Archaeology: Master programme overview, 2015-2016

The Master programmes are organised within the framework of the Leiden University Graduate School of Archaeology. Apart from admission to the University (cf. enrolment), admission to the Graduate School is obligatory.

The Master programmes are directly linked to ongoing research. The Faculty staff is involved in projects all over the world, with a strong emphasis on field archaeology. There is an additional focus on ecology and geology, which is combined with iconological and historical studies, as well as with ethnoarchaeological, anthropological and experimental approaches. In-depth knowledge of a specific cultural area is combined with ongoing debates in general theory, the development of new methods and the advancement of the use of information technology in the discipline.

Structure of the master programme

The Master programmes are organised within the framework of the Leiden University Graduate School of Archaeology. Apart from admission to the University (cf. enrolment), admission to the Graduate School is obligatory.

The Master programmes are directly linked to ongoing research. The Faculty staff is involved in projects all over the world, with a strong emphasis on field archaeology. There is an additional focus on ecology and geology, which is combined with iconological and historical studies, as well as with ethno-archaeological, anthropological and experimental approaches. In-depth knowledge of a specific cultural area is combined with ongoing debates in general theory, the development of new methods and the advancement of the use of information technology in the discipline.

Structure of the MA (Master of Arts) programme

General part 2 × 5 ects Specialisation 1 10 ects Specialisation 2 10 ects Thesis 20 ects Electives 2 × 5 ects Total 60 ects ### Structure of the MSc (Master of Science) programme

General part 2 × 5 ects Specialisation 1 10 ects Specialisation 2 10 ects Thesis 20 ects Laboratory work 5 ects Elective 5 ects Total 60 ects ### MA specialisations

Archaeology of the Americas
Archaeology of the Near East
Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, Middle Ages and Modern Period
Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology
Heritage Management in a World Context
Heritage of Indigenous Peoples
Museum Studies
Palaeolithic Archaeology
Prehistory of North-Western Europe

MSc specialisations

Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology
Material Culture Studies
Palaeoecology

Electives

MA-students choose 2 electives (2×5 ects), MSc-students choose 1 elective (5 ects) and spend the other 5 ects on mandatory laboratory work.
See the list of MA electives and MSc electives.

Languages