Research Master Thesis Classics & Ancient Civilizations


Course Objective

The thesis should show that the student possesses knowledge of and
insight into his or her specific area of study within the field of
Classics and Ancient Civilizations, as well as the necessary skills to
perform original research, using primary sources, according to academic
standards. The student should show how his or her specific subject
relates to the broader cultural or social context. The student should
also demonstrate theoretical and methodological insight in the field and
the ability to apply these insights independently, developing his or her
own perspective on the material studied. A Research Master’s thesis
should present innovative, critical, and, wherever possible,
interdisciplinary research. If a disciplinary approach is chosen, it is
important to show that one is able to relate one’s approach to other
approaches and methods and that one has the capability to show the
relevance of the subject and approach to the field as a whole.

Course Content

The subject and content of the thesis are defined in consultation with
the supervisor. The student is required to contact one of the staff
members whose field of research best fits the type of research to be
carried out. An independent second reader will be approached afterwards.
For more details on the process and the requirements, please consult the
Research Master’s Thesis Guide on VUnet.

Teaching Methods

In a series of one-to-one sessions, the supervisor gives feedback to the
student. As a first step, the student defines his or her research topic.
When this is approved of by one of the staff members, a thesis contract
will be drawn up, listing the topic, the research question, as well as
the supervisor and second reader. It will also set the time frame and
the number of supervision meetings. This contract should be submitted to
one of the coordinators of the Research Master’s programme, Prof. Irene
de Jong or Prof. Bas ter Haar Romeny, no later than at the end of the
second period of the second year of one’s programme.

Method of Assessment

The thesis will be assessed by two staff members, who will mark the
thesis independently: the supervisor and the second reader. Important
criteria are originality, argumentation, style of writing, adequate
references to source material and secondary literature, and—if
relevant—the use of illustrations. For more details, please see the
Research Master’s Thesis Guide on VUnet.

Entry Requirements

Bachelor degree (cf. admission rules).


To be discussed with the thesis supervisor.

Target Audience

Research Master’s students.

Additional Information

It is best to start thinking about one’s thesis in the first semester of
the first year, in consultation with one’s mentor. The mentor may act as
supervisor, but it is also possible to select another staff member.
Additional support is given in the Research Design classes.

General Information

Credits 30 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. R.B. ter Haar Romeny
Teaching Staff

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