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Archaeology (MA/MSc)

Studying archaeology at Leiden University is all about studying societies and cultures from the past, trying to reconstruct them and bring them back to life. You’ll be applying your interest in the past to make a meaningful contribution to resolving present-day societal issues, such as migration, globalisation and climate change.

Fieldwork in the Caribbean: A student's impression

Leiden's Faculty of Archaeology

Leiden University’s master’s degree in archaeology offers the most diverse programme of its type in the Netherlands. What’s more, in Leiden we also have the only independent Faculty of Archaeology in the country. Our Archaeology master offers various regional and thematic specialisations, with the teaching programme being closely linked to on-going research.

To say our academic staff are hands-on would definitely be an understatement. They are involved in research projects all over the world, with a strong focus on field research.
Additionally, our programme emphasises ecology and geology, combined with iconology and historical studies, as well as ethno-archaeological, anthropological and experimental approaches. By joining modern museum practices and developments in archaeological heritage management we’ll broaden your scope even further.

Choosing archaeology at Leiden University

There are many reasons to follow an Archaeology master’s degree at Leiden University. To name a few:

  • Choose from challenging regional and thematic specialisations.
  • Study in a faculty that ranks in the top 10 worldwide in academic reputation and research impact (March 2017 QS World University Ranking by subject).
  • Benefit from the tuition and support of our outstanding international faculty staff, whose members are involved in projects all over the world, with a strong emphasis on field archaeology.
  • Work with top researchers and benefit from the strong connection between our current research projects and our curriculum.

Multidisciplinary focus

Our specialisations give you in-depth knowledge of the discipline in question. At the same time you are able to take part in on-going debates about general theory, the development of new methods, and the use of information technology.

Our teaching is multidisciplinary. We draw on theories, methods and techniques from the humanities, social sciences and other sciences. Moreover, looking at the material from an ecologist's viewpoint, or from the perspective of a geologist or anthropologist, adds substantial value to your studies and research.

Master of Arts or Master of Science

If you specialise in Archaeological Science you’ll receive a Master of Science degree in Archaeology. If you specialise in World Archaeology or Heritage and Museum Studies, you’ll receive a Master of Arts degree in Archaeology.