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Study programme

When deciding what to study you undoubtedly read a lot of information about your study programme. Leiden University employs various systems to provide information about programmes and courses and to facilitate communication between lecturers and students.

The Prospectus contains information about all the courses within your study programme. Here you can find all you need to know about your programme. Via Blackboard you can communicate with your lecturers and submit assignments.

Detailed information about the study programme per specialisation can be found in the online Prospectus.

Introduction to the programme

The master's programme in Archaeology is 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. 

There are three parts to the programme:

  • an introductory part
  • the specialisation
  • the electives


All students follow introductory courses in advanced methods and theory, world heritage and archaeometry. In the specialisation part, students follow in-depth courses within the subject of their choice, and write their master’s thesis. Almost one-third of the programme consists of elective courses in another field of study or specialisation. 

The courses are all taught in English, and are designed for an international group of talented and motivated students holding a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in Archaeology or another relevant discipline. 

Please visit the e-Prospectus for more information.

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