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For whom?
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)

  • foreign universities

Prerequisites
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 master track 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.

Application
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.

Application deadline
Pre-master tracks start every September 1st. The deadline for application is 1 April for non-EU students and 15 June for EU students.

More information
For additional information and application please contact the Admission Committee.

Tracks
The Master tracks are:

Global Archaeology Applied Archaeology Heritage and Museum Studies Archaeological Science

Global Archaeology

Below is the programme (60 ec in total) intended as preparation for the Archaeology Master specialisation Global Archaeology.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory

SPOC Academic Skills for Archaeologists 5
Bioarchaeology 5
Material Culture 5
Archaeological Theory (BA3) 5

Fieldwork

Field Techniques 10
Field School 1 5

Choose 2:

Deep History 5
Complex Societies 5
Landscape Archaeology Projects 5
Imperial Powers, Global Cultures 5

Choose 2:

Archaeology of Arabia 5
Archaeology of the Mediterranean 5
Byzantine Archaeology 5
Medieval Lowlands 5
Dutch Prehistory in a European Context 5
Globalisation in World History: An Archaeological Perspective 5
The Archaeology of the Ancient Silk Roads 5
The Prehistory of Anatolia and Cyprus 5
Palaeolithic Archaeology 5
The Roman Frontier 5
Archaeology of the Americas 5
The Archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean 5
Osteology 5
Botany 5
Zoology 5
The Maya Peoples: An Ancient Civilisation, Its Present and Future 5
Predictive Modelling 5
Archaeological Prospection in the Netherlands 5

Free choice (5 ec)

Choose one 5 ec course you have not yet taken, from either the Bachelor year 2 or year 3 programme.

Applied Archaeology

Below is the programme (60 ec in total) intended as preparation for the Archaeology Master specialisation Applied Archaeology.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory

SPOC Academic Skills for Archaeologists 5
Bioarchaeology 5
Material Culture 5
Landscape Archaeology Projects 5
Archaeological Theory (BA3) 5

Fieldwork

Field Techniques 10
Field School 1 5

Choose 1:

Deep History 5
Complex Societies 5
Imperial Powers, Global Cultures 5

Choose 2:

Archaeology of Arabia 5
Archaeology of the Mediterranean 5
Byzantine Archaeology 5
Medieval Lowlands 5
Dutch Prehistory in a European Context 5
Globalisation in World History: An Archaeological Perspective 5
The Archaeology of the Ancient Silk Roads 5
The Prehistory of Anatolia and Cyprus 5
Palaeolithic Archaeology 5
The Roman Frontier 5
Archaeology of the Americas 5
The Archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean 5
Osteology 5
Botany 5
Zoology 5
The Maya Peoples: An Ancient Civilisation, Its Present and Future 5
Predictive Modelling 5
Archaeological Prospection in the Netherlands 5

Free choice (5 ec)

Choose one 5 ec course you have not yet taken, from either the Bachelor year 2 or year 3 programme.

Heritage and Museum Studies

Below is the programme (60 ec in total) intended as preparation for the Archaeology Master specialisation Heritage and Museum Studies.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory

SPOC Academic Skills for Archaeologists 5
Heritage Protection in a Global Context 5
Material Culture 5
Deep History 5
Globalisation in World History: An Archaeological Perspective 5
Archaeological Theory (BA3) 5
Social Science Research in Practice 10
Imperial Powers, Global Cultures 5
The Early Modern Era 5
Museums in Contemporary Societies 5

Free choice (5 ec)

Choose one 5 ec course you have not yet taken, from either the Bachelor year 2 or year 3 programme.

Archaeological Science

Below is the programme (60 ec in total) intended as preparation for the Archaeology Master specialisation Archaeological Science.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory

SPOC Academic Skills for Archaeologists 5
Bioarchaeology 5
Archaeological Theory (BA3) 5
Material Culture 5
Landscape Archaeology Projects 5

Fieldwork

Field Techniques 10
Field School 1 5

Choose 1:

Deep History 5
Complex Societies 5
Imperial Powers, Global Cultures 5

Choose 1:

Archaeology of Arabia 5
Archaeology of the Mediterranean 5
Byzantine Archaeology 5
Medieval Lowlands 5
Dutch Prehistory in a European Context 5
Globalisation in World History: An Archaeological Perspective 5
The Archaeology of the Ancient Silk Roads 5
The Prehistory of Anatolia and Cyprus 5
Palaeolithic Archaeology 5
The Roman Frontier 5
Archaeology of the Americas 5
The Archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean 5

Students who are opting for an MSc in Digital Archaeology:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 5
Predictive Modelling 5

Students who are opting for an MSc in Archaeozoology/botany or Osteoarchaeology or Material Culture, choose 1:

Osteology 5
Botany 5
Zoology 5

Students who are opting for an MSc in Archaeozoology/botany, Osteoarchaeology or Material Culture, free choice (5 ec):

Choose one 5 ec course you have not yet taken, from either the Bachelor year 2 or year 3 programme.

Saxion

The Saxion Pre-master track consists of 30 ec, 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 2019.
Completion: before 1 July 2020.
Application: before 1 July 2019, please contact mrs I.L. Tinbergen.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory

Designing Archaeological Research 5
Landscape Archaeology Projects 5
Archaeological Theory (BA3) 5
Museums in Contemporary Societies 5

Choose 1:

Deep History 5
Complex Societies 5
Imperial Powers, Global Cultures 5

Choose 1:

The Maya Peoples: An Ancient Civilisation, Its Present and Future 5
Osteology 5
Botany 5
Zoology 5
Predictive Modelling 5
Archaeological Prospection in the Netherlands 5