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Heritage and Museum Studies (MA)

Admission requirements

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

Master’s admissions: exceptional circumstance

The University is providing an option for third-year bachelor’s students who have encountered a study delay because of the corona measures and wish to begin a master’s programme in the 2020-2021 academic year. For the master’s programme in Archaeology this means that you will be allowed to complete your bachelor’s programme during the 2020-2021 academic year and will already be allowed to begin your master’s programme on 1 September 2020.

You will have to have completed your bachelor’s programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest. The following additional conditions apply: you will need to have accumulated 160 EC worth of bachelor’s courses by 1 September 2020. We expect that the missing 20 EC are the credits for theses that are dependant of on-campus labwork or material analysis, and internship/fieldwork projects which could not be completed due to the corona- outbreak. All other students are advised to start in February. 

  • Enrol on and request admission to both programmes: 
  1. Fill in this form before 15 June.
  2. Register for the master’s programme in Studielink
  3. Request admission in uSis before 15 June 
  4. Re-enrol for the bachelor’s or pre-master’s programme before 1 September for a maximum of one month. 
  • Your master’s enrolment will be definitive as of 1 September 2020 on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme before 31 August 2021 at the latest; otherwise your master’s enrolment will be cancelled. 
  • You pay only one tuition fee, so you only pay for your master’s programme. This is on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest and have de-registered for this programme. If your master’s enrolment is cancelled, you pay the tuition fee for continuing the bachelor’s programme. If you are following a bachelor’s programme at another institution, you can request proof of tuition fee payment (bewijs betaald collegegeld) so that you will not have to pay the tuition fee.

If you have any questions about admissions and enrolment, please use the online contact form for the Student Affairs Front Office, using ‘Admission request’ as the subject.

If you have any questions about the programme itself, or need advice, please contact Corijanne Slappendel, study adviser for the programme.

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.

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 about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.

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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