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Masters in Archaeology: Archaeology of North Western Europe

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
September 2019
Application deadline: 01 June 2019
2,083 EUR
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Program description

Study a Masters in Archaeology of North Western Europe

This masters covers over 3000 years of West European archaeology. The University of Amsterdam specializes in the archaeology of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era. VU Amsterdam concentrates on late prehistory and Roman times in Western Europe, with a special focus on Dutch archaeology.

The masters program covers such topics as settlement archaeology, archaeology of cult sites, archaeology of gravesites, integration processes in the Roman Empire, and research into city centers and material culture studies.

Structure of the program

Within the Archaeology of North Western Europe track, there are two fields of interests:

  • Late Prehistory and Roman Archaeology of North Western Europe explores the Celtic/Germanic societies of North Western Europe during the late Iron Age, and their eventual integration into the Roman Empire.
  • Medieval and Early Modern Archaeology focuses on the origins and development of cities (especially Amsterdam), developments in landscape, settlement and agrarian strategies in various Dutch landscapes.

You will take both compulsory and choose two electives. Your fieldwork skills at one of ACASA’s current research locations in the Netherlands or elsewhere in western Europe. You can also write a ‘protocol book’ based on an internship in the field (max 12 credits). In the second semester, you will conduct research for your Master’s thesis supervised by two of the program’s staff.

Admission requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in Archaeology from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.
  • Motivation, background and personality (motivation letter, CV and personal reference)
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in English.

Tuition fees

The cost of this program for students of EU/EEA countries is €2,060.


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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880 . The university offers over 120 English taught programs at Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral level. Students and staff of 84 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The...

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De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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