1 Jahre
Please check the application website of Archaeology:
2083.00 € / Jahr
Application deadline: 15 June (September intake); 1 December (February intake)
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Join our versatile programme: combine ecology and geology with iconology and historical studies; broaden your scope further by exploring modern museum practices and archaeological heritage management.

Archaeology at Leiden University

  • lets you choose from a wide variety of challenging regional and thematic specialisations.
  • gives you a solid basis for a national or international career in archaeology, heritage management, heritage policy or within the museum world.
  • has earned a place in the top of archaeology research and teaching institutes in the world.
  • hosts enthusiastic students and staff who form a dynamic international research community, active all around the world.
  • offers teaching that is strongly linked to our research, so you do not only hear about our research in the classroom, but also participate in it.

Depending on the specialisation you choose, you will follow a general course on archaeological theory or scientific methodology. Each specialisation consists of two lecture series, supplemented with lectures by guest speakers, including international speakers, and laboratory or fieldwork. You will choose two focus areas, centered on a region, period or technique. Finally, there is room for fieldwork, and elective courses.


  • Applied Archeology (starts only in September)
  • Archaeological Science
  • Global Archeology
  • Heritage and Museum Studies

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

Job and Career prospects

The last few years have witnessed a favourable development in the Dutch archaeological job market. Funds for carrying out rescue excavations have become available in large building budgets. Employment can therefore chiefly be found in Dutch archaeology on a contract or project basis, either with commercial companies or with (semi-) government institutions. The additional disciplines of the archaeology programme in Leiden also provide a sound basis for finding employment in the Netherlands.

Career opportunities

Positions at university institutes, museums, government agencies, commercial agencies. Career options outside the field of archaeology: journalism, publishing, public relations and positions at international organisations.

Registration process for Archeology

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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