Ancient History (MA)

"Know the the crossroads, the ups, mistakes and downs of four thousand years of human history."

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Admission to Master's degree programmes in 2020/2021 (beginning: Autumn 2020)
Submission deadline until midnight 30 Apr 2020

What will you learn?

The Master’s degree study programme in Ancient History offers a deepening study of the history of the ancient world, namely of the area of the Near East, India, China, ancient Greece and Rome. It enlarges the student’s capacity to understand different developmental stages of the oldest history of humankind and its characteristics, to seek out analogies and differences between individual civilization areas and draw general conclusions on ancient development from them. Greater attention is paid to the methodology of research of ancient history and to the work with historical sources in the original, if possible. Besides further linguistic training (Latin, ancient Greek, Akkadian, Sumerian), the widening study of selected auxiliary disciplines of ancient history (papyrology, epigraphy, numismatics) and the methodological introduction coupled with the basics of textual criticism help students in advanced reading of sources. The emphasis is put on practicing the student's skills of interpreting various kinds of ancient sources.

Some courses are conceived as cross-sectional thematic units in order to allow orientation across history (e. g. sacral kingship, position of the ruler in ancient states generally, ethics of ancient civilizations, comparing ancient legal systems etc.).

The students are trained to understand broader context of historical processes, to formulate independently issues pertaining to ancient history and to make independent methodological approaches in solving the issues; courses with interactive form of teaching (e. g. the students specify or define various terms of ancient history in discussion with the teacher) serve that purpose; they are trained to be capable of professional work in their field and of conducting a scientific debate.

The Master's degree programme presents also a possible entry to doctoral studies of Ancient History.

Practical training

No information available

Further information

Career opportunities

The graduates of Master's degree programme in Ancient History can find jobs in education, including the further education of teachers; in public and state service; in diplomatic service; in the cultural sphere (museums, galleries, libraries, archives, and the education of young people in various interest groups); in tourism; in publishing houses of books and scholarly journals; as consultants for films and other artistic works with ancient history as the theme, as translation consultants on ancient historical works or as translators and commentators of ancient literary works.


1 January –
30 April 2020
Deadline for applications

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Study options

Single-subject studies

Students have a pre-defined list of required courses, which are supplemented with selective and elective courses. The student pays full attention to the single field of study chosen.

Combined studies

In this type of studies, the students focus on the main degree programme (120 credits) supplemented with another, minor, programme (60 credits). The student enrols in the degree programme in which he/she majors. Both the programmes are stated in the university diploma. You will find possible combinations on the websites of individual degree programmes.

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration


An example of your study plan:

Single-subject studies

Combined studies

Follow-up studies

After completion of the Master's studies of Ancient History the graduate can continue in a doctoral degree programme (after satisfying the admission requirements), e. g. History, Archaeology etc. Preferably there is the possibility of the ensuing doctoral degree programme in Ancient History.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Follow-up master's
Mode full-time Yes
combined No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies Yes
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction Czech
Minimum score and numbers of accepted applicants in past years

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Mgr. et Mgr. Markéta Melounová, Ph.D.