The MA thesis (research) is based on original research and makes substantial use of primary material and professional literature. It is written in English, is up to 25.000 words in length (including footnotes and bibliography), and reflects the scholarly virtues of originality, focus and concision. The thesis must show the student’s ability to conduct original research under supervision, and to make a contribution to scholarship in a way that inspires confidence in his/her ability to prepare written reports of good quality.
The thesis is supervised by a staff member of one of the Departments involved in the ResMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations programme possessing the appropriate expertise in the field addressed in the thesis. Formally, the supervisor is appointed by the Board of Examiners. Students must fill out a form to request the Board of Examiners to appoint a supervisor. In this form they may indicate their preferred supervisor(s). Students can download the form the programme website or ask the coordinator of studies for a copy.
The official regulations regarding the thesis of the Research master are available as attachments to the Teaching and Examination Regulations.
For students planning to graduate in August, the deadline for handing in the final version of their MA thesis is the 14th of August, after which the first reader (in general the supervisor) and the second reader can assess it. This allows for sufficient time to officially graduate on 31 August (ceremony in October).
For students planning to graduate in January, the deadline for handing in the final version of their MA thesis is the 13th of January, after which the first reader (in general the supervisor) and the second reader can assess it. This allows for sufficient time to officially graduate on 31 January (ceremony in March).
Students are advised to discuss the actual time path with their supervisor as early as possible. Supervisors may have plans for research and may not always be available during the periods when no classes are taught.
Mode of instruction
The thesis for the Research MA programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations contains a maximum of 25,000 words including notes, bibliography and appendices.
Please put the following information on the cover/title page of the thesis:
Title (and subtitle)
Name and student number
Name of supervisor(s)
Research Master Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations
Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University
Students are required to submit their Research MA Thesis via Turnitin in order to check the Thesis for plagiarism. Therefore, we ask our students, when you hand in the paper versions to your supervisor, also to upload your final version via Turnitin on Blackboard (code: 5864VMA-0000FGW).
For questions concerning this component of the programme please contact the coordinators of studies, Mrs. J.K. (Joëlle) Koning MA
Students have to upload the MA Thesis in the Student Repository after grading. The repository forms an independent part of the Leiden Repository and offers an online archive that makes Leiden University student Thesis easily searchable and publicly available (if desired). Students have to fill in the form of consent for the publication of a thesis and hand the form in at the Huizinga student administration.