Archaeology Research Master programme overview, 2011-2012

A Research Master is an advanced two-year postgraduate programme with an even higher research component than the regular Master’s programme, and provides excellent scope for individual student initiative.

The Research Master programme in Archaeology focuses on the research areas that are strongly represented in Leiden. The heart of the programme is organised around the excellent research with which Leiden has made a name for itself internationally.

Research Master tracks

There are four different tracks, centred on four research projects that reflect the broad spectrum of research undertaken within the department:
Human Origins
Prehistoric Farming Communities in North-Western Europe
Town and Country: Mediterranean Region and the Near East
Religion and Society: Native American cultures

Structure of the programme

First year

  • General part (30 ects):




    • Advanced methods and theory (5 ects)
    • Teaching assistance (5 ects)
    • Workshops (5 ects)
    • Thesis 1st year (15 ects)
  • Specialisation (25 ects):
    Track seminars

  • Multidisciplinary research (5 ects):
    Consisting of any other MA/RMA course.

Second year

  • General courses (35 ects):




    • Epistemology of Archaeology (5 ects)
    • Teaching assistance (5 ects)
    • Workshops (5 ects)
    • Thesis 2nd year (20 ects)
  • Specialisation (20 ects):
    Track seminars

  • Multidisciplinary research (5 ects):
    Consisting of any other MA/RMA course.

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