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Applied Archaeology (MA)

Admission requirements

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

General diploma requirements

A bachelor’s degree in Archaeology from a university, equivalent in knowledge, understanding and skills to the level of the BA Archaeology degree at Leiden University.

  • Overall Average grade of 6.0 (Dutch grading system) for BA2 +BA3 
  • Proven prior knowledge of the chosen specialisation / region
  • A letter of motivation of max. 500 words which shows:
    - you understand what the chosen specialisation entails;
    - you can indicate the relevance of your previous education and experience to the chosen specialisation.

Admission requirements for Saxion students

For start date September 1, 2021: Students of the Dutch Saxion Hogeschool, BSc-program Archaeology will meet these requirements if they finished:

  • An academic minor and the SPOC Academic Skills OR
  • Have an average of 7.0 in the BA2 and 3 ánd followed the SPOC Academic Skills OR
  • Their graduation project is graded with a 8.0 and they have followed the SPOC Academic Skills

Applicants who have a bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, but with a lack of specific archaeological knowledge or skills which can be obtained within max 1 year, will be admitted to the master after completing a pre-master's programme of max. 60 credits in the time set for the programme.

You will be asked to hand in the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Movitation letter
  • Two reference letters

Register via Studielink, then opt for the Bachelor higher year. In the uSis online portal to which you are redirected, you will be able to choose the pre-master option.

For more information about the pre-master's programme see the e-Prospectus or contact the pre-master coordinator: admission@arch.leidenuniv.nl

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 C, or CPE/CAE 185 score).

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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