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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


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Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Delve into the archaeological history of Europe and the Mediterranean
Are you looking for a world-class education in the archaeology of Europe and the adjacent Mediterranean area? Want to get hands-on experience doing fieldwork at archaeological sites?

 

The Master's degree programme in Archaeology will immerse you in the material culture of Europe’s past from the Bronze Age until the Early Modern Period. Depending on your own area of interest, you’ll choose one of two tracks – each with distinctive profiles:


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Mediterranean Archaeology

The Master’s degree programme in Archaeology is offered jointly by two universities. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) and VU Amsterdam have combined their expertise in the fields of Archaeology, Ancient History and Classics in the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). This merging of specialisations encourages collaboration and extends the options when it comes to the supervision of your Master’s thesis.

The programme is made up of four compulsory core courses, two research labs, an individual assignment and your Master’s thesis.

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The study programme

In your first semester, you’ll take two courses to get you acquainted with archaeology and its most recent developments in theory and research. The first course introduces you to cutting-edge archaeological research on the issue of human mobility, of both voluntary and forced migration, studied from multiple sources and angles. The second course focuses on historical archaeology. Since our research and teaching focus on periods for which textual evidence is important, familiarity with the theories and methods of historical archaeology is required.

In your second semester, you’ll take courses to prepare you for the labour market:  Digital Practice in Archaeology, and Archaeology, Heritage and Society. At the same time, you’ll participate in two research labs and do an individual research assignment or a short internship. The two research labs focus on archaeological interpretation and the study of archaeological materials – you’ll work in small groups and report on your findings. You’ll finish the year by writing a Master’s thesis on a subject of your own choice.

 

Summary

If you decide to follow the Mediterranean Archaeology track, you’ll focus more on the history of the ancient Mediterranean world – from the Bronze Age until the Early Modern Period.

The structure of the programme is the same for both tracks.

However, you’ll specialise in Mediterranean Archaeology during the research labs, which are separate for each track. With the explicit aim of developing your knowledge in your chosen area of specialisation, these tutorials are related to research projects by ACASA Archaeology staff members who are experts in Mediterranean Archaeology. Your individual research assignment and Master’s thesis may also be on a topic of your choice within your area of specialisation.


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Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

After graduating with a Master’s degree in Archaeology, you’ll not only have in-depth knowledge of archaeology – you’ll also have a range of other academic skills, including research, critical thinking, fieldwork and analytical skills.

 

All of these are highly valuable in today’s job market, whether or not you choose to follow an archaeology-related career. Get ready for a career in the cultural heritage sector or commercial archeological research with your Master’s degree in Archaeology at VU Amsterdam.


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Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

I have an international degree


The Master’s programme Archaeology is open for application to students with a Bachelor’s degree in:

  • Archaeology, or
  • Geo-archaeology, Ancient Studies, Anthropology, History (with demonstrable relationship to Ancient Studies), or a similar degree programme with a minimum of 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies) taken in the field of Archaeology.

 

You must demonstrate the following knowledge, understanding and skills:

  • Knowledge and understanding: knowledge and understanding of current research methods and theories within the field of Archaeology or Ancient Studies
  • Knowledge and understanding: basic knowledge and understanding of the material culture and historical frameworks of Mediterranean or European Archaeology
  • Skills: the ability to carry out a survey of (material) sources and secondary literature and to derive from this a ‘status quaestionis’

 

 

Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. You can apply online without having the test results, but in case you haven’t taken a test yet we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the English-taught programmes at the Faculty of Humanities:

  • TOEFL score 600 paper based with a minimum of 55 in each of the subtests plus 4.0 in TWE, score 250 computer based or score 100 internet based with a minimum of 20-23 (in each of the subtests).
  • IELTS score of 7.0 overall band score (with none of the separate section scores dropping below a minimum score of 6.5).
  • Cambridge English: Cambridge Proficiency Exam with score A, B, or C; or Cambridge Advanced Exam with score A, B, or C.

 

Exemptions from providing the English test scores are applicable to students, who:

  • have completed an English-taught secondary or higher education degree in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia; or
  • have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an English-taught programme accredited by NVAO in the Netherlands, or
  • have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an accredited English-taught programme in another member state of the European Union

 

I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor's degree, VU premaster or Bachelor's degree at another university)

 

The Master’s programme Archaeology is open for application to students with a Bachelor’s degree in:

  • Archaeology, or
  • Geo-archaeology, Ancient Studies, Anthropology, History (with demonstrable relationship to Ancient Studies), or a similar degree programme with a minimum of 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies) taken in the field of Archaeology.

 

You must demonstrate the following knowledge, understanding and skills:

  • Knowledge and understanding: knowledge and understanding of current research methods and theories within the field of Archaeology or Ancient Studies
  • Knowledge and understanding: basic knowledge and understanding of the material culture and historical frameworks of Mediterranean or European Archaeology
  • Skills: the ability to carry out a survey of (material) sources and secondary literature and to derive from this a ‘status quaestionis’

 

Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

New Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level. Please check carefully whether you already meet the English language requirements or whether you need to arrange to take an official English language test.


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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


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Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Humanities, Science & Mathematics

Degree

Master

Language

English

Start

winter semester - September

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 1 year

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 16060 EUR / year

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Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Humanities, Science & Mathematics

Degree

Master

Language

English

Start

winter semester - September

Application deadline

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 1 year

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 16060 EUR / year

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