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Archaeology (Research MA)

Admission requirements

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

General diploma requirements

The entry requirements below count for applications for September 2023 and February 2024. For the entry requirements of February 2023, please see the Course and Examination Regulations for 2021-2022.

Holders of one of the following degrees may be admitted to the programme:

  • An academic bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, obtained at a university in the Netherlands.
  • An academic bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, obtained at a university abroad, with comparable level as the bachelor’s programme of the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University.
  • Bachelor’s degree obtained at a university in a related field: Anthropology Geography; Biology; Heritage/Museum Studies; History; Landscape/Ecology; Art History; Architecture provided the student has at least 60 credits belonging to the discipline of archaeology.
  • Bachelor degree in archaeology of a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO), or equivalent, with:
    • The academic minor obtained or:
    • An average of 7.0 in the BA2 and 3 ánd passed the course Archaeological Research Design, ór
    • Graduation project graded with at least an 8.0 ánd passed the course Archaeological Research Design.

See the Course and Examination Regulations for more information.

There is no direct admission to the Research Master's programme in Archaeology. All applicants are required to follow Part 2 of the Application procedure.


  • 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
  • OR: you have finished the first semester of the MA in Archaeology with at least a 7.5 average and you pass the RMA-interview.
  • And: Passed the selection interview in which the research proposal and the motivation of the student is assessed.

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 beforehand. Apply for the MA/MSc or the pre-master programme instead.

When you have completed your pre-master, you can send in your application for the Research Master together with your application for the Master's.

Language requirements

Sufficient command of English

  • IELTS: Academic modules only. Minimum overall score of 7.0 and component scores of 6.0.
  • TOEFL: Minimum overall score of 100 and component scores of 20. Original test results should be sent directly by the Educational Testing Service. The TOEFL institution code for Leiden University is 0504. 
    We are able to accept the TOEFL Special Home Edition™  for admission due to the coronavirus situation. Institutional TOEFL tests are not accepted;
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English/ Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English. Minimum overall score of 185 and component scores of 169. 

Please note: Exam results may not be more than two years old. See also the general language requirements.

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

English tests accepted
Note that English test results may not be more than two years old. The following types of English test are accepted: 

  • IELTS: Academic
    • We do not accept IELTS General Training or IELTS Indicator
    • We are not yet able to accept the new IELTS online.
  • TOEFL: internet based
    • We do not accept the following types of test: TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined), TOEFL Essentials™  or institutional tests such as ITP.
    • We can accept TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition™ or TOEFL IBT Paper Edition™ in the following situations only:
      • You are applying for a programme starting in Feb 2023, or
      • You took the test before 1 Sept 2022 (& it is not more than 2 years old), or
      • You are unable to take an in-person test on location because test centres in your region are closed due to COVID or inaccessible due to unsafe conditions.
  • 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 the USA, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada) Singapore, South-Africa or Malta, 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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