|Track||Archaeology of Northwestern Europe|
||• Cultural dynamics in the Late Iron Age and Roman period
• The Medieval and Early Modern world
Master's Students in Archaeology of North Western Europe can choose one of the following specializations:
This specialisation explores the integration of Celtic/Germanic societies of the Iron Age into the Roman Empire. Archaeological analyses of results from recent fieldwork and material culture studies are combined with current debates about integration processes, regionality, globalisation and interconnectivity.
This specialisation focuses on the study of the origins and developments of cities (especially Amsterdam) in conjunction with developments in landscape, as well as the settlement and agrarian strategies in various Dutch landscapes.
The programme comprises 60 ECTS credits:
Students are allowed to compose a programme with a deviant selection of courses. Their proposal needs approval of the ACASA examination board. A wide range of electives can be chosen from the master’s programmes of Archaeology, Landscape and Heritage, and History.
The Archaeology of Northwestern Europe programme includes an individual tutorial in which you can either conduct your own archaeological research, head out to the field for fieldwork followed by the writing of a protocol book or do an internship at a museum or heritage institution.
You learn the skills you need for doing fieldwork. Apart from analysing, reporting and presenting field data, these skills also include managing and conducting fieldwork, e.g. making reasoned choices, adhering to deadlines, delegating tasks and working within a group. You will learn these skills in the framework of a tutorial in a practical setting at one of ACASA's current research locations in the Netherlands and in the Mediterranean.
The Master’s thesis (18 ECTS) reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser.
1. Globalisation and interconnectivity in late prehistoric and Roman Europe
This specialisation explores the Celtic/Germanic societies of North-Western Europe during the Iron Age, and their integration into the Roman Empire. Archaeological analyses of results from recent fieldwork and material culture studies are combined with theoretical concepts and ideas about integration processes and their variation in space and time within the Roman Empire. Tutorials can be chosen from a wide range of subjects that offer the opportunity to participate in current research projects of our staff members.
2. The Medieval and Early Modern world
This specialisation a) focuses on the study of the origins and developments of cities in conjunction with developments in landscape, b) closely interlinks with current research in the Netherlands in general and the city of Amsterdam in particular.
An excellent preparation for the job market
When you hold a master's degree (MA) in the Archaeology of Northwest Europe, you are very well prepared for a professional career in archaeology. You will be fully qualified to work in Dutch commercial archaeology, and to eventually supervise your own archaeological fieldwork projects. You can also work with archaeological companies in other countries in Northwest Europe. Furthermore, you can find jobs in local, national or international heritage management institutions and public services, and in education, publishing and tourism.
A passion for research?The two-year Research Master’s programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations which includes the option of specialization in Archaeology is the perfect preparation for a further career in academia.
“Studying a Master’s degree in Archaeology at the VU is an excellent experience that exposes the student to an international learning environment. The dedicated academic staff are very approachable and their expertise allows for a variety of master classes that broaden your knowledge and skills with both theory and practice. The archaeology master’s program provides further opportunities to expand my learning experience with seminars and special lectures on different topics of research from all over Europe.”
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
1. Late Iron Age and Roman archaeology of Northwestern Europe
2. Medieval and early modern archaeology
FIELD OF INTEREST
Art, Culture and History
“Following an Archaeology master programme at the VU Amsterdam allows me to expand my knowledge about specific topics in Archaeology. Besides the possibility to improve my fieldwork skills, I am also challenged to think critically about relevant issues in Archaeology. The frequent fruitful discussions during lectures make me even more enthusiastic about my Master within Archaeology.”
“A fascinating topic of archaeology is the connectivity between the Celtic/Germanic world and the Roman Empire. I invite you to participate in the development of new narratives of this past and to make them relevant for our own society.”
Students with a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology are eligible for admission to the Master’s programme in Archaeology. Admission on the basis of other related Bachelor’s degrees is at the discretion of the Examination Board. They determine which modules, if any, you need to make up. If these amount to more than 60 credits, you will have to take a (short-track) Bachelor’s degree programme in Archaeology before you can start on the Master’s. If the deficit amounts to 60 credits or less, you will have to take a pre-Master’s Archaeology course tailored to your requirements by the Examination Board, after completion of which you will be admitted to the Master’s programme.
Application for Dutch students and international candidates with a Dutch degree
Students who wish to be admitted to the Master’s programme in Archaeology must register via Studielink for the degree course in Archaeology (60 ECTS credits) before June 1st.
After you have applied for the master in Studielink, you will receive two emails with your login details for VUnet (VU studentportal). Please complete your application in VUnet . Don’t forget to fill in your specialization on VUnet : Archaeology of North Western Europe.
Next to this, you'll need to provide all the documents containing the information we need to decide whether you are admissible. The following required documents should be send to: email@example.com
Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.In order to gain admission to one of our Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.
If you have read the admission criteria and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.
Step 1: Meet admission criteria
Step 2: Prepare documents and apply online
Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.
After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. After you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.
Step 3: Await decision on admission
The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!
Step 4: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation what to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at VU Amsterdam!
Further information about;
ACASA (Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology
Visit the ACASA website.
Meet us in Amsterdam!
For practical questions regarding your application please contact:
International Student Advisor
t +31 (20) 59 85252