Maritime Archeology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
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Are you interested in the sea as a cultural and historical resource? Fascinated by shipwrecks and submerged settlements? The postgraduate programme in Maritime Archaeology offered by University of Southern Denmark is designed for students who are interested in a professional career in maritime archaeology and heritage management.


A two-year masters programme

The Maritime Archeology two-year masters programme at University of Southern Denmark was created with employability in mind. Our aim is not just to provide an education in maritime archaeology, but to prepare you for a career in this field. The course is structured around skills which are necessary in the fields of heritage management, consultancy and archaeological contract work, but also benefit students who want to follow a more traditional research oriented career path.

Commercial diver training

At the University of Southern Denmark students have the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognised commercial SCUBA diving qualification at very low cost. As an approved commercial diving school, the masters programme can issue the Danish “SCUBA erhvervsdykker” certificate (equivalent to HSE SCUBA).


As education is free in Denmark, the maritime archaeology masters course is free of charge for students from European Union/EEA countries. Only students from outside the EU/EEA are charged an annual tuition fee.

Career opportunities
Maritime archaeologists from the University of Southern Denmark are trained to work in the fields of underwater archaeology, wetland archaeology and coastal archaeology all over the world.The broad range of courses and topics offered at SDU will also prepare you for other aspects of the field. Possible career paths include:
  • Museum work and heritage management
  • Archaeological contractors specialising in maritime archaeology
  • Tourism management
  • Training at various levels
As an internationally recognised commercial diving qualification, the Danish commercial SCUBA certificate will further enhance your employability in the field.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of nine courses of 10 ECTS each. The final master thesis is equivalent to 30 ECTS. Semesters start in September and February, with exams normally being held in June and January.

The programme provides a thorough understanding of Maritime Archaeology, in both its practical and theoretical aspects. Students are encouraged to use empirical and theoretical approaches in examining the cultural and historical importance of the sea.

The programme also gives students splendid opportunities to work with the broad spectrum of methods in the field of maritime heritage. These include introductions to both the theory and practice of underwater surveying, remote sensing and field conservation.

At the University of Southern Denmark, we also believe it is important to give students a solid basis in management, which so often proves essential in careers in heritage management but also in museums, government institutions or elsewhere in the heritage industry.

With international teaching staff with backgrounds in heritage management, commercial diving and contract archaeology, our aim is not just to provide an education in maritime archaeology but to prepare you for a career in this field.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

To apply for the Master's programme in Maritime Archaeology, you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 90 ECTS within one or more of the following areas:
  • Archaeology,
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Geology
  • Biology
  • Oceanography,
  • Geography

You can also apply if you hold a similar degree. Once you apply, the Study Board will assess whether you degree is qualifying.

If your degree does not fulfill the entry requirements, the study board will decide whether you can follow one or more supplementary courses.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 6200 International
  • Free EU/EEA
  • Only students with a non-EU/EEA-citizenship or non-Swiss-citizenship have to pay tuition fees. 


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