Master of Arts in Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

Master of Arts in Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage

University of Amsterdam

Transcending boundaries

The Master’s programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage is not fixed to geographical or chronological boundaries, but deals thematically with archaeological landscapes and archaeological heritage in many different societies. Within the programme students can opt for the specialisation Landscape Archaeology or Archaeological Heritage. In both specialisations students will acquire conceptual knowledge of landscapes and archaeological remains in their modern setting, with a focus on heritage management and policy.

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:

Dr Gert Jan van Wijngaarden, Associate Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at ACASA:

‘All the archaeological fieldwork within ACASA is conducted in close cooperation with local archaeological services. For example, our project on Zakynthos in Greece includes excavations, field surveys, remote sensing and interviews with local inhabitants. Just as the other projects, it is a perfect training ground for students of different levels and interest.’

Degree certificate

Landscape and Heritage 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 Master's programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage comprises two specialisations:

Landscape Archaeology

Landscape Archaeology is a specialism which is well developed at the VU and the UvA. The Netherlands (large scale excavations) and the Mediterranean (surface surveys) form the historical landscapes against which fieldwork is conducted, and are also the focal points for ongoing research projects about the use of GIS in archaeology and villa landscapes in the north of the Roman Empire.

Core themes in the programme are:

  • ecological and economic dimensions of the interrelationship between man and landscape;
  • the historical stratification of landscapes;
  • the ‘past in the past’;
  • landscape and identity.

Archaeological Heritage

Archaeology is seen progressively more as heritage, which gives it a new social and economic meaning. This conjures up several important questions. For example, what is archaeological heritage? How do we envision the processes of preservation and management? What role does archaeology play in spatial planning? How is archaeological heritage management currently organised and financed in the Netherlands and in other European countries, and how will it be done in future? These and other questions are dealt with in the programme, which encompasses several modules from the interdisciplinary Master’s in Heritage Studies. Do you want to be a graduated archaeologist, but also focus on heritage management and policy? If so, then this Master’s is the programme for you.

With ‘Archaeological Heritage’ the UvA/VU offer the only archaeological programme in the Netherlands with a specialisation that combines archaeology and heritage. Although you receive a Master’s degree in Archaeology, you also take heritage related courses during your study programme. You are also introduced to every facet of the current archaeological system and the way in which the ‘market’ operates. You are hereby able to specialise in policy and advice.

Programme structure

The Master's programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 42 credits for core courses.
  • 18 credits for a 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
Full time
10,500 EUR
Netherlands - Amsterdam
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