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Archaeology: Applied Archaeology

Leiden University

Master Postgraduate Leiden

Course description

Qualification Master of Arts
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary With Applied Archaeology at Leiden University, you become the archaeologist of the future. Work on the improvement of the skill base of your choice: from excavating to cultural heritage policy.
Course description What does this master's programme entail? Applied Archaeology will admit you into a lively, multifaceted community and gives you access to researchers experienced in field work techniques. You will improve your archaeological skill set, while always holding the academic perspective on archaeological techniques. In Applied Archaeology, you may follow your personal interests, and choose a matching career profile. What kind of archaeologist will you become? Will you focus on archaeological science, on fieldwork techniques, or rather on cultural heritage management? Next to your career profile, you will select a regional focus. Why Applied Archaeology at Leiden University? Benefit from our wide range of expertise. Match your preferred archaeological science methods with one of the regions we lecture on, from the Americas to the Near East. Study at a Faculty that has quite rightly earned a place in the top ten of archaeology research and teaching institutes in the world. Benefit from our large network in international research. Gain a solid basis for a national or international career in archaeology, heritage management, heritage policy or the museum world.
Study subjects Starting the programme, you will follow a general course in which you will formulate your professional strategy, choosing your career profile. Depending on your selected career profile, you will follow a general course in archaeological theory or scientific methodology.
Course objectives -
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 12 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes -
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department Faculty of Archaeology
Information about the institution High-quality education, a broad choice of programmes and all complemented with personal support make Leiden University the perfect option for successfully taking your studies to the next level.


Admission requirements
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 7
TOEFL internet based 100
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2019 15 Jun 2019 1 Apr 2019
1 Feb 2020 1 Dec 2019 15 Oct 2019
1 Sep 2020 15 Jun 2020 1 Apr 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2083€ 17500n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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