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The Faculty of Archaeology is the only independent faculty for archaeology in the Netherlands. We offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as online courses.

Studying material remains in an international setting

The Faculty of Archaeology provides education and training in the recovery, analysis, and interpretation of the material remains of the human past, including the application of scientific techniques, as well as the study of archaeological heritage.

With a large number of Faculty and graduate students working all over the world and offering specialised programmes in a variety  of topical and technical areas, our Faculty offers an unmatched environment for discussion and debate of practical, methodological, and theoretical matters in archaeology.

Top ten worldwide

The Faculty ranks in the top ten worldwide in academic reputation and research impact (February 2018 QS World University Ranking by subject). More than 60% of first-year Archaeology students in the Netherlands come to Leiden, and these are joined by BA and MA students from across the globe.

Bachelor’s degrees in Archaeology

Our Bachelor's degrees are designed to provide extensive general training in archaeology:

  • learn about a full range of theoretical, analytical and field methods from some of the world's leading archaeological researchers;
  • follow your interests in particular chronological periods, geographical areas or specific fields of study.

Explore our English language bachelor’s programme that prepares you for an international career. If you are a speaker of Dutch, you may want to consider the Dutch language bachelor.

Master’s degrees in Archaeology

Our master’s programmes (MA, MSc as well as Research Master's) in Archaeology train students for careers in archaeology-related fields, preparing students to work in academia, national, provincial and local government, commercial companies and cultural resource management. Explore a truly unique choice of challenging regional and thematic specialisations.

A degree from our archaeology graduate school can lead to a career in field archaeology, teaching at universities, a PhD position, curating in museums, or work in a laboratory.

Discover our programmes:

Follow one of our online courses

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are becoming a major part of academic education.  MOOCs are free and available online for anyone with access to the internet. This form of open education is a great way to get introduced to and prepare for the study of archaeology at our faculty.

We currently have two active MOOCS:

Honours track

For excellent students, we offer the Honours track Crossing the borders in World Archaeology, giving them a head start in developing certain skills, such as learning how to discuss and how to conduct critical research, as well as the opportunity to build up a professional network.


Studying Archaeology in Leiden means that you can join archaeological fieldworks all over the world. You may, for example, participate in projects in France or Jordan. Are you interested in participating in a fieldwork project? Please contact fieldwork co-ordinator.

PhD Graduate School

The Faculty of Archaeology offers a dynamic research environment for PhD researchers. The PhD Graduate School of Archaeology is ‘home’ to all Faculty PhD students, organising PhD meetings annually, and monitoring the PhD track: training programme, supervision, and progress in research.

Close-knit community

We offer students a splendid opportunity to work closely with staff in field study, in the laboratory, and in the classroom, developing professional expertise. While Leiden University is an enormous institution with vast resources, the Faculty of Archaeology is a compact entity in which archaeology graduate students and Faculty members of staff interact, formally and informally, on a daily basis.

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