Archaeology (research)


This advanced two-year programme is aimed towards students interested in top-quality research.

Choose Archaeology (research) at Leiden University

  • Gain solid research skills while studying the methodological, theoretical and scientific-philosophical aspects of your specialisation of choice.
  • Study at a faculty that ranks in the top ten worldwide in academic reputation and research impact (March 2017 QS World University Ranking by subject).
  • Benefit from our outstanding international faculty staff, who is involved in projects all over the world, and has a strong emphasis on field archaeology.
  • Work with top researchers, and take advantage of the strong connection between our current research projects and our education.

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This Research Master’s in Archaeology is the most diverse in the Netherlands. The programme offers seven regional and thematic specialisations. The faculty staff are involved in projects all over the world, which include field archaeology. This allows students, where relevant, to gain practical experience in archaeological field work. The internationally renowned staff combines in-depth expertise in a specific cultural area with knowledge of the latest developments in archaeological research.

International experience

Within the seven specialisations, courses are aimed at the intensification and broadening of your knowledge base and the development of research and publication skills. As a research master’s student, you will be encouraged and supported to visit international conferences, to contribute to international workshops, and to take courses at related (international) institutions.

Master details

  • Graad Master of Arts in Archaeology (research)
  • Onderwijsvorm Full-time
  • Duur 2 years
  • Start September, February
  • Taal English
  • Vestigingsplaats Leiden
  • Croho/isatcode 60133

Student testimonial

Benjamin Vis

“In the research master’s, you have a bit more time and freedom that can be used to go abroad for specific education, or for fieldwork purposes that can help you in your particular research.”

“In my bachelor’s I already focused on Native American archaeology, so it was not hard to imagine continuing along the same line in the Research Master’s. At a relatively small scale, while maintaining an international orientation, the programme aims at optimising personal contact and frequent communication within the department. The programme offers a wide range of topics that are presented in their courses, which means you can easily develop your own individual interests and shape them into a research plan. As opposed to regular master’s programmes* you have a bit more time and freedom that can be used to go abroad for specific education, fieldwork purposes that can help you in your particular research.

For me this meant I could participate in several international schools on aerial archaeology and archaeological remote sensing. This followed on the field experience from my bachelor’s featuring prospection techniques. Having strong theoretical interests I was able to incorporate this in the papers I wrote for the courses, even though it was not particular to Native America anymore. Establishing my own network through the international schools and conferences I visited and developing a personalised research trajectory now brings me in the position to apply for PhD positions when I finish my thesis.”

- Benjamin Vis, 2nd year MA Archaeology Research_

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