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Global Archaeology (MA)

Admission requirements

If you would like to apply for this programme, you should first check the 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.

You are directly admissible with

  • A bachelor's degree in Archaeology obtained in the Netherlands
  • Knowledge of and skills within the preferred specialisation, shown by having passed a matching specialization course at bachelor level.

You need to apply for admission with

  • A bachelor's degree in one of the following fields: Archaeology, 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 (for example heritage, field archaeology, bioarchaeology, geoarchaeology, material culture, past societies).
  • A completed pre-master’s programme approved by the Board of Admissions.
  • A bachelor's degree in another field and a demonstration of the same level of knowledge in archaeology as stated above.
  • Knowledge of and skills within the preferred specialisation, shown by having passed a matching specialization course at bachelor level.

Please note: you can apply for one specialisation only. If you are interested in another specialisation as your second choice in case you are not admitted to the specialization of your first choice, you can indicate this in the programme application form and/or your motivation letter. If you have already submitted your application, please contact the secretary of the Board of Admissions.

For start date September 1, 2021: Students with a BSc in Archaeology degree obtained at the Dutch Saxion Hogeschool will meet these requirements when they have:

  • An academic minor OR
  • An average of 7.0 in the BA2 and 3 and followed the SPOC Academic Skills or the course Designing Archaeological Research OR
  • Their graduation project graded with a 8.0 and followed the SPOC Academic Skills or the course Designing Archaeological Research
  • Knowledge of and skills within the preferred specialisation, shown by having passed a matching specialization course at bachelor level.

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

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 Prospectus or contact the pre-master coordinator: admission@arch.leidenuniv.nl

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
  • 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 the TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition™  and the TOEFL IBT Paper Edition for admission to the academic years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.
  • 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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