Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

Material culture and cultural interconnections in the Mediterranean
Programme ofArchaeology
TitleMediterranean Archaeology

In the Master’s programme Mediterranean Archaeology, you will explore the material cultures and societies in the Mediterranean region, and their long history of interconnections and cultural exchanges from 2000 BCE onwards.

Mediterranean Archaeology
You will explore Mediterranean connectivity, especially that of Italy and Greece, study the role of ceramics in archaeology, and learn how material remains can help us to reconstruct societies and cultures of the past.

A rich research tradition
The Mediterranean Archaeology programme comprises both theoretical and thematic approaches and combines them with practical research. You can either participate in archaeological fieldwork, engage in individual tutorials in which you will work on material remains, or take part in staff members’ current research. Fieldwork is conducted in Italy, Greece and Turkey.

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 excellent track record in fieldwork and research in the Mediterranean region.
  • The programme has forged strong ties with a number of archaeological institutions, such as the Allard Pierson Museum.
  • You will have hands-on experience in one of the UvA/VU Amsterdam’s research excavations or field survey projects.

Programme overview
The Master's programme Mediterranean Archaeology 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:
- Mediterranean Connectivity
- From Finds to People
- Ceramics in Archaeology

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: Mediterranean Archaeology 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 Mediterranean Archaeology 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.

Andrea Ward

Student

Andrea

“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.” 

Dutch Students

The Master’s programme Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology 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 Admission 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: Mediterranean Archaeology 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: Mediterranean Archaeology.

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. Jan Paul Crielaard
E: j.p.crielaard@vu.nl

Come meet us at the next Master's Event!

Jan Paul Crielaard

Professor in Mediterranean Archaeology

crielaard-jp

“One of the strengths of the Amsterdam Mediterranean Archaeology programme is the combination of theory and practice which challenges students with various kinds of academic interests and practical skills.”

International Students

The Master’s programme Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology 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 Admission 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 Admission 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. Jan Paul Crielaard
E: j.p.crielaard@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.

Overview Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

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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