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Archaeology

A pre-master track is intended for students who want to start a master in Archaeology, but who have a bachelor’s degree that does not fully meet the requirements of the chosen MA programme.
Deficiencies in the bachelor can be elimiated by means of a pre-master track, with a maximum of 60 ects.

For whom?
The following BA graduates, whose intended MA specialisations do not concur with their previous education, are eligible for a pre-master in Archaeology:

  • Archaeology at Leiden University
  • other Dutch universities and HBO institutes (higher vocational education)
  • foreign universities

Prerequisites
What you need in order to be admitted to a pre-master track in Archaeology:

Please note: these conditions will not automatically ensure you of admission to the pre-master track. Every application will be assessed individually.
An interview may be part of the selection procedure.

Application
The application procedure is as follows:
* Apply for the MA in Archaeology, via the UniLeidenMasters website.
* The Admission Committee decides if you can be directly admitted to the MA or not. If you need to take a pre-master programme, the Admission Committee will send you a tailor-made proposal for a pre-master track.
* After your track has been approved, you need to apply for the BA in Archaeology via Studielink.
* If you have been admitted, send in your definitive pre-master programme before 15 June.

Application deadline
Pre-master tracks start every September 1st. The deadline for application is 15 May.

More information
For additional information and application please contact Audrey Aijpassa.

There are 3 pre-master tracks: 15 ects, 30 ects, and 60 ects (see the tabs below), plus a separate track for 4th-year students at Saxion Next in Deventer.

5-15 ects

This pre-master track can be taken throughout the MA year, and consists of 1 to 3 specialisation courses from bachelor year 3.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Specialisation programme

30 ects

This pre-master track consists of the Archaeology in practice package (30 ects), ór the specialisation programme (30 ects).

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Option 1: Archaeology in practice (30 ects)

Archaeological methods and techniques 5
Material studies 1 5
Material Studies 1: Practical 3
Practical field techniques 2
Archaeology and anthropology of the Caribbean and Amazonia with a focus on Shamanism 5
Field school introduction 2
Field school 3

Option 2: Specialisation programme (30 ects)

Specialisation programme

60 ects

This pre-master track consists of the Archaeology in practice package (30 ects), plus the specialisation programme (30 ects).

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Part 1: Archaeology in practice (30 ects)

Archaeological methods and techniques 5
Material studies 1 5
Material Studies 1: Practical 3
Practical field techniques 2
Archaeology and anthropology of the Caribbean and Amazonia with a focus on Shamanism 5
Field school introduction 2
Field school 3

Part 2: Specialisation programme (30 ects)

Specialisation programme

Saxion

The Saxion pre-master track consists of 30 ects, and is specifically intended for 4th-year students at the Dutch HBO programme Archeologische Onderzoeksassistent at Saxion Next Deventer.
After completion of the programme you receive a list of your grades and a certificate issued by the Faculty of Archaeology, which gives you access to the MA in Archaeology at Leiden’s Faculty of Archaeology.

Start: 1 September 2015.
Completion: before 1 July 2016.
Application: before 1 July 2015, please contact mw drs F.C.M. Tomas.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory courses

Bioarchaeology 5
Experimental archaeology 5

Choose 2 courses within the following profiles (choose courses in the same profile):

ARCHAEOLOGY OF NORTH-WESTERN EUROPE

Early prehistory 5
Late prehistory and Provincial-Roman archaeology 5
Medieval archaeology 5

EARLY CIVILISATIONS

Hunter-gatherers and early farmers in the Near East and the Caribbean 5
Early states and cities in the Near East and Mediterranean 5
Visual culture 5

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Quaternary geology and soils of The Netherlands 5

Choose 2 courses from the following specialisations:

Archaeology of North-Western Europe 15
Archaeology of the Americas 15
Archaeological of the Classical world 15
Archaeology of the Near East 15
Bioarchaeology 5