Master of Arts in Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

Master of Arts in Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

University of Amsterdam

Master of Arts in Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

Starts in: September

Language of instruction: English

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


The Master's programme Mediterranean Archaeology comprises two specialisations:

  • Mediterranean Archaeology: Issues of Objects and Peoples

This specialisation deals with material culture, whereby the in-depth analysis of different facets of pottery or material from burials and sanctuaries count 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 the VU. 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 specialisation includes aspects from material culture studies, material sciences and museum archaeology.

  • Mediterranean Interconnections

This specialisation explores the Mediterranean in the broadest sense. By doing so, it links up with current debates 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.

Programme structure

The Master's programme Mediterranean Archaeology comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 42 credits for core courses, tutorials and electives
  • 18 credits for a Master’s thesis


The Master’s thesis (18 ECTS) reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser.

Application and admission

All students interested in a Master's programme at the Faculty of Humanities must apply for admission at the Graduate School of Humanities before enrolling. Once you have been successfully admitted, the Graduate Office will invite you to start enrolment procedures.

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 December 22, 2016
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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