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About the programme
Language: Danish  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)


This programme is only offered in Danish.

The cradle of civilisation

Ancient Greece is the cradle of western civilisation and culture, and Rome, the centre of the Roman Empire, is the city that has dominated and influenced European culture for the longest period of time. Knowledge of Greek and Latin languages, culture and history therefore helps you understand modern democratic societies.

As a Classical Philology graduate, you acquire in-depth knowledge of both Classical Greek and Latin and read classical works by authors such as Plato, Homer and Cicero in the original language. You learn to communicate your academic knowledge both verbally and in writing to different target groups and gain insight into rhetorical and linguistic tools.

Build on your Bachelor’s degree

During your Bachelor’s degree programme, you pursued your interest in the Greek and Latin languages and the history of ancient Greece and Rome. As a Master’s degree student of Classical Philology, you work with everything ranging from Greek and Latin language and literature, ancient philosophy, and political and social history to mythology and the history of religions. You acquire in-depth knowledge of the importance of ancient literature and civilisation for later periods in European history. Your knowledge of the two languages is further developed and you acquire a good understanding of their differences and similarities and compare them with modern European languages. You read the Greek and Latin literary works that are the foundation for modern poetry, drama and history writing, and you acquire thorough insight into Greek and Latin history, culture and society.

Read the classics

Greek and Roman culture and literature are still popular today. As part of your degree programme, you study the words of Homer, Euripides, Plato, Cicero, Vergil and Seneca and follow the gradual development of our way of thinking and understanding the world and ourselves. Once you master Latin, you have access not only to the worlds and thoughts of the Roman Empire and Antiquity but also to those of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Many career paths

A Master’s degree in Classical Philology opens the doors to a career in many different areas, and by choosing from the different degree profiles available you can target your degree towards the industry in which you would like to work upon completion of your degree. You can become a teacher at upper secondary school, folk high schools or within continuing education, or you can become a cultural communicator at museums or in the travel industry. Your skills in rhetoric and communication qualify you for work in the communication and information industries.

Admission requirements

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in Classical Languages (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA.

The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:



In the following graphical presentation of the subject Classical Philology you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions. You can see a graphical presentation of the subjects Greek and Latin by clicking on the link above.

Student life

Classical Philology is one of the small subjects at Aarhus University, which means that the environment is close and personal.

The teaching is generally a combination of lectures and discussions between the teacher and the students. There is also plenty of opportunity to meet fellow students in both study-related and social contexts.

The Social Committee for Classical Philology students is called Utile Dulci. It organises film evenings, lectures, Friday bars, celebrations and special ‘long reading days’ – one afternoon per week, where you drink coffee, eat cake and chat.

The Student Committee is for those who think there should be more to studying than lessons, reading and exams and wish to get involved with the academic, social and political life at the university.

The electronic journal Agora, which is published twice each semester with contributions from both teachers and students, is the place to test your communication skills.

The Mobile University where university students teach at upper secondary school gives you an opportunity to test your teaching skills.

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The following are the three most common jobs for graduates of Classical Philology:

Upper secondary school teacher. Most graduates of Classical Philology find work at upper secondary schools as teachers of Latin, Greek or Classical Studies.

Researcher. As a result of the new 4+4 PhD scholarships, where you apply for a PhD scholarship in the fourth year of your degree programme, more graduates of Classical Philology now complete a PhD degree.

Communication. Graduates of Classical Philology also find work as communication officers, translators, information officers, project coordinators, consultants and Human Resource employees, as their degree programmes have taught them to become independent and meticulous and they have learnt to embrace large amounts of material and complex issues In addition, they are also extremely language-conscious.


Competence profile

The Master’s degree in Classical Philology gives you the following competences:

Language and rhetoric. You acquire in-depth knowledge of Greek, Latin or both and knowledge of rhetorics and linguistic tools.

Culture and society in antiquity. The studies give you a broad understanding of Greek and Latin history, material culture and the history of the languages.

Literature. You learn to place Greek and Latin literature in the context of periods, key individuals and key concepts in literary history.

Communication. The degree programme teaches you excellent oral and written communication skills.

Structure and planning. You read a lot and therefore learn to be critical of sources, text books and information. You also learn to work through and explain academic issues.

Career guidance

Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.