Archaeology in Leiden encompasses the study of societies and cultures from the past, aiming to reconstruct and revive them. Make a meaningful contribution to resolving present-day societal issues such as migration, globalisation and climate change, using your interest in the past.
Leiden's Faculty of Archaeology
Leiden’s Archaeology master’s degree has the most diverse programme in the Netherlands. Leiden also boasts the only independent Faculty of Archaeology in the Netherlands. The study programme offers various regional and thematic specialisations and the teaching programme is closely linked to ongoing research.
Our academic staff are involved in research all over the world, with a strong focus on field research. In addition, the programme emphasises ecology and geology, combined with both iconology and historical studies, as well as ethnoarchaeological, anthropological and experimental approaches. A combination of modern museum practices and developments in archaeological heritage management broadens your scope even more.
Choose Archaeology at Leiden University:
- lets you choose from a wide variety of challenging regional and thematic specialisations.
- gives you a solid basis for a national or international career in archaeology, heritage management, heritage policy or within the museum world.
- has earned a place in the top of archaeology research and teaching institutes in the world.
- hosts enthusiastic students and staff who form a dynamic international research community, active all around the world.
- offers teaching that is strongly linked to our research, so you do not only hear about our research in the classroom, but also participate in it.
- Applied Archeology
- Archaeology Science
- Heritage and Museum Studies
- Global Archaeology
As a student of one of our specialisations, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the discipline of your choice. At the same time, you will take part in ongoing debates about general theory, the development of new methods and the use of information technology.
Our teaching is multidisciplinary and uses theories, methods and techniques drawn from the humanities, social sciences and sciences. By regarding the matter from an ecologist's viewpoint, or seeing it through a geologist's or anthropologist's eye, you add great value to your studies and research.
Master of Arts or Master of Science
Students choose two specialisations during the master's programme. Those who choose Palaeoecology or Human Bone Studies as their first specialisation, and who write their thesis on one of these subjects, will receive a Master of Science degree in Archaeology. For all other specialisations students will receive a Master of Arts degree in Archaeology.