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What will I learn?

The master’s specialisation in Applied Archaeology offers you a brand-new academic programme to start your professional career in archaeology. This unique specialisation is a collaboration of Leiden University and Saxion University of Applied Sciences.

What does this master's programme entail?

Applied Archaeology will teach you:

  • How to execute critical and reflective research in a professional context;
  • To develop a sense of how archaeology and heritage management are intertwined;
  • How to apply prospective and excavation methods and give professional advice on the results of (prospective) research;
  • To take into account the academic, societal, ethical and financial considerations of a project;
  • How to present archaeological information to a variety of stakeholders;
  • The best ways to contribute to societal debates and to the future of archaeology.

You will not merely be an archaeology student at our Faculty; you will be part of a lively, multifaceted and international community. Through direct and personal access to researchers experienced in archaeology and heritage you will improve your archaeological skill set, while forming and expanding your academic perspective on archaeological techniques. The MA Applied Archaeology offers a perfect blend of theory and practice.

Forging your own path

In Applied Archaeology, you follow your personal interests, and choose a matching career profile and regional focus. Depending on your profile, you can choose to write your assignments of the Applied-courses, as well as the graduation project, in English or Dutch. What kind of archaeologist will you become? Will you focus on fieldwork, on policy-making, public archaeology, or rather on heritage management? In the Applied Archaeology programme you get to plot your own course!

Why Applied Archaeology at Leiden University?

  • Benefit from our wide range of expertise. Match your preferred archaeological interests with one of the many regions we lecture on.
  • Study at a Faculty that has quite rightly earned a place in the top ten of archaeology research and teaching institutes in the world.
  • Be part of our large network in national and international research and in professional archaeology.
  • Gain a solid basis for a career in archaeology, heritage management or heritage policy.
  • Get the best of both worlds through the unique partnership of Leiden University and Saxion University of Applied Sciences.
  • Improve your practical skills in our cutting-edge laboratories.

Our graduates find employment as:

  • field archaeologists
  • researchers
  • PhD candidates at Leiden University or other universities
  • policy advisors at governmental institutes or NGOs
  • consultants with independent or commercial companies
  • museum curators
  • cultural resource managers (Heritage)
  • university or secondary school teachers
  • journalists
  • publishers
  • public relations officers
  • project managers
  • digital education officers at museums
  • digital specialists

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Archaeology

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (14,47,386) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,



2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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