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Global Archaeology (MA)

About the programme

Follow your personal interests, and choose from a plethora of focus areas. Will you focus on the deep past of humankind? Or do you prefer to dive into the Roman world? Or would you rather study pre-Columbian America? The choice is up to you!

Programme overview

Regardless of the focus area you choose, you will follow a general course in archaeological theory. Each focus area consists of two lecture series, supplemented with lectures by guest speakers, including international speakers, and elective courses. You will also follow the courses from your Career profile, either centered on a region, period, or archaeological science, supplementing your main focus. Finally, there is room for fieldwork. 

A large part of the programme is intended for writing the thesis. In this thesis, the results of practical investigations are presented, combined with literature studies. 

See for a detailed programme outline the programme structure webpage.

Mike Kneppers

Master's student

Mike Kneppers

'The primary goal of the master’s in Global Archaeology is the preparation of students for an academic career, with a focus on the theoretical side of archaeology, and the training of academic skills, including presenting and writing. The master’s programme offers a multitude of different regions and periods to specialise in and stimulates the pursuit of your own interests with additional elective courses outside of your chosen profile.'

'The small-scale nature of the programme actively encourages contact between students and staff members, with both groups having a diverse international and archaeological background.'

Luc Amkreutz


Luc Amkreutz

'I particularly liked the diversity of courses that was taught, it allowed you to gradually touch upon the different time-periods of prehistory, while at the same time adding other more methodological, theoretical and applied disciplines. The cross-over between these different avenues of research is particularly interesting. Also the inclusion of fieldwork and practical assignments working with material added a valuable dimension.'

Educational methods

Tests are taken in the form of written examinations, presentations, assignments or papers. For each subject you pass you will be awarded a number of credits. One credit (ec) stands for 28 hours of study. One year of fulltime study equals 60 credits.

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars and tutorials. In the lecture the lecturer talks about his or her field. You prepare by studying articles and books at home.

However, most of the teaching in the master programme consists of seminars and tutorials, where you examine the material in more depth and discuss it with your fellow students and the lecturer.

You also carry out assignments, give presentations and write papers. An active contribution to the meetings is highly appreciated.

You are required to spend about 40 hours per week on your studies. These study activities include: lectures/seminars, practical sessions, tutorials, fieldwork, excursions (e.g. to a museum or excavation), exams, literature study, preparing presentations, and writing papers and reports.

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