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MA Archaeology (research)

Course Description

The Research Master’s Programme in Archaeology at Leiden University focuses on the excellent research which has earned the Archaology faculty its international reputation. This advanced two-year programme is aimed towards students interested in top-quality interdisciplinary research projects covering a wide cultural and regional range. As a student, you will gain solid research skills. At the same time, you will also have the chance to study methodological, theoretical and scientific-philosophical aspects of your specialisation of choice.

Visit the website: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/archaeology-research/en/introduction

Course detail

This Research Master’s in Archaeology is the most diverse in the Netherlands. The programme offers seven regional and thematic specialisations. The faculty staff are involved in projects all over the world, which include field archaeology. This allows students, where relevant, to gain practical experience in archaeological field work. The internationally renowned staff combines in-depth expertise in a specific cultural area with knowledge of the latest developments in archaeological research.


- Archaeological Heritage in a Globalising World (research)
- Bioarchaeology (research)
- Human Origins (research)
- Prehistoric Farming Communities in Northwestern Europe (research)
- Religion and Society in Native American Cultures (research)
- The Transformation of the Roman World (research)
- Town and Country in the Mediterranean Region and the Near East (research)

Within the seven specialisations, courses are aimed at the intensification and broadening of your knowledge base and the development of research and publication skills. As a research master’s student, you will be encouraged and supported to visit international conferences, to contribute to international workshops, and to take courses at related (international) institutions.

How to apply: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/admission


For information regarding funding, please visit the website: http://prospectivestudents.leiden.edu/scholarships/

Visit the MA Archaeology (research) page on the Leiden University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Leiden Excellence Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

1. Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master's degree programme starting February 2017 or September 2017. All MA, MSc and LLM programmes that are mentioned on the website Master's programmes in Leiden are eligible for LExS, but note that some programmes have a start date in September only.
2. Students of all nationalities enrolling in the Advanced Master programmes in the list below starting February 2017 or September 2017.
Note that the programmes listed below have a September start date only, with the exception of Advanced Studies in Air & Space Law: ◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Air & Space Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European & International Business Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Tax Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Public International Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Civil & Commercial Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Law & Digital Technologies
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European Tax Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European & International Human Rights Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Children's Rights
◦MSc in International Relations & Diplomacy
Additional requirements1.In his or her prior academic education abroad, the applicant must have achieved excellent study results which are relevant for the programme for which the student wishes to enrol. As an indication, the student will be among the top 10% for the relevant programme followed abroad. We do not need proof of this, it is just to indicate the competitiveness of the scholarship. 2.The applicant will hold a non-EU/EEA passport and will not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans ("Studiefinanciering"; more information). This requirement does not apply to applicants who apply for a LExS for programmes mentioned under point 2 "For whom". 3.Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who have already obtained a Leiden University master’s degree with the exception of students applying for a Master programme for which a specified previous Master programme or work experience is mandatory (the LLM advanced masters qualify as such). 4.Students who are granted a LExS must comply with and confirm in writing their agreement with the Rules and Regulations attached to the scholarship prior to the granting of the scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)



A scholarship for excellent non-EU/EEA students.Scholarship AmountThe Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme has three awards: •€ 10.000 of the tuition fee •€ 15.000 of the tuition fee •Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee The number and type of award of the scholarship depends on the budget available for each Faculty department. The type of award has no reflection on the students' academic level of excellence. Please be aware that the LExS is not a full scholarship.

Application Procedure

1. Fill in your online application for admission to Leiden University.Deadline 1 October 2016 for all programmes starting in February 2017. Deadline for programmes starting September 2017 •All programmes except law:
1 February 2017 •Law programmes:
1 March 2017

2. Upload all required documents.

3. Indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page. Please note that if you apply for more than one master's programme, you have to indicate that you apply for the LExS scholarship for all these programmes seperately.

4. Upload your letter of motivation for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page.

5. Submit your online application.

6. Pay the application fee of € 100. 7. The selection committee of the relevant faculty will review the applications. Students are selected on the basis of academic merit.

8. All LExS applicants will be informed by the scholarship department of Student Educational Affairs about the outcome of the selection procedure.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A BA in Archaeology with an average final mark of 7.5 over the last two years; An 8 or higher for the bachelor’s thesis; Proof of English Proficiency IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 575/232/90 evidenced by an appropriate test. This last requirement does not apply if you have:completed your education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate, or a Dutch bachelor’s diploma

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