Archaeology: Landscape & Heritage

Study the dynamic past of landscapes. Discover the significance of archaeology as heritage.
Programme ofArchaeology
TitleLandscape and Heritage

In the one-year Master's degree programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage, you will study the dynamic past of both contemporary and historical landscapes, and you will explore the ways in which they are preserved and maintained as archaeological heritage.

Landscape and Heritage Archaeology
The specialization Landscape and Heritage focuses on the significance of historical landscapes and materials in both later periods and the modern world. Both the cultural and the more science-based approach of landscape archaeology are present in the programme. The side of archaeological heritage focuses on the multifaceted meanings of archaeological remains in modern society. Processes of preservation and management, the role of archaeology in spatial planning, and its societal impact in Europe are some of the key-issues that are being addressed in this Master’s programme.

Why study Archaeology in Amsterdam?

  • This Master’s degree programme is offered by two universities. The University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam combined their expertise on the field of ancient history and archaeology in the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). This merging of specialists from various academic disciplines creates a stimulating environment for collaboration and study.
  • A world-class education: both UvA and VU Amsterdam have leading international positions in the field of Landscape and Heritage, in research and in teaching.
  • The programme has forged strong ties with a number of archaeological institutions, such as the Allard Pierson Museum.
  • The opportunity to study historical archaeology at leading research universities in Amsterdam, a vibrant European hub with a rich historical and cultural heritage.
  • The programme draws close links between teaching and ongoing research.

Landscape and Heritage, specialization of the Master’s programme Archaeology, offers a one-year programme that explores the significance of landscapes and materials from the past in later periods and the modern world. Results from recent landscape research are combined with current debates on heritage.

Programme overview
The Master's programme Landscape and Heritage comprises three core courses and two shared courses. You can tailor the programme to your own interests by choosing an elective from a wide range of Master’s programmes. Each student must either do a research tutorial or an internship, and complete an individual Master’s thesis.

You can also develop an individual programme which combines courses from other ACASA Master’s programmes. A proposal for such an individual programme must be approved by the programme’s examination board.

Programme structure
The programme comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 18 credits for Core courses
  • 12 credits for Shared courses
  • 6 credits for Electives
  • 6 credits for Tutorial
  • 18 credits for a Master’s thesis

Core courses:
- Historical landscapes and Archaeological Heritage
- Archaeology, Museums and the Public
- Biography of Landscapes

Shared courses:
- Cutting Edge in Archaeology: Human Mobility
- Archaeology, Heritage and Society

Electives
An elective can be chosen from a wide range of courses, in related fields such as archaeology, heritage studies, history, ancient studies or classics.

Tutorial
This Master’s programme includes an individual tutorial, in which you can either conduct your own archaeological research, head out to undertake fieldwork or do an internship at a museum or heritage institution.

Fieldwork
You will learn essential skills for doing fieldwork, like analysing, reporting and presenting field data, but also managing and conducting fieldwork. You can develop these skills through a tutorial at one of UvA/VU Amsterdam’s current research locations in the Netherlands and in the Mediterranean, at fieldwork projects in Italy (Satricum and Muro Tenente), Turkey (Troy) and in Greece (Karystos and Halos). Archaeological fieldwork, which takes place in close cooperation with the local archaeological services, consists of excavations, field surveys, remote sensing and landscape analysis.

Thesis
An important part of the programme, the Master’s thesis enables you to conduct original research under the supervision of one of the staff members. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser.

Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage courses in the study guide.

Students who show exceptional promise during a Master’s programme are encouraged to continue their studies in one of our Research Master’s programmes. If you decide to switch programmes and are admitted before the start of the second semester, you will be able to transfer all credits earned in the first semester to your Research Master’s degree programme. In case you join later, the Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for the Research Master’s programme.

Within ACASA, there are two Research Master’s programmes, which would be suitable for a continuation of your studies:

Once you enrol at VU Amsterdam, you will also automatically be enrolled as an guest student at the UvA. You will receive a diploma from VU Amsterdam once all of the course components have been successfully completed. If you enrolled at the UvA, the exact opposite applies. You will therefore receive one diploma from the university at which you originally enrolled.

Landscape and Heritage is an accredited degree programme of Archaeology. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Archaeology and the title Master of Arts (MA).

The Master's programme Landscape and Heritage prepares you for a broad range of career opportunities.

The Job Market
Students graduating with a Master’s degree Archaeology can be employed in positions requiring in-depth knowledge of archaeology. They also find their way into other jobs requiring a range of academic skills. Examples of sectors in which students who have followed this programme have found positions include:

  • commercial archaeological research
  • local, national or international heritage management
  • the public presentation of archaeology
  • the broad cultural heritage sector including:
    • museums
    • archives
    • journalism
    • cultural tourism

An Academic Career
Graduates can also continue to do a PhD programme at VU Amsterdam, another Dutch university or a university abroad. When pursuing an academic career, it is advisable to discuss the possibility of joining a two-year Research Master's programme.

