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MA Archaeology (research)

Leiden University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program Description

MA student

Study an MA in Archaeology at Leiden University

The Research Master’s Programme in Archaeology at Leiden University focuses on the excellent research which has earned the Archaology faculty its international reputation. This advanced two-year programme is aimed towards students interested in top-quality interdisciplinary research projects covering a wide cultural and regional range. As a student, you will gain solid research skills. At the same time, you will also have the chance to study methodological, theoretical and scientific-philosophical aspects of your specialisation of choice.

Latest developments

This Research Master’s in Archaeology is the most diverse in the Netherlands. The programme offers seven regional and thematic specialisations. The faculty staff are involved in projects all over the world, which include field archaeology. This allows students, where relevant, to gain practical experience in archaeological field work. The internationally renowned staff combines in-depth expertise in a specific cultural area with knowledge of the latest developments in archaeological research.

International experience

Within the seven specialisations, courses are aimed at the intensification and broadening of your knowledge base and the development of research and publication skills. As a research master’s student, you will be encouraged and supported to visit international conferences, to contribute to international workshops, and to take courses at related (international) institutions.

Admission requirements

  • A BA in Archaeology with an average final mark of 7.5 over the last two years
  • An 8 or higher for the bachelor’s thesis
  • Proof of English Proficiency IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 575/232/90 evidenced by an appropriate test

*This last requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate, or a Dutch bachelor’s diploma

Degree & diploma

Master of Arts / Master in Science of Archaeology

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With a long and rich history, Leiden University is the oldest in the Netherlands. Students may choose to study from 7 faculties and 3 campuses, watch this video to learn what Leiden can offer you!

Leiden University

Leiden University

Services & Facilities

Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands offering a wide variety of programs. Leiden University is a truly international university, uniting people and knowledge from all corners of the world.  The university is comprised of...

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Location & accommodation

leiden the Netherlands

Leiden, Netherlands

Leiden, the Netherlands

Life in Leiden is greatly influenced by the relatively large number of students, as most of them both live and study in the historic city of Leiden, which has approxomately 120.000 inhabitants. Leiden University does not have a campus, but the city is it’s campus. You will almost always run into someone you know when you go shopping or when you go out at night. Since Leiden is...

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Leiden University

Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

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