Master in Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

General

Program Description

Application deadline update

  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 May (the original deadline of 1 April has been extended due to COVID-19)
  • EU/EEA students and students who do not need a study visa/residence permit through VU Amsterdam*: 1 June (the original deadline of 1 May has been extended due to COVID-19)

In the Master’s programme Mediterranean Archaeology, you will explore the material cultures and societies in the Mediterranean region, and their long history of interconnections and cultural exchanges from 2000 BCE onwards.

Mediterranean Archaeology
You will explore Mediterranean connectivity, especially that of Italy and Greece, study the role of ceramics in archaeology, and learn how material remains can help us to reconstruct societies and cultures of the past.

A rich research tradition
The Mediterranean Archaeology programme comprises both theoretical and thematic approaches and combines them with practical research. You can either participate in archaeological fieldwork, engage in individual tutorials in which you will work on material remains, or take part in staff members’ current research. Fieldwork is conducted in Italy, Greece and Turkey.

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 excellent track record in fieldwork and research in the Mediterranean region.
  • The programme has forged strong ties with a number of archaeological institutions, such as the Allard Pierson Museum.
  • You will have hands-on experience in one of the UvA/VU Amsterdam’s research excavations or field survey projects.


This is what you will be doing
The Master's programme Mediterranean Archaeology 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:
- Mediterranean Connectivity
- From Finds to People
- Ceramics in Archaeology

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

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

Tutorial
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.

Fieldwork
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.

Thesis
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 Feb 2020

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