Master in Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage


Program Description

In the one-year Master's degree programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage, you will study the dynamic past of both contemporary and historical landscapes, and you will explore the ways in which they are preserved and maintained as archaeological heritage.

Landscape and Heritage Archaeology
The specialization Landscape and Heritage focuses on the significance of historical landscapes and materials in both later periods and the modern world. Both the cultural and the more science-based approach of landscape archaeology are present in the programme. The side of archaeological heritage focuses on the multifaceted meanings of archaeological remains in modern society. Processes of preservation and management, the role of archaeology in spatial planning, and its societal impact in Europe are some of the key-issues that are being addressed in this Master’s programme.

Why study Archaeology in Amsterdam?

  • This Master’s degree programme is offered by two universities. The University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam combined their expertise on the field of ancient history and archaeology in the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). This merging of specialists from various academic disciplines creates a stimulating environment for collaboration and study.
  • A world-class education: both UvA and VU Amsterdam have leading international positions in the field of Landscape and Heritage, in research and in teaching.
  • The programme has forged strong ties with a number of archaeological institutions, such as the Allard Pierson Museum.
  • The opportunity to study historical archaeology at leading research universities in Amsterdam, a vibrant European hub with a rich historical and cultural heritage.
  • The programme draws close links between teaching and ongoing research.

This is what you will be doing
The Master's programme Landscape and Heritage comprises three core courses and two shared courses. You can tailor the programme to your own interests by choosing an elective from a wide range of Master’s programmes. Each student must either do a research tutorial or an internship, and complete an individual Master’s thesis.

You can also develop an individual programme which combines courses from other ACASA Master’s programmes. A proposal for such an individual programme must be approved by the programme’s examination board.

Programme structure
The programme comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 18 credits for Core courses
  • 12 credits for Shared courses
  • 6 credits for Electives
  • 6 credits for Tutorial
  • 18 credits for a Master’s thesis

Core courses:
- Historical landscapes and Archaeological Heritage
- Archaeology, Museums and the Public
- Biography of Landscapes

Shared courses:
- Cutting Edge in Archaeology: Human Mobility
- Archaeology, Heritage and Society

An elective can be chosen from a wide range of courses, in related fields such as archaeology, heritage studies, history, ancient studies or classics.

This Master’s programme includes an individual tutorial, in which you can either conduct your own archaeological research, head out to undertake fieldwork or do an internship at a museum or heritage institution.

You will learn essential skills for doing fieldwork, like analysing, reporting and presenting field data, but also managing and conducting fieldwork. You can develop these skills through a tutorial at one of UvA/VU Amsterdam’s current research locations in the Netherlands and in the Mediterranean, at fieldwork projects in Italy (Satricum and Muro Tenente), Turkey (Troy) and in Greece (Karystos and Halos). Archaeological fieldwork, which takes place in close cooperation with the local archaeological services, consists of excavations, field surveys, remote sensing and landscape analysis.

An important part of the programme, the Master’s thesis enables you to conduct original research under the supervision of one of the staff members. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,00 ... Read More

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 130 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. Read less