Please note: for students starting in the academic year 2019-2020, the curriculum of the RMA Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies has been completely revised. If you started before September 2019, please refer to the Education and Examination Regulations or the course planner (make sure you select the correct exam programme) for the exam requirements that apply to you.

Contact the programme coordinator if you have any questions 


The Research Master's Programme in Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies lasts for two years and has a 120 EC study load. A year is divided into two semesters, running from September till January and from February till June. A semester is divided into two blocks. Normally you will take three courses (of 5 EC each) per block.

An overview of courses per track is available here.

Year 1

In the first year, all students take four core courses, four research seminars specific for their chosen track, two language courses and two electives of the National Research Schools.

Year 2

In the first semester of the second year you create your own study programme (30 EC) by taking courses or tutorials on offer in other AMRS tracks, in other MA Programmes at Utrecht University, an university elsewhere in the Netherlands, or abroad. You may also opt for one of the general electives on offer in the RMA AMRS. The aim of this semester is to invest in knowledge and skills specifically for your personal research interests, in preperation of writing your RMA Thesis during the second semester.

In the second semester you work on your Thesis (30 EC) and participate in a Thesis Lab designed to support your research and writing proces. 

Programme Book

As a supplement to the student website and as a guide during your first weeks of the academic year, you may wish to consult our programme book.