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World Archaeology (BA)

After graduation

With a lot of theoretical knowledge, practical experience, and your bachelor's degree in the pocket, you are ready for the next step: either entering the archaeological job market or continuing your studies.

Jan Dekker

Bachelor's student

Jan Dekker

'The plan is to follow a research master's in Leiden, possibly with a year on exchange. Then hopefully a PhD, but that will come later.'

Mariƫlle Portier

Bachelor's student

Mariƫlle Portier

'After getting my bachelor's degree I would like to do another master and then do fieldwork. I would really like to join excavations in America or Great Britain. In addition, I would also find it interesting to participate in the making of archaeological documentaries or photo series.'

What are your skills with your bachelor's degree?

After three years of study, you have all the required knowledge of various materials, and you know about the possibilities of archaeometric and related techniques. You have the theoretical background needed to analyse your observations and hypotheses. Also, you are capable of reporting about your research. And you are well aware of the ethical aspects that are involved in working with cultural heritage.

Your career prospects

Where our alumni are employed after their studies depends on their chosen specialisations, personal interests and skills. Therefore it is extremely important to start thinking about your future well ahead of graduation. Do you want to continue your studies? Generally, a completed master's degree gives you a higher chance of an (academic) job, but with a bachelor's degree you can enter the archaeological job market as well.

Career advice

Leiden University provides extensive support to students who are venturing on the job market. For those who are looking for career advice, Career Service organises workshops on career orientation, writing application letters, doing job interviews, and taking assessments.

Read more about career advice at Career Service

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