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In the Bachelor’s programme Archaeology, you will study past societies – from the Celts and the Romans to the Middle Ages and beyond – and their importance in today’s world. Not only will you research and excavate the material remains of human activity, but you will also learn how this translates to knowledge about earlier cultures.

Archaeology in society

Urban expansion, road building and railway construction: a lot of building takes place across Europe. Before the construction starts, an archaeological survey is always conducted. This is but one of the reasons why there is a need for archaeologists who can lead excavations and interpret the results. The study of Archaeology not only concerns the past, but also the present: as an archaeologist, you reflect critically on the role of archaeological heritage in our society.

Our Bachelor’s programme in Archaeology devotes attention to the study of pottery, glass, metal and other materials, the relationships between humans and landscape, and the presentation of research results in various media. This degree programme is unique in the Netherlands in how it focuses on Europe – from the Mediterranean to Middle and Western Europe, including, of course, the Netherlands and Amsterdam.

30 first year students

Strong sense of community


Theory and practice


Scientific expertise centre of the UvA and VU


Collaboration with institutions

Why study Archaeology at the UvA?  

  • World-class education
    The UvA is ranked 55th in the 2021 QS World Rankings and is one of two Dutch universities in the top 100, and 26th overall and 3rd in Continental Europe in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021: Arts & Humanities.
    This degree programme is offered by the two Amsterdam universities. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) have combined their expertise in the field of Ancient Studies and Archaeology within the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology: ACASA, which houses a strong team of lecturers and researchers and thus provides a stimulating environment for collaboration and study. You will also cooperate with students of Ancient Studies and Classics.
  • Ideal study environment
    As a student, you will profit from the programme’s collaboration with institutions like the municipal archaeological service, museums and foreign institutes in Amsterdam.
  • Fieldwork trips in the Netherlands and abroad
    You get to participate in fieldwork trips both within the Netherlands and abroad, to such places as Italy and Greece. These experiences will help prepare you for the academic and professional world.
  • Personal interest and development
    You can also expect plenty of room for personal development; among others, students also have the chance to play active roles in their lecturers’ ongoing research projects.

After graduation

Obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology from the UvA and VU’s ACASA will prime you for a career in the field of archaeology. Your skills will include conducting archaeological fieldwork, interpreting its results and conveying them to governments, clients and the general public. Graduates can also find work in heritage management or in the cultural sector including museums, journalism, and cultural tourism. 

Facts & Figures
Degree programme BA Archaeology
Mode Full-time
Credits 180 EC ECTS, 36 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 56703
Location University Quarter