Master in Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Program Description

Master in Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Master in Mediterranean Archaeology

A shared strength of the UvA and VU Amsterdam is their long tradition of conducting research in the Mediterranean area. This can be seen from the large amount of fieldwork projects in Italy and Greece, as well the museum collections in the Allard Pierson Museum. The two specialisations interlink with the long, yet very current, disciplinary traditions of the UvA and VU Amsterdam, which include attention for the study of the basis of archaeology, objects and – for interaction and connection – also creators and users.

Two specializations

The master's programme Mediterranean Archaeology offers two specializations:

Issues of objects and peoples

This specialization deals with material culture, whereby the in-depth analysis of different facets of pottery or material from burials and sanctuaries counts as an introduction for learning more about humans and the past. The themes of the teaching modules closely interlink with the fieldwork of the UvA and VU Amsterdam. The results from the field, but also from own laboratory research are dealt with in the modules.

In Issues of objects and peoples different aspects of material culture will be discussed: from technique and style to the social role of objects and buildings. This specialization includes aspects from material culture studies, material sciences and museum archaeology.

Mediterranean interconnections

This specialization explores the Mediterranean in the broadest sense. By doing so, it links up with the current discussion about interconnections and cultural exchanges within the Mediterranean from 2000 B.C. onwards. The themes of the teaching modules interlink with fieldwork and other UvA/VU research projects such as the archaeology of exchanges, archaeology and the world of the Homeric epics, interaction between Greek colonists and the indigenous population in southern Italy, and integration processes within the Roman Empire.

Field work

You learn the skills you need for doing fieldwork. Apart from analysing, reporting and presenting field data, these skills also include managing and conducting fieldwork, e.g. making reasoned choices, adhering to deadlines, delegating tasks and working within a group. You will learn these skills in a practical setting at one of the Acasa’s current research locations in the Netherlands and in the Mediterranean.

Well prepared for the job market

Archaeologists with a Master's in Mediterranean Archaeology are exceptionally suited to follow a professional career in archaeology. They will have knowledge of and experience in international archaeological fieldwork, which makes them suitable to work in archaeological services and institutions of (international) heritage management. In addition, their understanding of the material culture of the Mediterranean makes them qualified for museums and educational institutions. Moreover, their wide knowledge of many different Mediterranean cultures is suitable for a career in sectors such as journalism, tourism and publishing. Finally, an ACASA Master's in Mediterranean Archeology prepares students very well for additional education on the Master or, eventually, PhD level.

Admission requirements

Students with a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology are eligible for admission to the Master’s programme in Archaeology. Admission on the basis of other related Bachelor’s degrees is at the discretion of the Examination Board. They determine which modules, if any, you need to make up. If these amount to more than 60 credits, you will have to take a (short-track) Bachelor’s degree programme in Archaeology before you can start on the Master’s. If the deficit amounts to 60 credits or less, you will have to take a pre-Master’s Archaeology course tailored to your requirements by the Examination Board, after completion of which you will be admitted to the Master’s programme.

Application for Dutch students and international candidates with a Dutch degree

  • application form (Dutch)
  • transcript of records (scan of original)
  • motivation letter
  • curriculum vitae
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
deadline for international students
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2017
deadline for international students
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
for EEA students; €13.400 for Non-EEA