Archaeology (Research)

2 Jahre

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2083.00 € / Jahr

Application deadline:

  • EU/EEA students: 15 June (September intake); 1 December (February intake)
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April (September intake); 15 October (February intake)
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Information about the programme Archaeology Research

The two-year master's programme in Archaeology (research) is organised around the excellent research for which Leiden has reached international renown. There are 7 different focus areas, centred on the research projects that reflect the broad spectrum of research undertaken within the Faculty:

  • Human Origins
  • Prehistoric Farming Communities in Europe
  • Town and Country in the Mediterranean Region and the Near East
  • Religion and Society in Native American Cultures
  • Archaeological Heritage in a Globalising World
  • The Transformation of the Roman World
  • Bioarchaeology

The courses aim to intensify and broaden the students' knowledge base and to develop research and publication skills. You are encouraged to visit conferences, contribute to workshops and to take courses outside the department.

The research master's programme forms an excellent preparation for an academic career in archaeology. Graduates are also eligible for archaeological functions at consultancies or in public service. Graduates may also find employment in positions not directly or indirectly related to their field: journalism, publishing, public relations and international organisations. 

Curriculum and Overview

The development of important professional and transferable skills, for instance with regards to publication of your research outcomes is integrated in the courses and assignments, using innovative learning methods.

Every research master's student will start with an introductory course in Advanced Archaeological Theory. You will also earn credits by participating in conferences, lecture series, thematic workshops, multi- and interdisciplinary courses at ARCHON, the Dutch research school of Archaeology. Finally, you will gain your first teaching experience by active assistance in the undergraduate World Archaeology course.

Your second year will focus on your RMA thesis, the final masterpiece that shows you can write, plan and execute an innovative academic research project that may serve as a basis for ongoing PhD research. Next to this, you will follow the course Epistemology of Archaeology, focusing on presuppositions, research, and debates regarding violence and conflict.

For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e-Prospectus:

Job and Career prospects

Open up a world of opportunities with your master's degree in Archaeology from Leiden University! The broad array of skills that you will acquire as an archaeologist will make you an attractive target for a wide range of employers. These skills will equip you for a variety of positions in the Netherlands or abroad, in government or in business. They will also make you an objective, critical and, above all, articulate and creative thinker.

Creative thinkers have the ability to draw logical and accurate conclusions from incomplete information, and to come up with practical and original solutions. This ability will make you a great fit with many different professions.

Your archaeology master's can be a stepping-stone up to a career in almost every sector of the job market. It is the winning combination of practical knowledge and academic skills that fuels employers' demand for Leiden University's archaeology graduates.

Career opportunities

Research positions at university institutes, consultancies or in public service, museums, government, provincial and local authority agencies. Other options include journalism, publishing, public relations and positions at international organisations.

Registration process for Archaeology

Do you want to apply for the master’s programme at Leiden University? Find out how to apply by following the step-by step guide:

About Leiden University

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you.

We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!


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