Classical Archaeology and Ancient History - Master's Programme in the Humanities

Academic year 2021/2022

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Much of what we take for granted today has its origin in the classical cultures around the Mediterranean. The Master's Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, gives you a broad education in the history, archaeology, art, religion and philosophy of the Ancient World. You will learn to analyse historical processes and phenomena through fascinating source material. You will also choose to specialise in an area and write a scientific thesis.

Why this programme?

​If you are interested in Mediterranean archaeology and ancient history, this is the programme for you.

Much of what we take for granted in politics, economy and culture has its roots in Antiquity. In this programme, you will learn to analyse and communicate a cultural heritage which is central to European identity.

The Master's Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Classical Archeology and Ancient History, is one of the international Master's programmes offered by the Faculty of Arts at Uppsala University. The full programme runs over two years and is worth 120 credits, but you can also choose to complete the programme in one academic year, leading to a Master of Arts, 60 credits.

The programme contains both compulsory and elective courses. The Department of Archaeology and Ancient History normally offers four or five courses in Archaeology, Classical Archaeology and Egyptology every semester. You can also choose courses from other subjects at the University if you want to broaden your education.


The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Classical Archaeology and Ancient History as the main field of study. It is also possible to graduate after one academic year with a Master of Arts (60 credits).

All specialisations of this programme


The Master's Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Classical Archaeology and Ancient history, starts with two compulsory courses, followed by a range of elective courses offered by the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History or other departments in the Faculty of Arts.

The first compulsory course is Cosmopolitan Pasts (7.5 credits). It runs at 50% of a full-time study load and you will take the course together with students from the Master's Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Egyptology (Uppsala) or Archaeology (Uppsala and Visby).

The other compulsory course, The Craft of Research (7.5 credits), runs throughout the first semester and provides foundation for the writing of your Master's thesis.

You will design your education according to your own interests. At the beginning of the first semester, you will establish an individual study plan (ISP) together with the programme coordinator or director of studies. At that time, you will decide how to plan your studies: which courses to take, when to write your Master's thesis, etc. The ISP is revised every semester, or, if needed, more often.

The department offers a number of courses, which normally run at 50% of a full-time study load. The idea behind this is that you should read two courses in parallel, or read one course while working on your Master's thesis.

Apart from the courses offered by the Department, which vary from semester to semester over a two-year cycle, you can choose to take an internship (worth 7.5 and/or 15 credits), or take courses individually tailored to suit your needs. You may also take courses offered by other departments at the University.

Most of the courses provided at the Department are offered both in Uppsala and in Visby, but some are only given at one campus.

You will write a 45-credit Master's thesis. It is divided up and written over several semesters. You can choose to devote your full attention to the thesis, or read a course at the same time.

Courses within the programme

You can choose how to organise your studies yourself, after consulting with your programme coordinator or the director of studies. Below you can see one example of how the courses can be organised for the full-time two-year programme.

Semester 1
Cosmopolitan Pasts, 7.5 credits (compulsory)
The Craft of Research, 7.5 credits (compulsory)
Elective courses corresponding to 15 credits

Semester 2
Elective courses corresponding to 15 credits
Advanced Field Course in Archaeology, 15 credits

Semester 3
Internship, 15 credits
Degree project, 15 credits

Semester 4
Degree project, 30 credits

Learning experience

Courses are typically worth 7.5 credits and run at 50% of a full time study load. The course content, teaching and learning methods may vary between courses, but normally include two or four hours of seminars and lectures each week.

Outside of classroom, you are expected to read and digest texts and sometimes also discuss them with other students. Some courses have a more practical orientation, such as internships and courses on Geographical Information Systems (GIS). In these courses, you are expected to work up to 30 or even 40 hours per week in an office or a lab. There are also other courses offered by the Swedish Institute in Athens and in Rome. If you are accepted to one of these courses, you will spend between one and ten weeks in Greece or Italy.

Course assessment is normally continuous based on your active participation in seminars and submissions of several short independent essays. It may also consist of a longer essay submitted at the end of the course.

The programme is taught in English.


With a Master of Arts degree, specialising in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, you are qualified for further PhD studies in this field. Previous students have found work as archaeologists, museum curators and educators, investigators for the public sector, aid workers, tour leaders and guides, cultural writers, and researchers and lecturers at universities.

Career support
During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Learn more about UU Careers.


Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fee. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: a statement of purpose.

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

120 credits

Autumn 2021, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 15 January 2021

Application code: UU-M5002 Application

Language of instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the humanities or social sciences.
Also required is 60 credits in classical archaeology and ancient history.

Language requirements
Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page) where you detail why you want to pursue Master's studies within the programme.
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50,000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200,000

Contact and further resources


Philosophy: Pauliina Remes

+46 18 471 28 97


+46 18 471 20 93

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Archeology, Egyptology

Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology: Claudia Merli

+46 18 471 22 83

Cultural Heritage and Sustainability: Gustaf Leijonhufvud

+46 18 471 28 87


+46 18 471 28 97

Aesthetics: Nicholas Wiltsher

+46 471 73 53

Gender Studies: Jacob Bull

+46 18 471 57 98

Musicology: Mattias Lundberg

+46 18 471 15 84

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

Faculty of Arts

Dag Hammarskjölds väg 7

Box 256, 751 05 UPPSALA

Programme start and registration

Welcome to the Master's Programme in the Humanities!

Registration takes place in Ladok. You do not register for the programme, but for the introductory course within the programme specialisation that you have chosen (e.g. ethnology, archaeology, etc.). You will find information about your introductory course in Ladok.

Please note that time windows for registration differ between courses, so be sure not to miss the time window for your particular course! If you are not registered by the last day of registration, you risk losing your place, which will be passed on to a student on the waiting list.

If this is your first time studying at Uppsala University, you will need a student account. All information about how to get one is available on the student web.

If you need help to register for the introductory course, please email your course/study administrator before the last day of registration. Below is a list with the email addresses of the course/study administrators within the programme's different specialisations.

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
Gender Studies
Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Heritage and Sustainability
Art History
History of Science and Ideas

Students admitted with conditions
Students admitted with conditions (those who do not yet meet the eligibility requirements) cannot register. If you are one of these students, please contact the study administrator to show that you meet the qualification requirements and confirm your interest, no later than one week before the start of the course.

Students on waiting lists
When the last date of registration has passed, and if the course has vacancies, the department will start contacting students on the waiting list via the email addresses they used in their application. The department may contact students on the waiting list up until the course starts. Be sure to check your e-mail (including spam filters). If you are offered a reserve place, please notify the department as soon as possible whether you wish to register or not.

If you no longer intend to enrol in the programme, please withdraw your application as soon as possible, so that another student may take your place.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your course/study administrator.

Last modified: 2022-05-13