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Archaeology 30 ec

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.

Below you see the programmes that can be takes as a pre-master. Your definitive programme will always be compiled in consultance with and with the approval of the Admission Committee.

Intro

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

  • after completing the premaster track, you are directly admissible, but to the corresponding master track only.

Please note: these conditions will not automatically ensure you of admission to the pre-master track. Every application will be assessed individually by the Admissions Committee, and all programme choices are made in consultation with the BA study adviser.
An interview may be part of the selection procedure.

Depending on your previous training and background, the Admissions Committee may decide that a pre-master programme of 30 ec (1 semester, or half a year) is sufficient. In that case you only take the courses in either the 1st or 2nd semester, or for Archaeological Science, a selection of courses, from the 60 ec pre-master programme, as prescribed by the Admissions Committee in your admissions statement.

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 and February 1st. The deadline for application is 1 April/15 October for non-EU students and students who request housing via Leiden University. For EU students and students who arrange their own housing, the deadline is 15 June/1 December.

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

Saxion

The Saxion Pre-master/minor track is specifically intended for 4th-year students at the Dutch HBO programme Saxion UAS in 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.

Please note:

  • After completing the pre-master track, you are directly admissible, but to the corresponding master track only, so make sure you take the required courses for your intended MA/MSc track;

  • All choices are to be made in consultation with the Bachelor study adviser;

  • If for some reason you need to depart from the programme as stated below, this should always be compiled in consultation with and with the approval of the Admissions Committee.

Start: 1 September 2021.
Completion: before 1 July 2022.
Application: before 1 July 2021, please contact the Bachelor study adviser.

Below you see a programme that is on offer as a pre-master. Your definitive programme may be tailor-made and will always be compiled in consultance with and with the approval of the Admission Committee.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory

Designing Archaeological Research 5
Archaeological Theory (BA3) 5
Science Communication: Archaeology in the 21st Century 5

Choose 1:

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

Choose 1:

(Geographic Information Systems and Bioarchaeology are only open for students who are planning to do the MSc Archaeological Science.)

Bioarchaeology 5
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 5
Globalisation in World History 5
Landscape Archaeology Projects 5
Material Culture 5

Choose 1 seminar (see the Seminars tab above)

Global Archaeology, semester 1

Below is the programme (30 ec in total) intended as preparation for the Archaeology Master specialisation Global Archaeology.

This programme takes place in the first semester: September - December.

Below you see a programme that is on offer as a pre-master. Your definitive programme may be tailor-made and will always be compiled in consultance with and with the approval of the Admission Committee.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory

Material Studies 5
Deep History 5
Heritage Protection in the 21st Century 5

Choose 1:

World Archaeology 1 5
Landscape Dynamics 1 5
World Archaeology 2 5
Introduction to Heritage Studies 1 5

Choose 1 seminar (see the Seminars tab above)

Choose 1 course from the BA1 or BA2 programme

Global Archaeology, semester 2

Below is the programme (30 ec in total) intended as preparation for the Archaeology Master specialisation Global Archaeology.

This programme takes place in the second semester: February - May.

Below you see a programme that is on offer as a pre-master. Your definitive programme may be tailor-made and will always be compiled in consultance with and with the approval of the Admission Committee.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory

Designing Archaeological Research 5
Archaeological Theory (BA3) 5

Choose 1:

Complex Societies 5
Imperial Powers, Global Cultures 5

Choose 1:

World Archaeology 3 5
Field Techniques 5
Landscape Dynamics 2 5
Introduction to Heritage Studies 2 5

Choose 1:

Globalisation in World History 5
Landscape Archaeology Projects 5
Museums and Collections: A Practical Introduction 5
Science Communication: Archaeology in the 21st Century 5

Choose 1 seminar (see the Seminars tab above)

Applied Archaeology, semester 1

Below is the programme (30 ec in total) intended as preparation for the Archaeology Master specialisation Applied Archaeology.

This programme takes place in the first semester: September - December.

Below you see a programme that is on offer as a pre-master. Your definitive programme may be tailor-made and will always be compiled in consultance with and with the approval of the Admission Committee.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory

Material Studies 5
Deep History 5
Heritage Protection in the 21st Century 5

Choose 1:

World Archaeology 1 5
Landscape Dynamics 1 5
World Archaeology 2 5
Introduction to Heritage Studies 1 5

Choose 1 seminar (see the Seminars tab above)

Choose 1 course from the BA1 programme

Applied Archaeology, semester 2

Below is the programme (30 ec in total) intended as preparation for the Archaeology Master specialisation Applied Archaeology.

This programme takes place in the second semester: February - May.

