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Do you want to follow an excellent, new, international, fully English-speaking Master course? Discover one of the new Master's tracks in Archaeology at Groningen University!

You can choose between the Master's track in Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology and the Master's track in Prehistory and Protohistory of Northwest Europe. Both tracks include different specializations: a specialization with the name of the track, a specialization in Bioarchaeology, while a third specialization, Arctic Archaeology, can be followed under the track Prehistory and Protohistory of Northwestern Europe. All tracks and their specializations will teach you to tackle archaeological problems in a scientific way.

In the first semester, you will be introduced to the archaeological practice and its multidisciplinary character. You will discuss the role of archaeology in contemporary society and explore the relation between archaeology and politics. You will strengthen your knowledge of archaeological theories that are used in collecting and interpreting data. In addition, you will carry out research in an excavation project. If you choose the track Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology, you will work on a project in Greece, Italy, Turkey or Egypt. Does your preference go to Prehistory and Protohistory of Northwestern Europe, then you will carry out your research at a site in that region, or in the Arctic.

In the second semester, you have to do an internship. Finally, you will finish your degree with a thesis.

Elsevier: Master's programme Archaeology University of Groningen best of the Netherlands.

Do you want to follow an excellent, new, international, fully English-speaking Master course? Discover one of the new Master's tracks in Archaeology at Groningen University!

You can choose between the Master's track in Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology and the Master's track in Prehistory and Proto-history of Northwest Europe. Both tracks include different specializations: a specialization with the name of the track, a specialization in Bioarchaeology, while a third specialization, Arctic Archaeology, can be followed under the track Prehistory and Protohistory of Northwestern Europe. All tracks and their specializations will teach you to tackle archaeological problems in a scientific way.

In the first semester, you will discuss the role of archaeology in contemporary society and explore the relation between archaeology and politics. You will strengthen your knowledge of archaeological theories that are used in collecting and interpreting data. We offer you a large variety of research projects in which you can participate, from the Near East to the Arctic region. In the second semester, you have to do an internship. Finally, you will finish your degree with a thesis.

Elsevier : Master's programme Archaeology University of Groningen best of the Netherlands.

More about this programme
  • Programme movie

    Exhibition 'Uncovered stories' at the University Museum (Groningen)

    Fourteen University of Groningen Archaeology students have put together an exhibition at the University Museum entitled Verborgen Verhalen (Uncovered Stories). Using appealing objects from the collection of the Groningen Institute of Archaeology, they explain why archaeologists preserve so many items and what can still be done with these. New technology for studying objects leads to new insights.

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    – Programme movie
  • Testimonial of

    Daniël Postma about the 'Turf House Project'

  • Testimonial of

    Student Rick Broekroelofs about 'block lifting' on Crustumerium

  • Testimonial of

    Prof. Attema about Crustumerium

  • Testimonial of

    Archaeological fieldwork in Italy

  • Testimonial of Jasper Huis In 't Veld

    Project Leader at RAAP Archaeological Consultancy

    'I am a project leader at RAAP Archaeological Consultancy. I conduct archaeological research, which covers everything from fieldwork to reporting. In the Netherlands, construction projects that involve ground-disturbing activities (such as digging foundations) must always be preceded by an archaeological survey. These surveys are usually performed by commercial companies like RAAP.

    I particularly enjoy the variety between excavating and processing. During excavations you're out in the fresh air – and sometimes in the pouring rain – and get into contact with all kinds of people and situations. Sometimes we even find really exciting artefacts. This is followed by the relatively quiet phase of reporting, where you sit behind the PC and try to put all pieces of the puzzle together. These two tasks are very different from each other, but I like them both very much.

    I always had part-time jobs during my studies – but unfortunately I still ended up with a significant student debt. I also worked as an editor for TMA (Tijdschrift voor Mediterrane Archeologie), the journal for Mediterranean Archaeology, for quite some time and I did a lot of committee work. 

    My view of the future? To continue to solve exciting, challenging archaeological problems for years to come!'

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    – Jasper Huis In 't Veld
  • Testimonial of Sander Berendsen

    Many people are interested in our past and archaeology can help us feed this curiosity

    Students of Archaeology choose a track in one of two specific fields of study: Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology, or Prehistory and Protohistory of Northwest Europe, which focuses more on the archaeology of the Netherlands in relation to the wider European context.

    I chose the former because I wanted bridge the gap between the two and study Mediterranean Archaeology not just in the Southern European setting usually preferred by scholars in this field, but also in its provincial, Dutch setting. After all, the Roman Empire stretched not only from Alexandria and Constantinople to Rome but also to the little country that we now call the Netherlands.

    The Master's track in Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology allowed me a great deal of freedom to pursue this avenue of research: many course units and programmes are designed so that students can follow their own interests within the broad field of Mediterranean Archaeology.

    One course unit taken by every Master's student is 'Archaeology of Today', which pushes students to think in new and different ways about the role of archaeology in Dutch and European society. Examining the political relevance of archaeology and public awareness of it (through museums, for example) was very thought-provoking. Considering how Mediterranean and Dutch archaeology could be useful in real life made us go beyond writing academic papers to address how archaeology can be relevant in European and Dutch society today.

    After this Master's track, I hope to start working with the public in a museum where new research and the beautiful remains of our past are accessible to everyone. Many people are interested in our past and archaeology can help us feed this curiosity. By making the past tangible and human, everybody can see and experience how things used to be and where we come from.

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    – Sander Berendsen
  • Testimonial of Nynke de Vries

    I would like to get a job as a field archaeologist

    I chose Prehistory and Protohistory of Northwest Europe as this track best matched my interests and plans for the future. The good contacts between lecturers, students and staff here, and the fact that Groningen has been marked as an outstanding degree programme, made it a logical choice to come to do this Master's in Groningen.

    One of the strong points of the Master's track in my view is the excellent supervision by lecturers. They are really interested, and also suggest topics that they think might interest you. Because the group of students is small, everyone knows what everyone is working on, including the lecturers. The small scale of the institute, where everyone knows everyone else, makes it a really nice place to study.

    In addition, the programme has been changing a lot in recent years. The focus is shifting more to better preparation of students for the job market. So it's a very up-to-date and hands-on approach while simultaneously testing out the best ways to teach this.

    After I finish my Master's degree I would like to get a job as a field archaeologist. In order to realize this I need lots of experience, and that's what I'm trying to gain during my studies. At home and abroad. I don't really mind where I end up as long as I have a spade in my hand.

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    – Nynke de Vries
  • Testimonial of Jorn Seubers

    PhD student in Italian Archaeology

    I had my sights set on a career as a researcher, so I applied for the Research Master's degree programme in Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology. This programme enabled me to delve more deeply into the subjects that interested me, in particular the Iron Age in central Italy. During my studies I not only learnt to write academic articles, I also gained a lot of practical experience.

    The programme offered lots of freedom, enabling me to explore various options both in the Netherlands and abroad. For example, I spent six months studying in Pisa, and I worked in Greece and Italy. Once I had completed my degree in Archaeology I started looking for a job in the Netherlands.

    Unfortunately there were no suitable research positions available at the time, and commercial archaeology turned out not to be my thing. I stumbled upon the IT sector and spent five years working my way up to become a technical team leader. But archaeology always stayed in the back of my mind. In 2011 I found a job as researcher at the University of Groningen – a bit like coming home.

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    – Jorn Seubers
Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Archaeology
Croho code
60805
Course type
Master
Language of instruction
English (100%)
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Start
February, SeptemberFebruary, September
Programme form
full-time
Faculty
Arts

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