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Master
Archaeology
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Application & admission

We advise that you submit your application as well as the application documents as early as possible, rather than wait until the application deadline. The sooner you enrol, the sooner we will be able to inform you about your enrolment request.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Applicants with a non-EU/EEA nationality
    1 March 2023

    Applicants with a Dutch or other EU/EEA nationality
    15 May 2023

    Please note: if you are an applicant with an EU/EEA nationality and wish to apply for housing, you must submit your application by 1 March.

    If you are interested in a scholarship, you need to apply for both the Master's programme and the scholarship before 15 January. Learn more at:

    Scholarships in the Humanities
  • 2. Check entry requirements

    The Master's programme in Archaeology is open for application to students with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in:

    • Archaeology; or
    • Geo-archaeology, Ancient Studies, Anthropology, History (with demonstrable relationship to Ancient Studies), or a similar degree programme with a minimum of 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies) taken in the field of Archaeology.

    You are expected to have an awareness of basic theoretical notions in Archaeology, Ancient Studies and Heritage Studies.

    Student profile

    As a student in the Master’s programme in Archaeology you are expected to have the following knowledge, insight and skills:

    • You are able to conduct research independently and know how to formulate consistent and functional research questions, collect material, apply theory, and write a thesis.
    • You are familiar with archaeological fieldwork and the historical frameworks of the European and Mediterranean past.
    • You are interested in the multifaceted meanings of archaeological remains in modern society.

    Students who apply for the specialisation Digital Archaeology and Heritage are furthermore expected to have:

    • A keen interest in the application of digital methods and techniques to archaeological and heritage research and presentation.
    • Experience in GIS, 3D modelling and/or handling digital databases.

    Pre-Master's programme

    If you do not meet the entry requirements above, for example if you have a relevant degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) or an equivalent thereof, you may be eligible for admission after completing the pre-Master's programme Archaeology.

    Pre-Master's Archaeology

    For Saxion students

    Dutch students of the HBO programme Archaeology at Saxion University of Applied Sciences (Deventer) are eligible for admission to the Master’s programme Archaeology if they have followed the ‘doorstroomminor’ Archeologie voor Saxion-studenten (30 ECTS) as a part of their Bachelor's. Students from Saxion who wish to follow the ‘doorstroomminor’, need to register as ‘bijvakstudent’ at VU Amsterdam.

    English language requirements

    New Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level. Please check carefully whether you already meet the English language requirements or whether you need to arrange to take an official English language test.

    All about the language requirements
  • 3. Register in Studielink
  • 4. Submit your application form in MyInfo

    After enrolling in Studielink, you will automatically receive an email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline.

    Application fee

    All applicants holding a nationality outside the EU/EEA are required to pay an application fee of €100 per Studielink enrolment before submitting your MyInfo application form. You will find payment instructions on your application form.

    Application documents

    Make sure you are well prepared before you start your application, and you have all necessary documents ready. You are asked to upload the following documents:

    • curriculum vitae;
    • proof of language proficiency (if required, see language requirements);
    • transcript of records, up-to-date and issued by your home institution (if you are already a student at the UvA, a screenshot from SIS is sufficient);
    • diploma (if already obtained)* or list of courses yet to complete;
    • translation of your diploma and transcript of records (if they are not in English, Dutch, German or French);
    • motivation form (PDF).
      Important: the Master’s Archaeology has two separate specialisations. Please indicate on the motivation form which specialisation you intend to pursue. As an answer to question 1, please fill in either ‘Archaeology - specialisation Digital Archaeology and Heritage’ or ‘Archaeology - specialisation European and Mediterranean Archaeology’.

    This programme does not require additional programme-specific documents.

    *Please note: If you have not yet obtained your diploma but are in possession of all other application documents, you may proceed with your application - as long as you obtain your Bachelor's degree before 1 September. If you have a non-Dutch prior education, please bear in mind that you must submit your certified documents before 1 May (non-EEA students) or 1 August (EEA students).

After submitting your application

Once we have received your complete application, it will be evaluated by our Admissions Board. This programme offers rolling admissions, meaning you will receive an admission decision within 10 to 12 weeks. It is therefore advisable to complete your application well before the deadline.

If you are admitted to the programme, you will receive a letter of conditional acceptance. In order to proceed with your enrolment, you must accept this offer at your earliest convenience. Read more about the steps you need to take after (conditional) acceptance on the website of the Graduate School of Humanities: