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Masters in Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1 år
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
01 September 2022

About this program

Masters in Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

In the Master’s programme Mediterranean Archaeology, you will explore the material cultures and societies in the Mediterranean region, and their long history of interconnections and cultural exchanges from 2000 BCE onwards.

Mediterranean Archaeology

You will explore Mediterranean connectivity, especially that of Italy and Greece, study the role of ceramics in archaeology, and learn how material remains can help us to reconstruct societies and cultures of the past.

A rich research tradition

The Mediterranean Archaeology programme comprises both theoretical and thematic approaches and combines them with practical research. You can either participate in archaeological fieldwork, engage in individual tutorials in which you will work on material remains, or take part in staff members’ current research. Fieldwork is conducted in Italy, Greece and Turkey.

Why study archaeology in Amsterdam?

  • This Master’s degree programme is offered by two universities. The University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam combined their expertise on the field of ancient history and archaeology in the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). This merging of specialists from various academic disciplines creates a stimulating environment for collaboration and study.
  • A world-class education: both UvA and VU Amsterdam have excellent track record in fieldwork and research in the Mediterranean region.
  • The programme has forged strong ties with a number of archaeological institutions, such as the Allard Pierson Museum.
  • You will have hands-on experience in one of the UvA/VU Amsterdam’s research excavations or field survey projects.

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Admission requirements

The Master’s programme Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology is open for application to students with a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology from the UvA or VU Amsterdam, or a recognized equivalent from another accredited university.

The level of the Bachelor’s degree from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent).

On behalf of the Examinations Board, the Faculty’s Admission Board will review whether you meet the admission requirements.

English language requirements

Students applying for a Master’s degree programme should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level.

The proficiency requirement in English can be met by the successful completion of one of the examinations mentioned below, with the scores indicated. Only students who have completed a full high school/International Baccalaureate in English or Bachelor’s degree in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia may be exempted.

  • Cambridge English: Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B or C
  • IELTS: 7.0 overall band score, with a minimum of 6.5 on each item
  • TOEFL score
    paper based: 600, with a minimum of 55 in each of the subtests plus 4.0 in TWE
    internet based: 100, with a minimum of 20-23 in each of the subtests

Please note: tests must have been completed no more than two years before the start of the programme.

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Programme overview
The Master's programme Mediterranean Archaeology comprises three core courses and two shared courses. You can tailor the programme to your own interests by choosing an elective from a wide range of Master’s programmes. Each student must either do a research tutorial or an internship, and complete an individual Master’s thesis.

You can also develop an individual programme which combines courses from other ACASA Master’s programmes. A proposal for such an individual programme must be approved by the programme’s examination board.

Programme structure
The programme comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 18 credits for Core courses
  • 12 credits for Shared courses
  • 6 credits for Electives
  • 6 credits for Tutorial
  • 18 credits for a Master’s thesis

Core courses:
- Mediterranean Connectivity
- From Finds to People
- Ceramics in Archaeology

Shared courses:
- Cutting Edge in Archaeology: Human Mobility
- Archaeology, Heritage and Society

An elective can be chosen from a wide range of courses, in related fields such as archaeology, heritage studies, history, ancient studies or classics.

This Master’s programme includes an individual tutorial, in which you can either conduct your own archaeological research, head out to undertake fieldwork or do an internship at a museum or heritage institution.

You will learn essential skills for doing fieldwork, like analysing, reporting and presenting field data, but also managing and conducting fieldwork. You can develop these skills through a tutorial at one of UvA/VU Amsterdam’s current research locations in the Netherlands and in the Mediterranean, at fieldwork projects in Italy (Satricum and Muro Tenente), Turkey (Troy) and in Greece (Karystos and Halos). Archaeological fieldwork, which takes place in close cooperation with the local archaeological services, consists of excavations, field surveys, remote sensing and landscape analysis.

An important part of the programme, the Master’s thesis enables you to conduct original research under the supervision of one of the staff members. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser.


  • Tuition fee for EU: € 1,084
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 15,546


MA in Archaeology

Continuing studies

With a specialisation in Mediterranean Archaeology, you are exceptionally well equipped for a professional career in archaeological services or heritage management, for example. You can also pursue your studies at PhD level, work for a museum or educational institution or enter sectors such as journalism, tourism and publishing.

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They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

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As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

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