Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam hosts an internationally respected centre of learning and research in the field of Archaeology. Its staff is renowned for its high-quality teaching and research projects, having obtained numerous prestigious national and international grants. With strong links with archaeology, history and heritage institutions in the Netherlands and abroad, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Archaeology program provides a dedicated interdisciplinary and international research environment, and as such an outstanding working environment for students and staff.
The Master’s programme ‘Archaeology of North-Western Europe’ covers the period from the Iron Age until the Early Modern period. Within the program, there are two specialisations:
- Globalisation and interconnectivity in late prehistoric and Roman Europe
- The Medieval and Early Modern world
ACASA students benefit from the expertise of two universities. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has a leading position in research and teaching in the field of the Iron Age and the Roman era in Europe. Archaeology of the Middle Ages and of the early modern period is a specialism of the University of Amsterdam. Thus, the two universities together cover 3000 years of European archaeology.
The particular interest of this specialisation lies with settlement archaeology, the archaeology of ritual, integration processes in the Roman Empire, material culture studies, and conflict archaeology. Close links exist between the teaching subjects and the results of current fieldwork and other research projects, from GIS-based modelling of Roman rural landscapes in the Netherlands to the study of the material evidence of Iron Age warfare.
3000 Years of Western European Archaeology
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has a leading position in research and teaching in the field of late prehistory and the Roman era in NW Europe. Archaeology of the Middle Ages and of the early modern period is a specialism of the University of Amsterdam. Thus, the two universities together cover 3000 years of NW-European archaeology. The particular interest of this programme lies with settlement archaeology, the archaeology of ritual, integration processes in the Roman Empire and studies of city centres, material culture studies and conflict archaeology. Close links exist between the teaching subjects and the results of current fieldwork and other research projects, from the Roman villa landscapes in the southern Netherlands to the shipyards of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) in the heart of Amsterdam.
Master's Students in Archaeology of North Western Europe can choose one of the following specializations:
This specialisation explores the integration of Celtic/Germanic societies of the Iron Age into the Roman Empire. Archaeological analyses of results from recent fieldwork and material culture studies are combined with current debates about integration processes, regionality, globalisation and interconnectivity.
This specialisation focuses on the study of the origins and developments of cities (especially Amsterdam) in conjunction with developments in landscape, as well as the settlement and agrarian strategies in various Dutch landscapes.
Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.
In order to gain admission to one of our Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.
Specific admission requirements for the Master’s Programme Archaeology, specialization in Archaeology of North Western Europe
Students with a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology are eligible for admission.
You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. 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. You can already apply online without having the test results. In case you haven’t taken a test yet we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the English taught programmes at the Faculty of Humanities:
TOEFL score (score 600 paper based with a minimum of 55 in each of the subtests plus 4.0 in TWE, score 250 computer based or score 100 internet based with a minimum of 20-23 in each of the subtests). IELTS score of 7.0 overall band score (with none of the separate section scores dropping below a minimum score of 6.5).
Cambridge English : Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C, or Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C.