Ernst Maas

Student

Ernst

“Following the Master's programme Archaeology at 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.”

Dutch Students

The Master’s programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage is open for application to students with a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology from the UvA or VU Amsterdam, or a recognized equivalent from another accredited university.
The level of the Bachelor’s degree from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent).

On behalf of the Examinations Board, the Faculty’s Admissions Board will review whether you meet the admission requirements.

Dutch students of the HBO programme Archaeology at Saxion (Deventer) are eligible for admission to the Master’s programme Archaeology if they have followed the PlusProgramme at Saxion and in addition the Doorstroomminor Archeologie (30 EC) at the university of their choice. Students from Saxion who wish to follow the ‘Doorstroomminor’, need to register as ‘bijvakstudent’ at VU Amsterdam.

All students applying for the Master’s programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage must register via Studielink before June 1st.

After you have applied for the Master’s programme in Studielink, you will receive two emails with your login details for VUnet (VU Amsterdam’s studentportal). Please complete your application in VUnet. Don’t forget to fill in the Master’s programme specialization: Landscape and Heritage.

Next to this, the following required documents should be send to: toelating.fgw@vu.nl

  • application form (Dutch)
  • transcript of records (scan of original)
  • motivation letter
  • curriculum vitae

On behalf of the Examinations Board, the Faculty’s Admissions Board will review your application. You will be notified via Studielink.

See the Application for Dutch Students page for more information on application.

For questions about the programme
Please contact the programme coordinator:

Prof.dr. Gert-Jan Burgers
E: g.l.m.burgers@vu.nl

Come meet us at the next Master's Event!

Enrico de Benedictis

Alumnus

Enrico de Benedictis

“Attending the Master's programme Archaeology at VU Amsterdam was a important professional and personal experience. It gave me the chance to improve my approach to the discipline, and it showed me the importance of archaeology in contemporary society. This experience has also helped me to critically analyze and better understand the society in which we live, and its complex dynamics.”

International Students

The Master’s programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage is open for application to students with a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology from the UvA or VU Amsterdam, or a recognized equivalent from another accredited university.
The level of the Bachelor’s degree from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent).

On behalf of the Examinations Board, the Faculty’s Admissions Board will review whether you meet the admission requirements.

English language requirements
Students applying for a Master’s degree programme should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level.

The proficiency requirement in English can be met by the successful completion of one of the examinations mentioned below, with the scores indicated. Only students who have completed a full high school/International Baccalaureate in English or Bachelor’s degree in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia may be exempted.

  • Cambridge English: Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B or C
  • IELTS: 7.0 overall band score, with a minimum of 6.5 on each item
  • TOEFL score
    paper based: 600, with a minimum of 55 in each of the subtests plus 4.0 in TWE
    internet based: 100, with a minimum of 20-23 in each of the subtests

Please note: tests must have been completed no more than two years before the start of the programme.

See the Admission and language requirements page for further information on the general requirements.

If you are interested in a scholarship, you need to apply for both the Master's programme and the scholarship.

Learn more about Scholarships.

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.

You can find all information on the application procedure on the Admission and Language Requirements page.

Step 1: Meet admission criteria

Step 2: Prepare documents and apply online
Please prepare the following documents. All documents should be provided in English.

  • Copy of your valid passport or ID (ID only for EU residents)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation Letter
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcript of records
  • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing, at least 5 pages plus a list of used literature)
  • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
  • A list of all the main literature used during your previous higher education

After you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.

Step 3: Await decision on admission
On behalf of the Examinations Board, the Faculty’s Admissions Board will review your application. 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.

Step 4: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. On the Admission and Language Requirements page 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:

For questions about the programme
Please contact the programme coordinator:

Prof.dr. Gert-Jan Burgers
E: g.l.m.burgers@vu.nl

For practical questions regarding your application
Please contact our International Student Advisor:

Irena Paap
E: masters.hum@vu.nl
T: +31 (20) 59 85252

Come meet us at the next Master's Event!

CLUE+ Research Institute
Visit the website of CLUE+: the interfaculty Research Institute for Culture, Cognition, History and Heritage of VU Amsterdam.

Gert-Jan Burgers

professor in Mediterranean Archaeology

Gert-Jan Burgers

"This programme offers excellent opportunities to experience archaeological heritage through the lens of landscape and learn how to plan and design such landscapes for people to live in."

Overview Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

1 year

TUITION FEE

APPLICATION DEADLINE

1 June

START DATE

1 September

STUDY TYPE

Full-time

SPECIALIZATIONS


FIELD OF INTEREST

Art, Culture and History

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