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Landscape and Heritage, specialisation of the Master’s programme Archaeology, offers a one-year programme that explores the significance of landscapes and materials from the past in later periods and the modern world. Results from recent landscape research are combined with current debates on heritage.

Programme overview 

The Master's programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage 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.

You can also 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.

Programme structure

The Master's programme in Landscape and Heritage 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

  • Historical landscapes and archaeological heritage
  • Archaeology, Museums and the Public
  • 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, see:

UvA Course Catalogue: Landscape and Heritage

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:

Research MA Heritage, Memory and Archaeology (UvA)

Research MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations (VU)