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Research Master
Heritage, Memory and Archaeology (Archaeology)
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Application and 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

    The application deadline for this selective Master's programme is 1 March 2022. After this date, an initial selection will be made. Only if any places remain available, the deadline may be extended, in which case students with a Dutch or other EU/EER nationality will be able to apply until 15 May 2022.

    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:

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    The Master's programme in Heritage, Memory and Archaeology is open for application to students with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in the humanities or social sciences, with a minimum of 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies) taken in the field of Archaeology or Heritage.

    Student profile

    The Research Master’s in Heritage, Memory and Archaeology is an innovative programme which offers a wealth of opportunities for interdisciplinary research and training. Our internationally recognised team is seeking to recruit ambitious future archaeologists and heritage professionals. If you have the following knowledge, skills, and aspirations, this programme offers a gateway to future success:

    • You have a keen interest in developing your knowledge of archaeology and heritage and have the readiness and curiosity to combine both academic research and practical skills;
    • You are a confident ‘self-starter’ with the ability to conduct research independently and you know how to formulate research questions, collect material, apply theory, and write a thesis;
    • You are enthusiastic, highly motivated and passionate about how archaeology and heritage can make a difference in the contemporary world.

    Hbo-bachelor not eligible

    It is not possible to apply to this programme with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo). We do not offer a preparatory programme (schakelprogramma) for this Master's.

    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. See the English language requirements on the Graduate School of Humanities website.

    Selection procedure

    Heritage, Memory and Archaeology is a research programme, which means that it is meant for students with strong academic interests. Because of the limited number of places available,  prospective students are subject to a selection process. We will compare your file to that of other applicants. Distinguish yourself with solid basic academic knowledge in the field of study, sufficient test scores and a convincing and enthusiastic motivation.

    Grade average

    If you wish to apply for a Research Master's programme, you are expected to have obtained at least the following grade average:

    • A/3.6 (American system)
    • 2.1 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system)
    • B (ECTS-system), or 
    • 7.5 (Dutch system)

    If you obtained a  lower grade averages you can  apply, particularly if you  obtained a sufficient grade average for the courses related to the research master’s programme and/or courses taken in the advanced phase of your prior education. Please include an explanation in your Motivation form.

    If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements, you are advised to get in touch with the programme coordinator before applying.

  • 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

    motivation form (PDF), a CV/resume, a programme-specific document (see below)and proof of English language proficiency. 

    Programme-specific documents
    As a programme-specific document, you are asked to upload a sample of recent written work in MyInfo. What is the difference between archaeology and heritage? And how do these disciplines inform contemporary politics and culture? Discuss these questions, giving examples, in around 1000 words + references (in English).

    Please collect and prepare all necessary documents before starting your application. You can find detailed information and guidelines on the Graduate School of Humanities website:

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: