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Archaeology (Research MA)

About the programme

The research master’s Archaeology is a two-year programme designed for talented students pursuing an academic career in archaeology.

Tailor-made, one-on-one research trajectory

This programme guides you into becoming an independent, articulate and critical researcher and adequately trained member of the international research community.
We offer a flexible programme with a clear research learning outcome, a personalised course plan, and thesis research.

Your research is linked to one of the Faculty’s research profiles, and is assigned to a thesis supervisor from your chosen research track, ensuring a tailor-made one-on-one research trajectory.
The courses should be taken from the Faculty’s programmes, but you are also
encouraged to take courses at related (international) institutes.


The research learning line starts with an introductory course, followed by the research seminar throughout the programme and finally resulting in the thesis, thus embodying our concept of research-driven education. Students gain solid research skills while studying the methodological, theoretical and academic-philosophical aspects of the research focus of choice.


The development of important professional and transferable skills, for instance with regards to publication of their research outcomes is integrated in the courses and assignments, using innovative learning methods. Furthermore the students are stimulated to present themselves at international conferences and interact with PhD’s, postdocs and other research professionals within the international academic community.

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