University of Groningen

Why were some people buried with gifts when others were not? How can GIS help us understand patterns of land use in the hinterland of Rome?

In this track, you will learn to find the answer to these and other puzzles of Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology. The programme is part of the Archaeology Master programme and builds on the knowledge and skills obtained in a BA programme of Archaeology.

Within the track three different specializations are available. These specializations have their specific core modules, but also share courses with the other specializations within our Master's track.

The specializations are:

  • Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology, with core modules The Rise of Cities and States, Mediterranean Landscape Archaeology and the Archaeology of Death.
  • Bioarchaeology, with a core module of the same name.
  • Maritime Archaeology with a core module of the same name.

The first semester comprises one compulsory module, Archaeology Today, and two optional modules (The Rise of Cities and States, and Mediterranean Landscape Archaeology). In the second semester, you can follow two optional modules (Archaeology of Death, Advanced GIS course), or do an internship. The final stage of the master's track is a thesis.

Programme options

  • Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology (specialization).
  • Bioarchaeology (specialization).
  • Master's placement (specialization).

A placement is compulsory in this Master's track.

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.

  • 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.

Programme schedule

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  • The numbers behind the courses correspond to the numbers of the specializations.
  • If you want to follow the specialization Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology, you choose two out of the four courses: The Rise of Cities and States, The Archaeology of Death, Mediterranean Landscape Archaeology, or Advanced Modeling in GIS.
  • If you want to follow the specialization Bioarchaeology or Maritime Archaeology, you choose one course out of the four above mentioned courses.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional.
  • For an average of 14 weeks.

Going abroad during this Master's programme is possible, but you have to realize that this will take you several months extra to finish your studies.

Admission requirements

language test:
Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). ERK level B2 (preferably C1).

Tuition fees 2019-2020

  • EU/EEA students: €2083
  • non-EU/EEA students: €12500

Application deadlines:
  • EU/EEA students 01 May 2019 (course starts 01 September 2019)
  • non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2019 (course starts 01 September 2019)

Job prospects

The job opportunities for archaeologists in Europe are good. Because of the Valletta Treaty, all spatial planning projects have to take archaeological heritage into account. This has increased the work possibilities at consultancy and governmental agencies. It is also possible to find a position in the museum world or become an academic researcher.


The BA and MA programmes are strongly tied to the Groningen Institute of Archaeology (GIA), which comprises the archaeological research of the University of Groningen. GIA research is focused on:

  • Prehistoric, protohistoric and historical archaeology in the Netherlands, the Mediterranean and the Arctics.
  • Bioarchaeology: archaeobotany and archaeozoology.
  • Material culture studies, including conservation.
  • Landscape archaeology, including GIS-based studies.
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