Master in Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Program Description

Master in Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Master in Landscape and Heritage

The Master’s programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage is not fixed to geographical or chronological boundaries, but deals thematically with archaeological landscapes and archaeological heritage in many different societies. In the specialization Landscape Archaeology, the cultural landscape will be addressed from many perspectives. The specialization Archaeological Heritage focuses on the varieties of meanings that archaeological remains can obtain in modern society.


The Master's programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage distinguishes two specializations:

Landscape Archaeology

Landscape archaeology is a specialism which is well developed at VU Amsterdam and the UvA. The Netherlands (large scale excavations) and the Mediterranean (surface surveys) form the historical landscapes on which fieldwork is conducted, and are also the focal points for ongoing research projects about the use of GIS in archaeology and villa landscapes in the north of the Roman Empire.

Core themes in the programme are: ecological and economic dimensions of interrelationship between man and landscape; the historical stratification of landscapes; the ‘past in the past’; landscape and identity.

Archaeological Heritage

Archaeology is seen progressively more as heritage, which gives it a new social and economic meaning. This conjures up several important questions. What, for example, is archaeological heritage? How do we envision the processes of preservation and management? What role does archaeology play in spatial planning? How is archaeological heritage management currently organised and financed in the Netherlands and in other European countries, and how will it be done in future? These and other questions are dealt with in the programme, which encompasses several modules from the interdisciplinary Master’s in Heritage Studies. Do you want to be a graduated archaeologist, but also focus on heritage management and policy? If so, then this Master’s is the programme for you.

With ‘Archaeological Heritage’ VU Amsterdam and UvA offer the only archaeological programme with a specialization which combines archaeology and heritage in the Netherlands. Though you receive a Master’s diploma in Archaeology, you also take heritage related courses during your study programme. You are also introduced to every facet of the current archaeological system and the way in which the ‘market’ operates. You are hereby able to specialize yourself in policy and advice.

Well prepared for the job market

Archaeologists with a Master's in Landscape and Heritage are exceptionally suited to follow a professional career in archaeology. Their conceptual knowledge of landscapes and archaeological remains in their modern setting makes them qualified to work in local, national or international heritage management institutions and public services. Also, their experience with fieldwork and its management qualifies them for positions in Dutch and European companies doing archeological research. Their broad knowledge of archaeology also makes them suitable for a career in sectors such as journalism, tourism and publishing. Finally, an ACASA Master's in Archeology prepares students very well for additional education on the Master or, eventually, PhD level.

International students and students with a foreign Bachelor’s/Master’s degree

If you would like to start a Master’s programme at the Faculty of Arts, you can apply using our online application system (follow this link). The departmental Examination Board will decide upon your admission after having officially reviewed and evaluated your diplomas/degrees. Diplomas unknown by the board will be assessed by the master coordinator in cooperation with the NUFFIC.

You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. Only students who have completed a full high school or bachelor’s degree in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia may be exempted. We require a TOEFL score (score 600 paper based, score 250 computer based or score 100 internet based) or an IELTS score (score 7).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 14, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Apr. 1, 2017
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
for EEA students; €13.400 for Non-EEA