Master of Arts in Archaeology: Archaeology of North Western Europe

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

Master of Arts in Archaeology: Archaeology of North Western Europe

University of Amsterdam

Education and research interlinked

The Master’s programme Archaeology of Northwestern Europe covers the period from the Late Iron Age to the Early Modern period. The two specialisations in this programme are:

  • Late Iron Age and Roman Archaeology of Northwestern Europe.
  • Medieval and Early Modern Archaeology.

Both specialisations closely interlink with current research in the Netherlands in general and the city of Amsterdam in particular.

ACASA: Archaeology in Amsterdam

As of September 2012, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and VU University Amsterdam (VU) will offer a joint Master’s in Archaeology via the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). This pooling of resources means you will have the choice between various course packages, as well as the opportunity to specifically prepare yourself for a professional career, be it in commercial archaeology, archaeology policy or academic research. You will attend lectures at both the UvA and the VU.

A lecturer speaks:

Prof. Jerzy Gawronski, head of the archeology division of the Monuments and Archaeology Bureau of the city of Amsterdam, and Professor of Archaeology at ACASA:

‘The construction of the North/South metro line enables archaeologists to acquire new knowledge about the history of Amsterdam. The depth to which is dug, and the spot where the Amstel river once ran, make the excavations unique. Archaeologists excavate thousands of historical objects from the building site on a daily basis.’

Degree certificate

Archaeology of Northwestern Europe is an accredited degree programme of Archaeology. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Archaeology and the title Master of Arts (MA).


The programme gives considerable attention to topics such as settlement archaeology, the archaeology of cult sites and grave sites, integration processes in the Roman Empire and the research of city centres and material culture studies. These topics are already closely intertwined with the results of recent fieldwork and other ongoing research projects, which range from Roman villa landscapes in the south of the Netherlands to VOC shipyards in the centre of Amsterdam.

3000 Years of West European Archaeology

As for the compilation of your programme or your choice of specialism and thesis supervisor, it makes no difference at which institution you decide to enrol. Together the UvA and VU cover more than 3000 years of West European archaeology. One of the UvA’s specialisms is the Archaeology of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era. The VU’s focus is on research and education in the fields of late prehistory and Roman times of Western Europe. Special attention is given to Dutch archaeology.


Master's students of the programme Archaeology of Northwestern Europe can choose one of the following specialisations:

  • Late Prehistory and Roman Archaeology of Northwestern Europe

This specialisation explores the Celtic/Germanic societies of Northwestern Europe during the late Iron Age, and their eventual integration into the Roman Empire. Archaeological analyses of results from recent fieldwork and material culture are combined with the exploration of theoretical concepts and ideas about integration processes - and the therein occurring variations - within the Roman Empire.

  • Medieval and Early Modern Archaeology

This specialisation focuses on the study of the origins and developments of cities (especially Amsterdam) in conjunction with developments in landscape, as well as the settlement and agrarian strategies in various Dutch landscapes.

Programme structure

The Master's programme Archaeology of Northwestern Europe comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 42 credits for core courses, tutorials and electives.
  • 18 credits for the Master's thesis.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

The statutory tuition fee (except for the part-time rate) is determined annually by the Dutch government. Institutional tuition fee rates are set by the higher education institutions individually, and apply to students who do not meet the conditions for the statutory tuition fee rate.

The tuition fee rate is valid for a full academic year. The rate for enrolment as of 1 February can be determined by calculating 7/12ths of the given rate.

Statutory tuition fees 2016-2017

Specification Amount

  • full-time students € 1,984
  • part-time students € 1,706
  • dual programme students € 1,984
  • AUC students € 4,154
  • PPLE students € 3,968

Information for students from the Netherlands, the EEA, the EU, Switzerland and Suriname.

Students from the Netherlands, other countries within the European Economic Area (EEA), the EU, Switzerland and Suriname pay the statutory tuition fees if they satisfy the legal requirements. Institutional fee for students who do not qualify for the statutory fees

You are required to pay the institutional tuition fee if:

  • you are not a national of an EU or EEA Member State, Switzerland or Suriname;
  • after obtaining your Dutch Bachelor's degree you enrol in a second Bachelor's programme;
  • after obtaining your Dutch Master's degree you enrol in a second Master's programme;
  • you fail to satisfy all the conditions under one of the UvA's transitional arrangements. You can find the regulations in the 2015-2016 Enrolment Provisions or the 2016-2017 Enrolment Provisions (in Dutch).

Last updated May 12, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
12 months
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10,500 EUR
Netherlands - Amsterdam
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