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Classical Philology

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Degree Level: 
Master's Degree
Teaching Facility: 
Department of Humanities
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Italian Classification: 
LM-15 Filologia, letterature e storia dell'antichità
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Double Degree: 
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Germany)

Course Overview

The master degree in Classical Philology aims to further direct the philological-historical-archaeological curriculum towards literary and historical studies related to the ancient world.

It aims to provide advanced training in the field of Antiquity. At the end, in fact, students will possess a thorough knowledge of classical philology and historical linguistics; of ancient civilization in its entire development from the Greek age to the medieval era; a complete knowledge of ancient, medieval and late-medieval languages and literatures; a mature reflection on the fortune of the classics and on the influence of ancient civilization in the development of modern consciousness.

The master degree course in Classical Philology is open to students with a bachelor degree or other qualification recognized by the degree board. Students are admitted on the basis of their curriculum and previous studies. A B2 level in one European language is required as well as a sound knowledge of classical languages.

The degree course in Classical Philology has also signed a double agreement with the University of Heidelberg for a double degree, which opens up new horizons.

The normal duration of the program in Classical Philology is two years. To achieve the Master Degree students must have acquired 120 credits. The Degree accomplished after passing a final exam, which involves the acquisition of 18 credits and consists of the presentation and public discussion of a thesis of proven scientific value, developed by the student on a topic chosen within the disciplines of the program.

Job Opportunities

The master degree in Classical Philology trains students to become skilled teacher of classical subjects. Graduates will also be able to perform top functions in the cultural and publishing industry; in specific institutions, such as state archives, libraries, archaeological trusts, cultural centres, foundations and the like, both in Italy and abroad.