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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 will apply your interest in the past to make a meaningful contribution to resolving present-day societal issues, such as migration, globalisation and climate change.

Master’s admissions: exceptional circumstance

The University is providing an option for third-year bachelor’s students who have encountered a study delay because of the corona measures and wish to begin a master’s programme in the 2020-2021 academic year. For the master’s programme in Archaeology this means that you will be allowed to complete your bachelor’s programme during the 2020-2021 academic year and will already be allowed to begin your master’s programme on 1 September 2020.

More information can be found on the Admission and Application pages of the specialisation of your choice.

Do the 360 Tour of the Faculty of Archaeology

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The Archaeology programme at Leiden University

  • gives you a solid basis for a national or international career in archaeology, heritage management, heritage policy or within the museum world.
  • provides you with a variety of regional expertise on Europe, the Near East, the Mediterranean, and the Americas
  • 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.

Choosing archaeology at Leiden University

  • Choose from a wide variety of challenging regional and thematic specialisations.
  • Study in a faculty that ranks in the top 10 worldwide in academic reputation and research impact (February 2019 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.
  • Gain a multidisciplinary focus by drawing on theories, methods and techniques from the humanities, social sciences, and other sciences. Add substantial value to your research by adopting the perspective of the ecologist, anthropologist, and geologist.

Fieldwork in the Caribbean: A student's impression

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Master of Arts or Master of Science

If you specialise in Archaeological Science or choose the related Career Profile in Applied Archaeology 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.

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