Master of Arts in Maritime Archaeology


Program Description

The new postgraduate programme in Maritime Archaeology is designed for students who are interested in a professional career in maritime archaeology and heritage management. Based in Esbjerg on the Danish North Sea coast, the programme is internationally oriented and all teaching is in English.

A two-year masters programme
The two-year master's programme was created with employability in mind. Our aim is not just to provide an education in maritime archaeology, but to prepare you for a career in this field. The course is structured around skills which are necessary for the fields of heritage management, consultancy and archaeological contract work, but also benefit students who want to follow a more traditional research-oriented career path.

Commercial diver training
At the University of Southern, Denmark students have the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognised commercial SCUBA diving qualification at very low cost. As an approved commercial diving school, the master's programme can issue the Danish “SCUBA erhvervsdykker” certificate (equivalent to HSE SCUBA).

As education is free in Denmark, the maritime archaeology masters course is free of charge for students from European Union/EEA countries. Only students from outside the EU/EEA are charged an annual tuition fee.

This programme is offered in English.

A combination of theoretical and practical skills

In the course of your studies, you will be introduced to both theoretical and practical aspects of maritime archaeology. This includes the preparation of environmental assessments, project designs and risk assessments as well as the planning of geophysical surveys and diver surveys. You will also get a chance to record ship timbers and excavate underwater. Field schools in Denmark and other European countries are an integral part of the programme.

In addition to covering the theory and practice of maritime archaeology, the programme offers training in project management, law and economics.

A solid preparation for a career in maritime archaeology
Whatever career path within the field of maritime archaeology you choose; our aim is to provide you with the necessary skills. This is why we offer introductions to project management, law and economy, skills that will help you to work in heritage management and museums.

Campus Life

Situated by the sea in a busy harbour town, the Esbjerg campus is the ideal location for education and research in maritime subjects. Group work is a component of many study programmes on campus and valuable training for the workplace. By improving communication in an international and multidisciplinary setting, students develop key skills for their future careers. Class sizes are often small, enabling students to participate with ideas and discuss issues with teachers and fellow students.

International atmosphere

With students and lecturers from all over the world, maritime archaeology is an international course and taught in English. English will also help you to get around Esbjerg as most Danes speak fluent English.

Guaranteed accommodation

As the fifth largest city in Denmark, Esbjerg is more than just fish and ferries to Britain. The city offers cultural, sporting, and leisure activities to cater for all tastes. Esbjerg is a very lively city, not least because of the Music Hall, live music in cafes and bars, and the wide range of activities provided by the establishment known as “The Tobacco”. Outside the city, the attractions include long, white beaches and perhaps a day trip to the island of Fanø.

Career opportunities

Maritime archaeologists from the University of Southern Denmark are trained to work in the fields of underwater archaeology, wetland archaeology and coastal archaeology all over the world.

The broad range of courses and topics offered at SDU will also prepare you for other aspects of the field. Possible career paths include:

  • Museum work and heritage management
  • Archaeological contractors specialising in maritime archaeology
  • Tourism management
  • Training at various levels

As an internationally recognised commercial diving qualification, the Danish commercial SCUBA certificate will further enhance your employability in the field.

Entry requirements

Legal claim: There are no BA degree courses which automatically guarantee entry to the postgraduate degree in Maritime Archaeology

The following BA degrees from the University of Southern Denmark and from other universities give access to the postgraduate degree:

A BA degree with a minimum of 90 ECTS in one or more of the following areas:

  • Archaeology,
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Geology
  • Biology
  • Oceanography,
  • Geography

or equivalent with the approval of the board of studies.

Applicants must provide documentation of proficiency in English at least equivalent to English at B level.

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

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