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The Master programmes are organised within the framework of the Leiden University Graduate School of Archaeology. Apart from admission to the University (cf. enrolment), admission to the Graduate School is obligatory.

The Master programmes are directly linked to ongoing research. The Faculty staff is involved in projects all over the world, with a strong emphasis on field archaeology. There is an additional focus on ecology and geology, which is combined with iconological and historical studies, as well as with ethnoarchaeological, anthropological and experimental approaches. In-depth knowledge of a specific cultural area is combined with ongoing debates in general theory, the development of new methods and the advancement of the use of information technology in the discipline.

Structure of the master programme

General part (disciplinary course) 5 ects
Specialisation I 15 ects
Specialisation II 15 ects
Thesis 20 ects
Supporting discipline 5 ects

Total 60 ects

Specialisations (MA)

Archaeology and Anthropology of Mesoamerica and the Andes
Archaeology of the Caribbean and Amazonia
Archaeology of East and Southeast Asia
Archaeology of Egypt
Archaeology of the Near East
Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology
Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, the Middle Ages and the Modern Period
Field Archaeology
Heritage Management in a World Context
Museum Studies
Palaeolithic Archaeology
Prehistory of North-Western Europe

Specialisations (MSc)

Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology
Artefact Studies


Master electives can be used to fill the Supporting Discipline part.
MSc-students do not choose an elective, their Supporting Discipline part consists of mandatory laboratory work (see the MSc specialisations).