12 months
16060 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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Are you looking for a world-class education in the archaeology of Europe and the adjacent Mediterranean area? Want to get hands-on experience doing fieldwork at archaeological sites? Then the Archaeology MA programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam – with its two distinct specialisations – may be the programme for you.

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The Archaeology MA programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam  gives you a world-class education in the archaeology of Europe and the adjacent Mediterranean area. You will obtain advanced skills that enable you to define relevant research questions, conduct independent research, and to report your findings according to the highest professional standards.

This Master’s is offered jointly by VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam – combining their expertise in Archaeology, Ancient History and Classics in the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). This merging of specialisations encourages collaboration and extends the options when it comes to the supervision of your Master’s thesis. Not only is the teaching strongly related to the research expertise of the staff, but you’ll also be a partner in research during your studies.

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A Master's degree in Archaeology prepares you for a broad range of career opportunities – some involving in-depth knowledge of archaeology, but many in other sectors that could benefit from your academic skills.

Graduates from the programme have found positions in commercial archaeological research; local, national or international heritage management agencies; the presentation of archaeology to the public; the broad cultural heritage sector, including museums, archives, journalism and cultural tourism; the IT sector; and even banking and business administration.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cutting Edge Archaeology: Human Mobility
  • Historical Archaeology: Theories and Concepts
  • Digital Archaeology: Modern Methodologies and Applications
  • Archaeology, Heritage and Society

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

The Master’s programme Archaeology is open for application to students with a Bachelor’s degree in:

  • Archaeology, or
  • Geo-archaeology, Ancient Studies, Anthropology, History (with demonstrable relationship to Ancient Studies), or a similar degree programme with a minimum of 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies) taken in the field of Archaeology.

You must demonstrate the following knowledge, understanding and skills:

  • Knowledge and understanding: knowledge and understanding of current research methods and theories within the field of Archaeology or Ancient Studies
  • Knowledge and understanding: basic knowledge and understanding of the material culture and historical frameworks of Mediterranean or European Archaeology
  • Skills: the ability to carry out a survey of (material) sources and secondary literature and to derive from this a ‘status quaestionis’

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

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