Below you see a programme that is on offer as a pre-master. Your definitive programme may be tailor-made and will always be compiled in consultance with and with the approval of the Admission Committee.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory

Designing Archaeological Research 5
Archaeological Theory (BA3) 5

Choose 1:

Complex Societies 5
Imperial Powers, Global Cultures 5

Choose 1:

World Archaeology 3 5
Field Techniques 5
Landscape Dynamics 2 5
Introduction to Heritage Studies 2 5

Choose 1:

Landscape Archaeology Projects 5
Globalisation in World History 5
Material Culture 5
Museums and Collections: A Practical Introduction 5
Science Communication: Archaeology in the 21st Century 5

Choose 1 seminar (see the Seminars tab above)

Heritage and Museum Studies, semester 1

Below is the programme (30 ec in total) intended as preparation for the Archaeology Master specialisation Heritage and Museum Studies.

This programme takes place in the first semester: September - December.

Below you see a programme that is on offer as a pre-master. Your definitive programme may be tailor-made and will always be compiled in consultance with and with the approval of the Admission Committee.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory

Material Studies 5
Heritage Protection in the 21st Century 5
Deep History 5

Choose 2:

World Archaeology 1 5
Landscape Dynamics 1 5
World Archaeology 2 5
Introduction to Heritage Studies 1 5

Choose 1 seminar (see the Seminars tab above)

Heritage and Museum Studies, semester 2

Below is the programme (30 ec in total) intended as preparation for the Archaeology Master specialisation Heritage and Museum Studies.

This programme takes place in the second semester: February - May.

Below you see a programme that is on offer as a pre-master. Your definitive programme may be tailor-made and will always be compiled in consultance with and with the approval of the Admission Committee.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory

Designing Archaeological Research 5
Archaeological Theory (BA3) 5
Museums and Collections: A Practical Introduction 5

Choose 1:

Complex Societies 5
Imperial Powers, Global Cultures 5

Choose 1:

World Archaeology 3 5
Landscape Archaeology Projects 5
Globalisation in World History 5
Landscape Dynamics 2 5
Introduction to Heritage Studies 2 5
Science Communication: Archaeology in the 21st Century 5

Choose 1 seminar (see the Seminars tab above)

Archaeological Science, semester 1

Below is the programme (30 ec in total) intended as preparation for the Archaeology Master specialisation Archaeological Science.

This programme takes place in the first semester: September - December.

Below you see a programme that is on offer as a pre-master. Your definitive programme may be tailor-made and will always be compiled in consultance with and with the approval of the Admission Committee.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory

Material Studies 5
Deep History 5

Choose 1:

Bioarchaeology 5
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 5

Choose 2:

World Archaeology 1 5
Landscape Dynamics 1 5
World Archaeology 2 5
Introduction to Heritage Studies 1 5
Heritage Protection in the 21st Century 5

Choose 1 seminar (see the Seminars tab above)

Archaeological Science, semester 2

Below is the programme (30 ec in total) intended as preparation for the Archaeology Master specialisation Archaeological Science.

This programme takes place in the second semester: February - May.

Below you see a programme that is on offer as a pre-master. Your definitive programme may be tailor-made and will always be compiled in consultance with and with the approval of the Admission Committee.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory

Designing Archaeological Research 5
Archaeological Theory (BA3) 5

Choose 1:

Complex Societies 5
Imperial Powers, Global Cultures 5

Choose 1:

Globalisation in World History 5
Landscape Archaeology Projects 5
Material Culture 5
Science Communication: Archaeology in the 21st Century 5

Choose 1 seminar (see the Seminars tab above)

Choose 1 course from the BA1 or BA2 programme

Archaeological Science, 1 year

Below is the programme (30 ec in total) intended as preparation for the Archaeology Master specialisation Archaeological Science.

This programme takes place in the first and second semester: September - December and February - May.

Below you see a programme that is on offer as a pre-master. Your definitive programme may be tailor-made and will always be compiled in consultance with and with the approval of the Admission Committee.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory

Material Studies 5
Designing Archaeological Research 5
Archaeological Theory (BA3) 5

Choose 1:

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

Choose 1:

Bioarchaeology 5
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 5
Material Culture 5

Choose 1 seminar:

Botany 5
Zoology 5
Osteology 5
Introduction to Programming for Archaeologists 5

Seminars

Free choice from the seminars below.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Block 2

Byzantine Archaeology 5
Environmental History of the Near East 5
The Prehistory of Anatolia and Cyprus 5
The Archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean 5
The Roman Frontier 5

Block 3

Archaeology of the Americas 5
Dutch Prehistory in a European Context 5
Isotope Archaeology 5
Medieval Lowlands 5
Palaeolithic Archaeology 5

Block 4

Botany 5
Zoology 5
Osteology 5
Introduction to Programming for Archaeologists 5
The Biography of the Landscape: Unravelling the Deep Histories of Landscapes and Heritage Sites 5
Maritime Archaeology, Culture and Landscapes: Research, Protection, and their Role in Identity (Building) 5