Scientific methodology is an important approach in modern archaeology and it is at the heart of archaeological science. Hypotheses, data, theory, experiments, observations, as well as presentation and interpretation, are all key to our understanding of our past.
The programme in Archaeological Science at the Leiden University gives you the freedom to choose your own focus based on your own interests.
You may study archaeobotany and archaeozoology, or prefer to dive into human osteoarchaeology. You may rather explore material culture, or further develop your skills in digital archaeology. All of these choices can be combined with lectures on specific regions or time periods. After graduation you are thus an expert in the field of your choice, in relation to a specific area.
Career prospectsOur graduates find employment as:
- field archaeologists
- PhD candidates at Leiden University or other universities
- policy advisors at governmental institutes or NGOs
- consultants with independent or commercial companies
- museum curators
- cultural resource managers (Heritage)
- university or secondary school teachers
- public relations officers
- project managers
- digital education officers at museums
- digital specialists
More informationVisit official programme website
Programme StructureScientific Methodology in Archaeology
- This introductory course intends to provide an overview of key concepts and methods used in the archaeological sciences.
- As an introductory course to the MSc programme, this course will be based on lectures and the study of literature. Hands-on, practical courses will then be offered by the different specialisations within the MSc programme.
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Deadline passed, International
- Deadline passed, EEA/EU
- Deadline passed, National
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DisciplinesArchaeology History View 47 other Masters in History in Netherlands
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A copy of a valid passport or ID card
- A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
- CV (résumé)
- Language proficiency (if applicable)
- Copies of diplomas and transcripts
- Writing sample
- Programme overview form
- Letters of recommendation
- Letter of motivation
International18300 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 18300 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA2143 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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