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Global Archaeology (MA)

Required documents

When you apply for admission, you’ll be asked to submit several documents.

Note: If you have a Dutch diploma that grants direct admission, you will generally not be asked to submit additional documents.


Required application documents

You’ll need to submit the following documents:

Please upload a copy of the page(s) in your passport containing your personal details and photograph. If you are from the EU/EEA, you can submit a copy of your identity card instead. Please upload copies of both sides.

If you are a non-EU/EEA national already living in the Netherlands, upload copies of both sides of your Dutch residence permit.

Your CV (curriculum vitae) must be written in English and should contain your basic personal data, as well as a clear overview of your educational and professional history to date.

You can apply for admission before receiving the results of your English language test. However, a sufficient result will then be a condition of your eventual admission. Of course, if you already have your English language test results, you can upload them directly.

  • Digital copies of diplomas and transcripts are initially required. Once you have been admitted, we will inform you how to submit certified copies.
  • The documents must be in the original language. If they are not in English, Dutch, German or French, they must be accompanied by official translations into one of these languages.
  • If you have not yet completed your current programme, state your expected graduation date and submit copies of all transcripts obtained to date plus an official list of subjects still to be completed.

Additional documents for this programme

If in doubt, the Admissions Committee can require additionally an academic paper or writing sample from earlier work of ca. 1500 words on a subject related to your chosen specialisation, in which the applicant shows that they possess a sufficient level of knowledge, understanding and skills comparable to graduates from the BA programme in Archaeology at Leiden University. By following the online course Academic Skills for Archaeologists (access code FIMQ-QFPH) you will learn how to write an essay conform our standards. The final assignment for this module is an essay which you can also use to submit with your application.

The essay or writing sample is not obligatory, but we advise you to include it in your application.

The essay contains the following:

  1. Introduction of topic and research questions
  2. Data (case studies, examples)
  3. Discussion
  4. Conclusions

It will be assessed conform these requirements

Application form with your choices for the programme. 

Please see the prospectus for more detailed information on the programme.

Please include two letters of recommendation (at least one from an academic staff member). 
Your referee needs to write a letter in which he/she describes your skills and qualities in order to convince the department to admit you.

Please include 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.
  • Letters of recommendation must be written on letterhead paper, signed and (for verification purposes) they must bear the full contact details of the applicable referee.
  • Your referee should describe your skills, qualities and competencies.

Option 1. Uploading the letter yourself
You can upload the letter(s) of recommendation in the online application portal (uSis).

Option 2. Sent by your referee
Your referee can send the letter directly to the university, as follows:

1. Your referee must clearly state your name and application number in the letter.
2. He or she should send the letter to us, either: 

  • digitally, by uploading the letter in our contact form
  • by posting it to:

Leiden University Admissions Office
“Gravensteen” Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden, the Netherlands

3. Complete this form and upload it in the online application system (uSis), instead of your letter of recommendation.

>> Go to the next step: Step 4: Start your application

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