Study programme

Archaeology of Northwestern Europe


The programme offers two specialisations:

  • Cultural dynamics in the Late Iron Age and Roman period
  • The Medieval and Early Modern World

Each specialisation comprises three specialised core courses and two shared archaeology courses (Cutting Edge in Archaeology and Archaeology and Society). An elective can be chosen from a wide range of Master’s programmes, including archaeology, heritage and history. Each student must either do a research tutorial or an internship, as well as complete an individual Master’s thesis.

You also have the opportunity to 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.

Master’s specialisations

  • Cultural dynamics in the Late Iron Age and Roman period explores the integration of Celtic and 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.
  • The Medieval and Early Modern World zooms in on the roots of modern Europe in the transition from the medieval world to more urbanised societies. The results of recent fieldwork and research are combined with current debates surrounding globalisation, urbanisation, and migration.

Programme structure

The Master's programme in Archaeology of Northwestern Europe 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

Specialisation: Cultural dynamics in the Late Iron Age and Roman period

  • Approaches to the Late Iron Age and Roman Countryside
  • Money in the ancient World
  • Ceramics in Archaeology

Specialisation: the medieval and Early Modern World

  • From Feudalism to Capitalism
  • Archaeology of Global Amsterdam
  • Biography of Landscapes

Shared courses

  • Cutting edge in Archaeology: Archaeology of conflict
  • Archaeology and Society


As one of the ACASA programmes, the Master’s in Archaeology of Northwestern Europe allows you to choose from a wide range of courses in archaeology, or in related fields such as heritage studies, history, ancient studies or classics.


The Archaeology of Northwestern Europe programme includes an individual tutorial in which you can either conduct your own archaeological research, head out to the field for fieldwork or do an internship at a museum or heritage institution.


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 thesis supervisor.

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, please see:

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research programme. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their research programme degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.

Please follow the link below to the Archaeology Research Master's programmes of UvA and VU:


For more information about available internships and the experiences of other student interns, please follow the link.

Published by  Faculty of Humanities

19 December 2017