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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.


General disciplinary course: 5 ECTS
Specialisation I: 15 ECTS
Specialisation II: 15 ECTS
Thesis: 20 ECTS
Supporting Discipline: 5 ECTS

Total: 60 ECTS

The following specialisations are offered:

Archaeology and Anthropology of Mesoamerica and the Andes
Archaeology of the Caribbean and Amazonia
Archaeology of East and Southeast Asia
Archaeology of Egypt
Archaeology of the Near East
Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology
Field Archaeology
Heritage Management in a World Context
Material Culture and Artefact Studies
Palaeolithic Archaeology
Prehistory of Northwestern Europe

Master electives (for supporting discipline)