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The award
MA

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 11500

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About Archaeology at University of Groningen

Are you interested in archaeology, and want to pursue a research career? Do you want a programme which combines intensive training and a flexible structure? Then this is the programme for you.

The aim of the two-year Research Master in Archaeology is toprovide you with the theoretical abilities and methodologicalskills which will enable you to become a successful researcher. You will develop a thorough understanding of key debates inarchaeology, develop a critical attitude and acquire essentialorganizational, networking and teaching skills. Most importantly,you can tailor the programme to your needs and special interests.The Research Master in Archaeology has a broad geographical andchronological coverage - from the Arctic and NorthwesternEurope to the Mediterranean and the Near East, from the Mesolithicto historical archaeology.

In addition, the programme will increase your chances in the jobmarket: You can do an internship, or become research assistant; you will also be trained in writing peer-reviewed articles, grantapplications and a PhD proposal.

In the first year, you will attend three compulsory courses, butcan choose two courses yourself.
In the second year, you will once more attend two compulsorycourses, and one elective. You will complete the programme bywriting a thesis on a topic which you can choose yourself.

Are you interested in archaeology, and want to pursue a research career? Do you want a programme which combines intensive training and a flexible structure? Then this is the programme for you.

The aim of the two-year Research Master in Archaeology is toprovide you with the theoretical abilities and methodologicalskills which will enable you to become a successful researcher. You will develop a thorough understanding of key debates inarchaeology, develop a critical attitude and acquire essentialorganizational, networking and teaching skills. Most importantly,you can tailor the programme to your needs and special interests.The Research Master in Archaeology has a broad geographical andchronological coverage - from the Arctic and NorthwesternEurope to the Mediterranean and the Near East, from the Mesolithicto historical archaeology.

In addition, the programme will increase your chances in the jobmarket: You can do an internship, or become research assistant; you will also be trained in writing peer-reviewed articles, grantapplications and a PhD proposal.

In the first year, you will attend three compulsory courses, butcan choose two courses yourself.
In the second year, you will once more attend two compulsorycourses, and one elective. You will complete the programme bywriting a thesis on a topic which you can choose yourself.

After your studies

Job prospects

Thanks to the Valetta Treaty on Archaeology, the job market in the Netherlands has been strong. These opportunities have nowdecreased, leading to a more diverse job market, within governmentand semi-government agencies, tourism, journalism and privateenterprises. Archaeology is traditionally strong in obtaininggrants for research projects, especially PhD projects.

Thanks to the Valetta Treaty on Archaeology, the job market in the Netherlands has been strong. These opportunities have nowdecreased, leading to a more diverse job market, within governmentand semi-government agencies, tourism, journalism and privateenterprises. Archaeology is traditionally strong in obtaininggrants for research projects, especially PhD projects.

Job examples

  • Commercial archaeological firms
  • Free-lance specialist
  • Musea
  • State archaeological service
  • Research institutes
  • Cultural institutes
  • PhD research
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 onwriting skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items).ERK level C1.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • Archaeology
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo further information
other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on anevaluation of degree certificates, individual results and thethesis or paper.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 onwriting skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items).ERK level C1.

previous education

Bachelor degree in:

  • Archaeology
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo further information
other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on anevaluation of degree certificates, individual results and thethesis or paper.

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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