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The Master's degree programme in Archaeology will immerse you in the material culture of Europe’s past from the Bronze Age until the Early Modern Period. The programme has two specialisations with distinctive profiles: European Archaeology and Mediterranean Archaeology.

Theory meets practice

The Master's degree programme in Archaeology has a theoretical orientation but at the same time offers practice-oriented modules in which you will interpret field data and study archaeological materials. Students are seen as partners in research; in two Research Labs you will actually participate in the ongoing research of the staff. Separate modules are devoted to preparation for the job market in field archaeology and heritage management.

Archaeology in Amsterdam

This Master’s degree programme is offered jointly by two universities. The University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam have combined their expertise in the fields of Archaeology, Ancient History and Classics in the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). This merging of specialisations creates a stimulating environment for collaboration and study and extends the options when it comes to the supervision of your Master’s thesis.

Why study Archaeology in Amsterdam?

  • This Master’s programme offers the opportunity to gain a world-class education in the archaeology of Europe and the adjacent Mediterranean area at a leading European university;
  • You will gain hands-on experience of working with archaeological material from sites across the Mediterranean and Europe.
  • You will be able to follow and develop your personal interests, among others by tapping into the wide array of expertise of eminent scholars at the UvA and the VU;
  • Teaching takes place in small group classes with direct personal contact with tutors;
  • As a student, you will profit from the programme’s collaboration with institutions such as the municipal archaeological service and the Allard Pierson Museum;
  • Amsterdam is an international metropolis with a small-city feel. It is a welcoming place to live and study and English is widely spoken. 

Student profile

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

  • You have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Archaeology or you have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Geo-archaeology, Ancient Studies, Anthropology, History (with demonstrable relationship to Ancient Studies) and have taken academic courses equivalent to at least one full-time semester of academic studies (30 ECTS) in Archaeology.
  • 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.
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Archaeology and Amsterdam? A perfect combination! You are surrounded by archaeology here! During the construction of the new metro line, for instance, many finds were made. As a student, you regularly visit the Allard Pierson Museum, where you study ancient materials while being surrounded by plaster copies of classical statues. During practical workshops, you study ceramics, glass finds, or bone combs in small classes tutored by very approachable staff. Natalie Park

Degree certificate

Archaeology is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Archaeology and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Once you enrol at the UvA, you will also automatically be enrolled as a guest student at VU Amsterdam. If you enrol at VU Amsterdam, the exact opposite applies. Please note that you will receive one diploma, from the university at which you originally enrolled.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MA Archaeology
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60805