Archaeology of Northwestern Europe (Archaeology)

In this Master’s in Archaeology, you will investigate over 2,000 years of European History and specialise in one of two key European eras: Late Prehistoric and Roman archaeology or the archaeology of the Medieval and Early Modern World.

Archaeology of Northwestern Europe

The programme offers you the rare opportunity to investigate more than two millennia of European archaeology through the study of landscapes, material culture and documentary sources. Combining theoretical and thematic approaches, including opportunities practical fieldwork, the programme allows you to specialise in one of two regional archaeological eras.

The specialisation Globalisation and Interconnectivity in Late Prehistoric and Roman Europe explores the integration of Celtic/Germanic societies of the Iron Age into the Roman Empire, while The Medieval and Early Modern World focuses on the origins and developments of medieval trade and exchange, the growth of Amsterdam and the expansion of European capitalism with the colonisation of the New World.

Why study Archaeology in Amsterdam

This Master's in Archaeology offers you:

  • A world-class education: the UvA is ranked highest in the Netherlands and 59th overall in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018;
  • The opportunity to study historical archaeology at a leading research university in Amsterdam, a vibrant European hub with a rich historical and cultural heritage;
  • Hands-on experience in one of our staff research excavation or field survey projects;
  • Close interaction with world-class academics with small class sizes and the opportunity to shape your own programme through personalised internships and tutorials.

Archaeology in Amsterdam

The Master’s programme in Archaeology of Northwestern Europe is one of three Archaeology programmes offered by the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA), a joint venture of the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. ACASA enables you to benefit from the expertise of two universities, and allows you to choose from a wide range of courses, interest fields, and specialisations.

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Degree certificate

Archaeology of Northwestern Europe is an accredited degree programme of Archaeology. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Archaeology and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Degree programme
MA Archaeology
Regular study programme
60 ECTS, 12 months
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