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Archaeology (Research MA)

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.

  • 37.0 % Consultancy Archaeology / Public space-Environment-Soil
  • 29.0 % Goverment / Heritage-Land Management-Environment
  • 22.0 % Research
  • 4.0 % Public interest group
  • 2.0 % Education
  • 2.0 % Art and culture
  • 2.0 % NGO (Non-governmental organisation)
  • 2.0 % Others like Industry / Communications

Broad array of skills

The broad array of skills that you will acquire as an archaeologist will make you an attractive target for a wide range of employers. These skills will equip you for a variety of positions in the Netherlands or abroad, in government or in business. They will also make you an objective, critical and, above all, articulate and creative thinker. Creative thinkers have the ability to draw logical and accurate conclusions from incomplete information, and to come up with practical and original solutions. This ability will make you a great fit with many different professions.

Stepping-stone to the job market

Your archaeology master’s can be a stepping-stone up to a career in almost every sector of the job market. Many of our archaeology graduates work in areas that include public services, the government, NGOs, research institutes, museums, business services, communications, education, advisory work, policy development, management, coordination services, publishing and information services.

Outside the specific field of archaeology, you’ll discover that opportunities can present themselves in journalism, publishing, public relations, international organisations or public service in general. It’s the winning combination of practical knowledge and academic skills that fuels employers’ demand for Leiden University’s archaeology graduates.

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