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Study programme

Archaeology of Northwestern Europe

Programme overview

The programme offers two specialisations:

  • Globalisation and Interconnectivity in the Late Prehistoric and Roman period
  • The Medieval and Early Modern World

Each specialisation comprises three specialised core courses and two shared archaeology courses (Cutting Edge in Archaeology and Archaeology and Society). An elective can be chosen from a wide range of Master’s programmes, including archaeology, heritage and history. Each student must either do a research tutorial or an internship, as well as complete an individual Master’s thesis.

You also have the opportunity to develop an individual programme which combines courses from other ACASA Master’s programmes. A proposal for such an individual programme must be approved by the programme’s examination board.

Master’s specialisations

Globalisation and Interconnectivity in Late Prehistoric and Roman Europe

This specialisation explores the integration of Celtic and Germanic societies of the Iron Age into the Roman Empire. It combines results from recent fieldwork and material culture studies with recent debates about regionality, globalisation, and interconnectivity.

The Medieval and Early Modern World

This specialisation explores the roots of modern Europe and the transition from the medieval world to the early modern world. The results of recent fieldwork are combined with current debates about the growth of global trade, migration, colonialism, and globalisation.

Programme structure

The Master's programme in Archaeology of Northwestern Europe comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 18 credits for Core courses
  • 12 credits for shared courses
  •   6 credits for Electives
  •   6 credits for Tutorial
  • 18 credits for a Master’s thesis

Core courses

Specialisation: Globalisation and Interconnectivity in Late Prehistoric and Roman Europe

  • Approaches to the Late Iron Age and Roman Countryside
  • Money in the ancient World
  • Ceramics in Archaeology

Specialisation: the medieval and Early Modern World

  • From Feudalism to Capitalism
  • Archaeology of Global Amsterdam
  • Biography of Landscapes

Shared courses

  • Cutting edge in Archaeology: Archaeology of conflict
  • Archaeology and Society


As one of the ACASA programmes, the Master’s in Archaeology of Northwestern Europe allows you to choose from a wide range of courses in archaeology, or in related fields such as heritage studies, history, ancient studies or classics.


The Archaeology of Northwestern Europe programme includes an individual tutorial in which you can either conduct your own archaeological research, head out to the field for fieldwork or do an internship at a museum or heritage institution.


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of an academic staff member involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser. 


Students are encouraged to make use of our extensive contacts with municipal and commercial archaeological services in the Netherlands and beyond to devise a personal archaeological internship programme. For more information about available internships and the experiences of other student interns, see:

Internships (Current students website)

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, please see:

UvA Course Catalogue: Archaeology of Northwestern Europe

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research programme. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their research programme degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.

Please follow the link below to the Archaeology Research Master's programmes of UvA and VU:

Heritage, Memory and Archaeology (Research)

Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research)