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Archaeology (Research MA)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Archaelogy (research) at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

General diploma requirements

  • You are in possession of qualities in the areas of knowledge, understanding and skills which should have been acquired by the end of (one of) the bachelor’s programme Archaeology at Leiden University; ór
  • You have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a research university, of can prove that you fulfil the requirements of such a degree; 
  • Overall average grade of min. 7.5 (Dutch grading system) for BA2 +BA3
  • Bachelor's thesis graded with at least a 8.0 ór a research proposal of excellent quality
  • An RMA-interview ór supporting letter of the supervisor
  • Motivation letter

Please note: We ask all students, including Leiden University and Leiden University Archaeology students to apply for both the MA and RMA, to guarantee you a place in the MA in case you are rejected for the RMA.

It is not possible to be admitted to the RMA/RMSc Archaeology through a pre-master or bridging programme. Apply for the MA/MSc instead.

Language requirements

Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, every bandscore needs to be sufficient (6.0) / TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE), with minimum grade 185).

For detailed information, including exemption criteria and methods of submission, refer to English language proficiency.

English tests accepted
Results may not be more than two years old! 

  • IELTS: academic modules only 
  • TOEFL: internet based
    • We do not accept TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined). The sufficient score must be obtained in one individual test. Also not accepted are institutional tests such as ITP.
    • We are still awaiting a decision on whether Dutch universities can accept the TOEFL Special Home Edition™  for admission to the academic year 2021-2022. This information will be updated as soon as we know more.
  • Cambridge English Exam C2 Proficiency or C1 Advanced, depending on admission criteria

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.

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