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.
The following BA graduates, whose intended MA focus areas do not concur with their previous education, are eligible for a pre-master in Archaeology:
Leiden University students (not from the Archaeology department)
other Dutch universities and HBO institutes (higher vocational education)
What you need in order to be admitted to a pre-master track in Archaeology:
BA (university or HBO) obtained
deficiencies with a maximum of 60 ec (1 year)
the track and its courses are chosen in consultation with the Admission Committee and pre-master coordinator
you will only be admitted to the main specialisation you are applying for.
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.
The application procedure is as follows:
Apply for the BA in Archaeology (higher year, not first year), via Studielink. Within a few days you will receive log-in details for the Leiden University online application portal, where you can opt for the Pre-master. In your motivation letter, please indicate for which of the 4 tracks in the Master you are applying.
If you want to have a chance to be admitted to the MA directly, you can also apply for the MA straight away.
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 negative admission decision for the MA, but including a proposal for a Pre-master programme. In that case you will have to apply for the BA, higher year, in Studielink and the Pre-master in the online application portal, as mentioned above. To prevent you from missing the deadlines, it is therefore advisable to fill out both the BA higher year/Pre-master and MA application at the same time.
Pre-master tracks start every September 1st. The deadline for application is 1 April for non-EU students and 15 June for EU students.
For additional information and application please contact the Admission Committee.
The Master tracks are: