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MSc Internship: Archaeological Science


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master Archaeology programme, specifically the Archaeological Science track.


This elective offers you a possibility to apply and improve your previously acquired skills in one of the specialisation courses, or, alternatively, to expand your skills in a field that is not offered in our programme.
The internship provides a practical component to complement the more theoretical aspects of the master programme.
You may seek an internship outside academia, in a professional context, or, several of our own staff members may offer some internships as well.

The internship involves a small practical project of at least 15 working days, and can take various forms, but will usually consist of laboratory work or data analysis, which is part of a research project.
Before the start of the internship, you will write a feasible work proposal, which has to be approved by one of the Archaeological Science staff members before the internship can take place.

The internship is assessed by a report, in which you will critically reflect upon the practical activities, and place these in a wider comparative framework within the field of archaeological science, as well as contextualise the importance of the activities, and evaluate how this experience has contributed to your own development in the chosen field. This will be part of the requirements for the internship report.

Course set-up

Individual or small-group tutorials in a laboratory or external/professional setting.

Course objectives

  • Ability to write a feasible work plan, containing a methodological framework, clear research questions or project goals, and a demonstration of how to operationalise the (research) tasks of the internship;

  • Learning how to apply advanced practical skills, including a critical interpretation and view on the chosen methods (if applicable to your internship);

  • Critically evaluate the operationalising of a research project;

  • Gaining (more) experience (under supervision) in working in a professional environment and team;

  • Successfully and independently carry out a project within a limited period of time;

  • Ability to write a scientific report on the results, describing the activities and why certain choices were made, and to critically reflect on the results and operationalisation of the research questions, also in a broader, multidisciplinary context, and in the context of one’s own academic development;

  • Enhancing your employability by increasing practical skills needed for a future job.


Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button.

Mode of instruction

  • Practical training in scientific skills;

  • Supervision by the internship provider.

Course load

  • 15 working days internship (4.5 ec);

  • Internship proposal and reflective report (0.5 ec).

Assessment method

  • Work proposal (10%);

  • Evaluation of the practical skills (50%);

  • Internship report, including laboratory report (40%).

A retake consists of an improvement of the evaluation report within 3 weeks after you received the grade of the first submission. This grade has a maximum of 7.0.

Assessment deadlines

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button. To view the assessment deadline(s), make sure to select the course with a code ending in T and/or R.

The report needs to be handed in within 6 working weeks after the last internship day.

Reading list

To be determined.


Registration in uSis is mandatory. You can register for this course until 5 days before the first class.

Registration in uSis automatically leads to enrollment in the corresponding Brightspace module. Therefore you do not need to enroll in Brightspace, but make sure to register for this course in uSis.

You can use the study activity number in the timetable for registration.


For more information about this course, please contact dr. S.A. (Sarah) Schrader.


Compulsory attendance during the internship.