIN A-4).
  • Two references by university/college teachers
  • If applicable, further documents that help support your qualification and motivation for the programme (e.g., work placement certificates or equivalent additional qualifications, your BA thesis, or a representative paper from your undergraduate studies)

The formal and content-related fulfilment of the admission requirements will be examined in the admission interview. During the interview, you will also have the opportunity to receive assistance with the planning of your course of study.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Münster

  • 680 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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