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.

As of the academic year 2020-2021, this specialization will no longer be offered. Check the webpage of the Master's degree programme Archaeology for the new study programme, with the specializations European Archaeology and Mediterranean Archaeology.

Why study Archaeology in Amsterdam?

  • This Master’s programme offers the opportunity to gain a world-class education in the archaeology of Europe and the adjacent Mediterranean area at a leading European university;
  • You will gain hands-on experience of working with archaeological material from sites across the Mediterranean and Europe;
  • You will be able to follow and develop your personal interests, among others by tapping into the wide array of expertise of eminent scholars at the UvA and VU Amsterdam;
  • Teaching takes place in small group classes with direct personal contact with tutors;
  • As a student, you will profit from the programme’s collaboration with institutions such as the municipal archaeological service and the Allard Pierson Museum;
  • Amsterdam is an international metropolis with a small-city feel. It is a welcoming place to live and study and English is widely spoken.

Ernst Maas



“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.”

Enrico de Benedictis


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.”

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."