1. Check deadlines
The application deadline for this selective Master's programme is 1 March 2024, 23:59 CET (register in Studielink before 27 February, see step 3).
If you are interested in a scholarship, you need to apply for both the Master's programme and the scholarship before 15 January. Learn more at:
2. Check entry requirements
The Research Master's programme in Archaeology and Heritage is open for application to students with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in the humanities or social sciences, with a minimum of 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies) taken in the field of Archaeology or Heritage.
The Research Master’s in Archaeology and Heritage is an innovative programme which offers a wealth of opportunities for interdisciplinary research and training. Our internationally recognised team is seeking to recruit ambitious future archaeologists and heritage professionals. If you have the following knowledge, skills, and aspirations, this programme offers a gateway to future success:
- You have a keen interest in developing your knowledge of archaeology and heritage and have the readiness and curiosity to combine both academic research and practical skills;
- You are a confident ‘self-starter’ with the ability to conduct research independently and you know how to formulate research questions, collect material, apply theory, and write a thesis;
- You are enthusiastic, highly motivated and passionate about how archaeology and heritage can make a difference in the contemporary world.
Hbo-bachelor not eligible
It is not possible to apply to this programme with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo). We do not offer a preparatory programme (schakelprogramma) for this Master's.
English language requirements
New Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level. Please check carefully whether you already meet the English language requirements or whether you need to arrange to take an official English language test. See the English language requirements on the Graduate School of Humanities website.
Archaeology and Heritage is a research programme, which means that it is meant for students with strong academic interests. Because of the limited number of places available, prospective students are subject to a selection process. We will compare your file to that of other applicants. Distinguish yourself with solid basic academic knowledge in the field of study, sufficient test scores and a convincing and enthusiastic motivation.
If you wish to apply for a Research Master's programme, you are expected to have obtained at least the following grade average:
- A/3.6 (American system)
- 2.1 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system)
- B (ECTS-system), or
- 7.5 (Dutch system)
If you obtained a lower grade average you can still apply, particularly if you obtained a sufficient grade average for the courses related to the research master’s programme and/or courses taken in the advanced phase of your prior education. Please include an explanation in your Motivation form.
- 3. Register for the Research Master's in Archaeology in Studielink
4. Submit your application form in MyInfo
After enrolling in Studielink, you will automatically receive an email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline.
All applicants holding a nationality outside the EU/EEA are required to pay an application fee of €100 per Studielink enrolment before submitting your MyInfo application form. You will find payment instructions on your application form.
Make sure you are well prepared before you start your application, and you have all necessary documents ready. You are asked to upload the following documents:
- curriculum vitae;
- proof of language proficiency (if required, see language requirements);
- transcript of records, up-to-date and issued by your home institution (if you are already a student at the UvA, a screenshot from SIS is sufficient);
- diploma (if already obtained)* or list of courses yet to complete;
- translation of your diploma and transcript of records (if they are not in English, Dutch, German or French);
- motivation form (PDF);
- programme specific documents (see below).
*Please note: If you have not yet obtained your diploma but are in possession of all other application documents, you may proceed with your application - as long as you obtain your Bachelor's degree before 1 September. If you have a non-Dutch prior education, please bear in mind that you must submit your certified documents before 1 May (non-EEA students) or 1 August (EEA students).
As a programme-specific document, you are asked to upload a sample of recent written work in MyInfo. What is the difference between archaeology and heritage? And how do these disciplines inform contemporary politics and culture? Discuss these questions, giving examples, in around 1000 words + references (in English).
Please collect and prepare all necessary documents before starting your application. You can find detailed information and guidelines on the Graduate School of Humanities website:
After submitting your application
Once we have received your complete application, it will be evaluated by our Admissions Board. This programme offers rolling admissions, meaning you will receive an admission decision within 10 to 12 weeks. It is therefore advisable to complete your application well before the deadline.
If you are admitted to the programme, you will receive a letter of conditional acceptance. In order to proceed with your enrolment, you must accept this offer at your earliest convenience. Read more about the steps you need to take after (conditional) acceptance on the website of the Graduate School of Humanities: