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Archaeology - Mediterranean Archaeology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

12 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Theory meets practice in this unique Archaeology - Mediterranean Archaeology programme that’s offered jointly by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. 


In this Archaeology - Mediterranean Archaeology programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you’ll benefit from a strong theoretical focus as well as practice-oriented modules in which you’ll interpret field data and study archaeological materials first-hand.

The programme is made up of four core courses (24 EC), three research labs (18 EC), and your Master’s thesis (18 EC)

If you decide to follow the Mediterranean Archaeology track, you’ll focus more on the history of the ancient Mediterranean world – from the Bronze Age until the Early Modern Period.

However, you’ll specialise in Mediterranean Archaeology during the research labs, which are separate for each track. With the explicit aim of developing your knowledge in your chosen area of specialisation, these tutorials are related to research projects by ACASA Archaeology staff members who are experts in Mediterranean Archaeology. Your individual research assignment and Master’s thesis may also be on a topic of your choice within your area of specialisation.


After graduating with a Master’s degree in Archaeology, you’ll not only have in-depth knowledge of archaeology – you’ll also have a range of other academic skills, including research, critical thinking, fieldwork and analytical skills.

Pursue an academic career

Alternatively, you could decide to follow a PhD programme at VU Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam, or another university in the Netherlands or abroad. If you decide to pursue an academic career, it’s a good idea to discuss the possibility of switching to a two-year Research Master's programme.

Programme Structure

Mediterranean Archaeology courses
  • Problem Definition and Design (Mediterranean Archaeology)
  • Data Collection and Analysis (Mediterranean Archaeology)
  • Publication and Dissemination (Mediterranean Archaology)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

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

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    16830 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16830 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR for the full programme 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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