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Are you research-minded and interested in archaeology? Would you like to specialize in a field of archaeology, supervised by excellent researchers? Then this is the programme for you.

One of the aims of the Research Master's programme in Archaeology is to develop an awareness of the academic responsibilities towards our cultural heritage; the programme gives you the tools to deal with these responsibilities in a proper way and translate them into research and exhibitions.

This Master's degree offers a two-year programme in the theory and methodology of archaeology. Part of the programme is compulsory for all students, but of course, you will also choose a specialization within a field of archaeology:

  • Pre- and Protohistory of Northwestern Europe
  • Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology
  • Arctic Studies
  • Bio-archaeology
  • Maritime Archaeology

In the first year, you will attend four elective research seminars that focus your specialization, one compulsory seminar about the interpretations of and approaches to landscape and several courses or seminars from one of the national research schools.

In the second year, you will spend time researching a subject in the area of your field of interest. You will finish the programme by writing a thesis.

Programme options

Archaeology (track)

The track in Archaeology offers a number of profiles in NW-European Pre- and Protohistory, Classical and Mediterranean archaeology, or Arctic Studies.

The track in Archaeology offers profiles in NW-European Pre- and Protohistory, Classical and Mediterranean archaeology, Ecological Archaeology and Arctic Studies.In each profile, archaeological theory and practice are combined with in-depth courses on, for example, wetland archaeology, maritime archaeology, settlement, and landscape archaeology including GIS, funerary archaeology, ecological archaeology or Arctic studies. Students can develop specific topics of their own interest within these broad fields or may choose to participate in the department's ample research programme that builds on a long and internationally renowned tradition of multidisciplinary approaches, combining archaeology, anthropological and science-based disciplines. Students participate in the courses on offer by the National Research School Archon and the Department's research seminars and capita selecta. Study abroad is encouraged and participation in fieldwork projects or work in the various laboratories at the department or elsewhere is facilitated.

Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Master's placement (specialization)

During this Master's programme, you can follow a placement for ECTS credit points.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Mobility Office can offer help with this where necessary. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.

Programme schedule

Courses year 1

University of Groningen

Courses year 2

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Research Seminars I-IV can be chosen from the range of research seminars offered by the master programmes in Archaeology (in consultation with the Director of Studies). AHA Specialization 1-3 can be fulfilled by choosing research seminars (at the RUG or at another (Dutch or foreign) university), by following individual tutorials and/or by doing a research placement.

Possible options for research seminars (as given in 2016-2017):

  • The Rise of Cities and States
  • Mediterranean Landscape Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Death
  • Advanced Modelling in GIS
  • Prehistoric Cultural Landscapes
  • Terp Archaeology

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
grade list Excellent academic record.
language test Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). ERK level C1.
previous education BA degree in Archaeology
reference letter Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.
written request No further information
other admission requirements Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results and the thesis or paper.

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Programme form
EU/EEA 2018-2019 €2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2018-2019 €12500 full-time

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students 01 May 2019 01 September 2019
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2019 01 September 2019

Job prospects

The degree is a very good preparation for a career in the areas of Archaeology, Art, Architecture, and Landscape. After this programme, a research position, within or outside the university, is a logical step.

Job examples

  • Research oriented career.


The programme, which is offered by the Graduate School for the Humanities, has close links with excellent national and international research schools and institutes, research projects, museums and galleries, laboratories and cultural heritage services. The University of Groningen is well known for its superior laboratory facilities that support technical research into the visual arts and archaeology.

Research takes place in different institutes and centres at the University of Groningen.


The Groningen Institute of Archaeology (GIA) is a research institute within the Faculty of Arts, responsible for all archaeological research within the University of Groningen.

Arctic Centre

The Arctic Centre functions as an information centre for polar research in the Netherlands. Part of this research is carried out at the centre itself, by the archaeologists, biologists, ecologists, geographers, and historians participating in the centre in close co-operation.

Research Assistants Programme

If you are a talented and motivated student who started in September with the research master programme Archaeology, you can apply for a paid position of one day a week at the university. Parallel to your courses, you will participate in an (interdisciplinary) project and do research that relates to the theme Sustainable Society.

Research Schools

It is possible for research master students to participate in seminars, courses and summer schools organized by the Dutch national research schools, such as OIKOS and ARCHON. These 'schools' are organized for the training of PhD students, but some activities are open to or specially set up for you as a research master student. These events give you the opportunity to deepen your disciplinary profile and to become acquainted with top researchers in your field.

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Last updated July 5, 2019
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