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Study programme

Mediterranean Archaeology

Programme overview

The Master’s programme in Mediterranean Archaeology offers three specialised core courses and two shared archaeology courses (Cutting Edge in Archaeology; Archaeology and Society). You can tailor the programme to your own interests by choosing an elective 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 that combines courses from other ACASA Master’s programmes. A proposal for such an individual programme must be approved by the programme’s examination board.

Programme structure

The Master's programme in Mediterranean Archaeology 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 Master’s thesis

Core courses

  • Mediterranean Connectivity
  • From Finds to People
  • Ceramics in Archaeology

Shared courses

  • Cutting edge in Archaeology: Archaeology of conflict

  • Archaeology and Society


As one of the ACASA programmes, the Master’s in Mediterranean Archaeology 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 Mediterranean Archaeology 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.


For more information about available internships and the experiences of other student interns, please follow the link and search for internships for international students in the A-Z list.

Internships (Current students website)

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, please see:

UvA Course Catalogue: Mediterranean Archaeology

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.