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Archeologie: Research Master

A Research Master is an advanced two-year postgraduate programme with an even higher research component than the Master’s programme, and provides excellent scope for individual student initiative.

The Research Master programme in Archaeology focuses on the research areas that are strongly represented in Leiden. The heart of the programme is organised around the excellent research with which Leiden has made a name for itself internationally.

RMA-students share several modular courses with MA-students. However, there will be some differentiation in the learning objectives and assignments between MA and RMA. Depending on the courses, options for RMA-specific assignments could include one or a combination of the following:

  • a different focus in the essay and/or presentation assignment, for example: formulating new avenues for innovative future research for the theme selected, and/or

  • presenting a theoretical or methodological “meta” approach to the literature, e.g. in order to critically assess the intellectual position taken by the author(s), and/or

  • placing the research topic into a broader international context, making interregional comparisons in research outcomes and/or methodology; and/or

  • formulating a text on a specialist archaeological topic that is specifically aimed at a non-specialist audience;

  • organising, leading and reviewing a session discussion (either within the class environment or at a separate event);

  • attending and reviewing an international conference or workshop that is related to the course theme;

  • contributing to a publication by the research track that is related to the course theme;

  • presenting a poster or paper that is related to the course theme at an international conference or workshop.

Programme year 1

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

For RMA students only:

Advanced Archaeological Theory: How Materials Shaped The Human World 5

For RMSc students only:

Advanced Scientific Methodology in Archaeology 5

General courses

Advanced Themes in Archaeology 5
Conferences and Workshops (ARCHON) Year 1 5
Teaching Assistance Year 1 5
RMA Thesis Archaeology Year 1 15

Research track

Research Seminar: Secret Skills for the Successful Scientist 10

Choose 2 modular courses (see the 'Modular courses' tab above') (2 x 5 ec)

Choose 1 elective course (see the 'Electives' tab above) (5 ec)

Programme year 2

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

General courses

Epistemology of Archaeology 5
Conferences and Workshops (ARCHON) Year 2 5
Teaching Assistance Year 2 5
RMA Thesis Archaeology Year 2 20

Research track: choose 1 of the following research seminars:

Research Seminar: Communicating Communities 10
Research Seminar: Current Issues in the Palaeolithic 10
Research Seminar: We Made It! Crafting In The Eastern Mediterranean 10

Choose 2 modular courses (see the 'Modular courses' tab above') (2 x 5 ec)

Choose 1 elective course (see the 'Electives' tab above) (5 ec)

Modular courses

Choose 2 courses (2 x 5 ec).
For the timetables, see the research master time schedule.
Please note that some courses consist of 2 blocks.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Prehistory

Advanced Studies on the Human Planet: How and Why We Began to Shape the Earth System 5
Advanced Studies on the Human Planet: How Deep History Shaped the Human World 5
Advanced Studies on the Human Planet: How Globalisation Shaped the Human World 5

Europe

Advanced Studies in Key Developments in European Prehistory 5
Advanced Urban Archaeology 5

Heritage & museum

Advanced Community Heritage and Public Archaeology 5

The Near East

Advanced Studies in Neolithisation in the Near East 5
Advanced Archaeology of the Assyrian Empire 5

The Mediterranean

Advanced Archaeology of Early Roman Imperialism 5
Advanced Current Issues in the Archaeology of the Frontier Regions of the Roman Empire 5
Advanced Studies on a Global Revolution: Change and Innovation in Afro-Eurasia in the Hellenistic and Roman Period (250 BC – AD 250) 5
Advanced Archaeology of the Crusades 5

The Americas

Advanced Studies in Peoples, Ideas, And Resources On The Move In The Pre-Colonial And Early Colonial Caribbean and Amazonia 5
Advanced Current Issues in the Archaeology of the Americas 5

Sciences

Advanced Current Issues in Archaeological Science 5

Electives

Choose 1 course (5 ec).

For the timetables, see MyTimetable.

Please note that some courses consist of 2 blocks.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Free choice from other MA/MSc Archaeology courses

Free choice from other Master courses outside Archaeology (after approval of Board of Examiners)