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The Master's programme Archaeology of Northwestern Europe comprises three core courses and two shared courses. You can tailor the programme to your own interests by choosing an elective from a wide range of Master’s programmes. Each student must either do a research tutorial or an internship, and complete an individual Master’s thesis.

Programme structure

The programme 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

The programme offers two focus areas from which you can choose:

  • 1. The Late Iron Age and Roman Period

    You will explore 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.

    Core courses

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

  • 2. The Medieval and Early Modern Period

    You will explore 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.

    Core courses

    From Feudalism to Capitalism
    Archaeology of Global Amsterdam
    Biography of Landscapes

Shared courses

Cutting edge in Archaeology: Human Mobility
Archaeology, Heritage and Society


An elective can be chosen from a wide range of courses, in related fields such as archaeology, heritage studies, history, ancient studies or classics.


This Master’s programme includes an individual tutorial, in which you can either conduct your own archaeological research, head out to undertake fieldwork or do an internship at a museum or heritage institution.


You will learn essential skills for doing fieldwork, like analysing, reporting and presenting field data, but also managing and conducting fieldwork. You can develop these skills through a tutorial at one of UvA/VU Amsterdam’s current research locations in the Netherlands and in the Mediterranean, at fieldwork projects in Italy (Satricum and Muro Tenente), Turkey (Troy) and in Greece (Karystos and Halos). Archaeological fieldwork, which takes place in close cooperation with the local archaeological services, consists of excavations, field surveys, remote sensing and landscape analysis.


An important part of the programme, the Master’s thesis enables you to conduct original research under the supervision of one of the staff members. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser.

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, please visit the UvA Course Catalogue.

Switching to a Research Master’s programme

Students who show exceptional promise during a Master’s programme are encouraged to continue their studies in one of our Research Master’s programmes. If you decide to switch programmes and are admitted before the start of the second semester, you will be able to transfer all credits earned in the first semester to your Research Master’s degree programme. In case you join later, the Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for the Research Master’s programme.

Within ACASA, there are two Research Master’s programmes, which would be suitable for a continuation of your studies:

Heritage, Memory and Archaeology (UvA)

Classics and Ancient Civilizations (VU)