Classical Archaeology and Ancient History - Master's Programme in the Humanities 2019/2020

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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 roots in Antiquity. You learn to analyse and communicate a cultural heritage 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. 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 if you want to broaden your education further.


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, commences with the compulsory course 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 Archaeology from both campuses (Uppsala and Visby).

The other compulsory course, Writing Course (7.5 credits), runs throughout the first semester and provides support for the writing the Master's thesis.

Apart from this, you have the opportunity to design your education according to your own interests. At the beginning of your 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 department's courses are offered both in Uppsala and in Visby, but some are only given at one campus.

The 45 credit Master's thesis 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. Most courses are given in English, but you can choose to write your thesis either in English or in Swedish.

Courses within the programme

You can choose how to organise your studies yourself, after consulting the Director of Studies. Below you can see one example of how the course work can be organised for the full, two-year programme.

Semester 1
Cosmopolitan Pasts, 7.5 credits (compulsory)
Writing course, 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 usually taught in the form of seminars, but there may be lectures as well.

The most common forms of examination are written assignments and take-home exams, although other forms of examination may occur depending on the course.

The programme is delivered entirely in English and you are given the choice of writing your Master's thesis either in English or Swedish.


With a Master of Arts degree, specialising in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, you are eligible 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.


Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

120 credits

Autumn 2019 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2019-01-15

Enrolment 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
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies;
  • the quality of the Bachelor's thesis/degree project; and
  • a statement of purpose outlining their archaeological proficiency (1-2 pages).
Special emphasis is placed on the quality of the degree project in archaeology.

As full documentation of your degree project, preferably a Bachelor's thesis, is required, a paper copy must arrive no later than 1 February 2019 to:

Uppsala University
Department of Archaeology and Ancient History
P.O. Box 626
SE-751 26 Uppsala, Sweden

Please mark your envelope 'Master Programme in the Humanities: Classical Archaeology and Ancient History'.


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 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

Contact and further resources


Cultural Anthropology: Annika Teppo

+46 18 471 22 48

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Archeology

Cultural Heritage and Sustainability: Gustaf Leijonhufvud

+46 18 471 28 87

Musicology: Mattias Lundberg

+46 18 471 15 84

Philosophy: Andrew Reisner

Aesthetics: Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann

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

Contact the respective department for information about your chosen specialisation:

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