Archaeology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
The M.A. in Archaeology is offered by the University of Groningen. You can choose between the Master's track in Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology and the Master's track in Prehistory and Protohistory of Northwest Europe. 

About

The M.A. in Archaeology is offered by the University of Groningen. Both tracks include different specializations: Bioarchaeology and Maritime Archaeology, while a third specialization, Arctic Archaeology is included under the programme Prehistory and Protohistory of Northwestern Europe. All tracks and specializations will teach you to tackle archaeological problems in a scientific way.

In the first semester, you will discuss the role of archaeology in contemporary society and explore the relation between archaeology and politics. You will strengthen your knowledge of archaeological theories that are used in collecting and interpreting data. We offer you a large variety of research projects in which you can participate, from the Near East to the Arctic region. In the second semester, you have to do an internship. Finally, you will finish your degree with a thesis.

Job prospects

Thanks to the Valetta Treaty on Archaeology, the job market in the Netherlands has been strong. These opportunities have now decreased, leading to a more diverse job market, within government and semi-government agencies, tourism, journalism and private enterprises. Archaeology is traditionally strong in obtaining grants for research projects, especially PhD projects. The MA in Archaeology is delivered at University of Groningen.

Job examples

  • Commercial archaeological firms
  • Free-lance specialist
  • Musea
  • State archaeological service
  • Research institutes
  • Cultural institutes
  • PhD research

Programme Structure

Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology (track)

Why were some people buried with gifts when others were not? In this track, you will learn to find the answer to this and other puzzles of Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology. You will strengthen your knowledge of archaeological theories that are used in collecting and interpreting data. In addition, you will carry out research in an excavation project in Greece or Italy. 

Prehistory and Proto-history (track)

How can you infer from seeds or bones why people settled in a certain area? In this track, you will learn to find the answer to this and other puzzles of the archaeology of north-western Europe. In the courses on Wetland Archaeology, you will investigate the choice of location for all sorts of human activity. In addition, you will carry out research in an excavation project on a site in north-western Europe.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:

    90

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Academic Requirements

Requirements:
  • Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). ERK level B2 (preferably C1).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    11400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11400 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Groningen

750 - 1000 EUR/month
Living Costs

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

Funding

Are you a non-EU/EEA student from Mexico, Russia, China, Brasil, or Indonesia, starting a Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant, Faculty of Arts, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

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