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Master in Ancient Languages and Letters : Classics

Master in Ancient Languages and Letters : Classics

This formation is taught in french.

The 2020-2021 programme is subject to change. It is provided for information purposes only.

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  • Programme title
    Master in Ancient Languages and Letters : Classics
  • Programme mnemonic
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Letters, Translation and Communication
  • Degree type
    Masters 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Human and social sciences/Languages and literature
  • Schedule type
  • Languages of instruction
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
  • Category / Topic
    Human and social sciences - Languages and literature
  • Jury President
    Xavier LUFFIN
  • Jury Secretaries
    Sylvie VANSEVEREN and Emmanuel DUPRAZ


General information

Degree type

Masters 120 crédits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)


Schedule type




Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Human and social sciences - Languages and literature

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)

Succeed in your studies

ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

During your studies, many people at ULB are there specifically to help you succeed: support staff in each faculty, (inter-)faculty guidance counsellors, tutors, and experts in academic methodology.


The Master in Ancient Languages and Literature: Classics focuses on giving participants a thorough understanding of Latin and Greek, and covers each language’s texts, history and the way they are used in different spheres such as literature, poetry, documentary philology (papyrology, epigraphy), and dialects. By the end of the programme, students are able to make use of the full range of documentation on classical antiquity and to implement the most up-to-date analytical and research methods in both teaching and research. However, the course goes much further since it also offers resources and opportunities that are relevant to a number of other fields. The Master in Ancient Languages and Literature provides training based on critical analysis, independence, a creative approach to problem-solving, and written and oral communication. With the skills acquired, the culture studied, the graduates' open-mindedness and adaptability, and the projects carried out individually or in groups, the knowledge gained through the programme can be applied to an extremely wide variety of areas. Classes rely on new communication technologies and, despite their traditional nature, are clearly geared towards the modern context.

knowledge gained through the course can be applied to an extremely broad range of areas. The studies make use of new communication technologies and, despite their traditional nature, are clearly geared towards the modern context.

Lecture classes, assignments, seminars

This programme's strength lies in its focus on classical antiquity, with a number of elective courses dedicated to Eastern cultures. The multidisciplinary nature of the Master is a real asset, providing students with a perspective of classical culture through its language, culture, and history. These various aspects, combined with the comparative study of languages and the ancient tradition of documentary philology (epigraphy, papyrology) make this a programme that is unique to ULB. Students also take part in research, with research classes on questions related to the antiquity.

ique to the ULB. Participants are also involved in research through research units on questions related to Antiquity. Through research units, students are also involved in research into issues related to Antiquity.

Students are encouraged—including through the Erasmus programme—to spend all or part of an academic year in a partner university abroad.


Access conditions


The programme includes a common core of courses (60 credits); elective courses (10 credits); a dissertation (20 credits over 2 years); and specific courses for each focus (30 credits over 2 years).

Four focuses are available for this Master:

  • the teaching focus trains graduates who can teach Greek, Latin, or—for students who pick the relevant elective—French as a foreign language; the programme includes work placements in secondary schools and develops teaching, argumentation, and knowledge-sharing skills.

  • the focus on publishing covers editorial policies, library management, and the history of the publishing industry.

  • the focus on modern Italian provides basic literary and linguistic knowledge of a modern language that is a direct descendant of Latin.

  • the focus on modern Greek provides basic literary and linguistic knowledge of modern Greek.

What's next ?


As specialists in classical languages and letters, graduates of this programme have no trouble teaching Latin or Greek in secondary schools, or pursuing a career in research. In addition, as they possess the solid methodological foundation necessary to understand and use sources from classical antiquity, the graduates’ skills are also valuable in other fields: critical thinking skills, excellent and precise command of written and oral language, a keen sense of observation and argumentation, simultaneous practice of analysis and synthesis, and the ability to gather and structure documentation; all these skills are required from anyone in a position of responsibility, especially in public and private administrations.