MA Archaeology

Leiden University

Program Description

MA Archaeology

Leiden University


  • Archaeological Heritage and Museum Studies
  • Archaeology and Anthropology of the Americas
  • Archaeology of Europe and Historical Archaeology
  • Archaeology of the Mediterranean and Near East
  • Bioarchaeology and Material Culture Studies

From September 2015 the specialisations will be reorganised and added to:

  • Archaeology and Anthropology of Mesoamerica and the Andes
  • Archaeology of the Caribbean and Amazonia
  • 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
  • Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Palaeoecology
  • Palaeolithic Archaeology
  • Prehistory of North-Western Europe

The Master’s Programme in Archaeology at Leiden University is the most diverse in the Netherlands. There are several regional and thematic specialisations and the education programme is directly linked to ongoing research. The faculty staff are 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.

Master of Arts or Master of Science

Students who choose the Bioarchaeology and Material Culture Studies specialisation receive a Master of Science degree in Archaeology. For all other specialisations students receive a Master of Arts degree in Archaeology.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Feb. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Start date Sept. 2016
Netherlands Leiden
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Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
Start date Feb. 2017
Netherlands Leiden
Application deadline Oct. 15, 2016
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR

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