- A completed Bachelor's degree in History (USA = major in History) or BA/MA degrees in related fields like Greek and Latin or Archaeology
- A proficiency in English
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
- A TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper based) or ≥90 (internet based)
- An IELTS score of ≥6.5
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
Months of entry
Surpassed by no city in the Western world, Rome is known for its charismatic leadership and overwhelmingly rich history, as the city embodies an architecturally magnificent metropolis, the impressive capital of a once mighty Roman Empire and a powerful representation of the Papal See.
The Master's specialisation in Ancient and Medival Mediterranean Worlds focuses on Rome and offers an in-depth examination of both the city of Rome and its role as the capital of the Roman Empire, and of the representation of the ‘idea' of Rome throughout the centuries. Eternal Rome presents a unique programme taught by a group of specialists from the fields of ancient, Byzantine, and medieval history. Their expertise includes the status of Rome beyond the Middle Ages into the Renaissance and modern times.
Notions of change and continuity, even of eternity, have played a prominent role in the history of Rome. What makes Rome such a potent image of the past, the present, and the future? It is no coincidence that rulers such as Charlemagne or Benito Mussolini positioned themselves as legitimate successors to the power and traditions of Rome. Similarly, the inhabitants of the Byzantine Empire, Rome's most direct successor, continued to call themselves ‘Romaioi' well into the twelfth century. After the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the legacy of Rome persisted, with Moscow claiming to be the Third Rome.
As you analyse Rome and its impressive legacy, you will become acquainted with several specialist areas of research, such as ancient history, medieval history, art history, classical philology, archaeology, and literary theory. Each field offers different perspectives and methodologies that will both expand your knowledge and ideas of Rome and deepen your insight into many questions relevant to the functioning of our modern society.
Students who follow the entire Roma Aeterna Master's specialisation start in September.
Students taking a Master's programme elsewhere may follow the first semester of the Roma Aeterna specialisation.
This is a specialisation of the Master's in History
To apply for this course, please contact us by e-mail.
Fees and funding
There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our scholarships and grants page at our website.
Radboud Scholarship Programme
Open to a select number of excellent international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,078 in 2019/2020). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.
Orange Tulip Scholarship
Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, South-Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,078 in 2019/2020). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.
Radboud Faculty of Arts Study Funds
Students who receive either the Radboud Scholarship or the Orange Tulip Scholarship are eligible for an additional grant to assist with study costs. The grant consists of 2,500 euros paid in 10 instalments throughout the year.
Open to excellent American students. The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros. International travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered, and an extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival.
Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship
Open to excellent students from China. Consists of a contribution of € 16,113 towards the total costs of one year of study or research in the Netherlands.
Aimed at lecturers at higher education institutions in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.
Indonesian Education Scholarship (LPDP)
Open to excellent Indonesian students under the age of 35. Involves a full scholarship.
Holland Scholarship Programme
Open to excellent students from Canada, America, India and Turkey. Scholarship consists of 5,000 euros payed at the start of study.
Dutch Student Finance
EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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