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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

The research master's programme is an advanced two-year postgraduate programme with an even higher research component than the Master’s programme, and provides excellent scope for individual student initiative.

The Research Master programme in Archaeology focuses on the research areas that are strongly represented in Leiden. The heart of the programme is organised around the excellent research with which Leiden has made a name for itself internationally.

Together with the supervisor of your choice, you build your programme, ensuring a tailor-made one-on-one research trajectory. The courses are primarily from the Faculty's programmes, but you are also encouraged to take courses at related (international) institutes.

See the detailed programme structure.

Simone Reurings

Research master's student

Simone Reurings

'What I like most about the programme is the amount of independency it offers. There is a lot of space within the research master's programme to develop your own preferred skills. The research seminars especially allowed me to be part of a small research group and let me experience how it is to work on an actual research project along with my peers. This programme also allowed me to develop my teaching skills since I was required to serve as a Teaching Assistant and was involved in assisting several BA courses to gain some firsthand experience with courses from a teaching perspective.'

Lysanne Michels

Research master's student

Lysanne Michels

'The research master’s allows for not only more time and possibilities for your thesis, but also more freedom to design your custom-made curriculum. This gives you the opportunity to follow your own interest and in my case even study abroad. It also requires you, by being a teaching assistant, to help others while enthusiastically talking about what you find most interesting.'


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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