Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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Are you interested in archaeology and want to pursue a research career? Do you want a graduate programme which combines intensive training and a flexible structure? Then this is the programme for you!

The aim of the two-year Research Master in Archaeology is to provide you with the theoretical abilities and methodological skills which will enable you to become a successful researcher. You will develop a thorough understanding of key debates in archaeology, develop a critical attitude and acquire essential organizational, networking and teaching skills. Most importantly, you can tailor the programme to your needs and special interests. The Research Master in Archaeology has a broad geographical and chronological coverage – from the Arctic and North-western Europe to the Mediterranean and the Near East, from the Mesolithic to historical archaeology.

In addition, the programme will increase your chances in the job market: You can do an internship, or become research assistant; you will also be trained in writing peer-reviewed articles, grant applications and a PhD proposal.

In the first year, you will attend three compulsory courses, but can choose two courses yourself.
In the second year, you will once more attend two compulsory courses, and one elective. You will complete the programme by writing a thesis on a topic of your choice.

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diplomaMA Archeologie (research)
typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

Research master's programme with:
  • Intensive supervision by high quality researchers in small groups
  • Challenging multidisciplinary approach
  • Research Assistantships

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

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opbouwThroughout their study, students can build up their own programme by choosing elective courses ('Flexible Component') from MA or REMA courses in Groningen or in other Dutch Universities, or opting for tutorials supervised by a member of staff – always in consultation with the Director of Studies. Students are expected to attend research seminars, which they can also help organize. They can also participate in courses on offer by the National Research School of Archaeology Archon, or in works
1e jaar
Flexible Component
10 EC
National Research School Courses
10 EC
Scientific approaches to Material Culture
10 EC
The Archaeology of the Settled Landscape
10 EC
Death as a Mirror of Life
10 EC
Flexible Component
10 EC
2e jaar
Current Issues in Archaeological Theory
10 EC
Anthropocene: Humans Shaping the Earth onderzoek
10 EC
Flexible Component
10 EC
Research Master's Thesis in Archaeology
30 EC



The Research Master in Archaeology offers an ideal combination of a strong taught programme organized along thematic courses and a flexible structure which offers ample opportunities for further specialization. The compulsory lectures revolve around the main research interests of the Groningen Institute of Archaeology: the integration of archaeological theory and archaeological science, the archaeology of the settled landscape, the relation between humans and the environment, mortuary studies and the analysis of material culture. During these courses students will be trained in networking and in writing articles, grant applications and PhD proposals.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet25% zelfstudie
50% theorie
25% praktijk
group discussion, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research proposal, project, seminar, internship, tutorial, working group, self evaluation, self study
Students are trained to carry out independent academic research in the field of material culture and/or archaeology, with focus on a specific specialization.
study guidance
If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.
study abroad
Spending a period abroad is encouraged. Participation in fieldwork projects or work in the various laboratories at the department or elsewhere is facilitated.
exchange programs
  • KU Leuven - Belgie
  • University of Münster - Duitsland
  • Roma Tre University - Italie

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 februari 2019
aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2083
instellingstarief : € 11700
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 12500
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 11500
1 september 2019
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083
instellingstarief : € 11700
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 12500

Excellent academic record.

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1

Bachelor degree in:

  • Archaeology

reference letter
Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.


studie kosten
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 10levensonderhoudper jaar

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


27 studenten volgen deze opleiding
74% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2017
?% daarvan is vrouw
28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Synthesis is the new study association for all Research Master students from the Faculty of Arts. Synthesis is both a social network and a platform for the academic development of young scholars. Given our shared interest in academic research, Synthesis organizes a variety of seminars, lectures and workshops about academic skills or career strategy with interesting speakers from different fields.
Synthesis also aims to create and maintain an active Research Master community by organizing social activities such as drinks, dinners and fun trips. Join our Facebook group for more information.
Since 1994, the sole purpose of Bachur is to bring the archaeology students of the Groninger instituut voor Archeologie together.
Fellow students are organizing fun and educative activities for you. Think of monthly drinks in local pubs, flintworkshops, trips to musea, and foreign excursions.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Rebuilding the site with Nikolaas Noorda at Crustumerium

Daniel Scheeringa
Electing to do my Master's at the RUG was not a difficult choice. The education provided at the RUG is very personal, as classes and groups are often quite small.

A Lot of Self-studyYou have about two to three courses per semester, nothing too excessive. However, the rest of your time is filled with self-study, such as reading and working on essays. In addition to this, it is recommended that you attend an internship to become connected and orientated within the field. The programme requires a high level of independence and dedication to handle the large amount of self-study.

Two Master DegreesIn Groningen you can choose between two archeology masters: Pre and Protohistory of Northwest Europe and Classical and Mediterranean Archeology (KMA)...
Since the basis of these processes lie, in the case of the Netherlands, in the Mediterranean area, this programme has been perfect for expanding my knowledge on these subjects. The KMA program has been excellent so far, exceeding my initial expectations. A Master’s degree is essential for your future employment prospects in the field of Archeology, which is my main motivation for enrolling in the programme.Personal EducationElecting to do my Master’s at the RUG was not a difficult choice. The education provided at the RUG is very personal, as classes and groups are often quite small. Also, the connection between the programme and the Groninger Institute for Archeology ensures that the lines in research projects are very short! I highly recommend this programme at the RUG to anyone who is interested in archeology!

lees verder ...
Yotti van Deun
“I chose Groningen for the personal guidance, the specialization options and the opportunities available to students.”

Without a doubt, the Research Master's programme in Archaeology was the right decision for me. After a rather broad Bachelor's programme, this Master's programme allowed me to focus on my interests and become more specialized. I followed the specialization in Bioarchaeology.I chose the Groningen programme for the personal guidance, the approachability of lecturers, the wide range of specialization options and the opportunities available to students.

There are a lot of options within the Research Master's programme, so you can tailor the programme to your interests...
You are expected to work independently, with discipline and set your own deadlines.
The Research Master's programme prepares you for a career as a research specialist. However, you will be trained in more than one specialization and that means that you will be able to work in a wide range of professional fields. I would like to work as a paleoecologist or archaeobotanist at a bioarchaeological research bureau, or continue to conduct academic research. A specialist position at a natural history museum also sounds very interesting.

lees verder ...


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1/3 Rijksuniversiteit
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/3 Universiteit Leiden
Archaeology (Research)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
16 eerstejaars
62% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/3 UvA
Heritage, Memory and Archaeology (research MA)
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2017
algemeen oordeel4.34.0


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Archaeology aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 13 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.3 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The degree is an excellent preparation for a research career in archaeology. While many of our graduates are successful in capturing a PhD position in the Netherlands or abroad, they also have the possibility of obtaining other research oriented positions (f.i. in museums, heritage institutions and research institutes).
current job market

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Potentiële beroepen

  • phd research
  • position in heritage institutions
  • position in museum
  • position in research institutes
  • research oriented career
bron: StudieData


Nadja Zadorina MA

coordinator: for all questions regarding application

Prof. Dr. Sofia Voutsaki

Director of Studies

Meer informatie?
Bezoek de website van deze opleiding.

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