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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 MA (Master of Arts) programme

General part 2 × 5 ects Focus 1 10 ects Focus 2 10 ects (or 2 × 5 ects) Thesis 20 ects Electives 2 × 5 ects Total 60 ects ### Structure of the MSc (Master of Science) programme

General part 2 × 5 ects Focus 1 10 ects Focus 2 10 ects (or 2 × 5 ects) Thesis 20 ects Lab work 5 ects Elective 5 ects Total 60 ects ### MA specialisations

Archaeological Heritage and Museum Studies
Archaeology and Anthropology of the Americas
Archaeology of the Mediterranean and Near East
Archaeology of Europe and Historical Archaeology

MSc specialisations

Bioarchaeology and Material Culture Studies


MA electives or MSc electives can be used to fill the Elective part.