Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Are you research-minded and interested in archaeology? Would you like to specialize in a field of archaeology, supervised by excellent researchers? Then this is the programme for you.

One of the aims of the Research Master's programme in Archaeology is to develop an awareness of the academic responsibilities towards our cultural heritage; the programme gives you the tools to deal with these responsibilities in a proper way and translate them into research and exhibitions. 

This Master's programme offers a two-year programme in the theory and methodology of archaeology. Part of the programme is compulsory for all students, but of course you will also chose a specialization within a field of archaeology:

  • Pre- en Protohistory of Northwestern Europe
  • Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology
  • Arctic Studies
  • Bio-archaeology
  • Maritime Archaeology

In the first year, you will attend four elective research seminars that focus your specialization, one compulsory seminar about the interpretations of and approaches to landscape and several courses or seminars from one of the national research schools.

In the second year, you will spend time researching a subject in the area of your field of interest. You will finish the programme by writing a thesis.

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

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

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


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Research Seminars I-IV can be chosen from the range of research seminars offered by the master programmes in Archaeology (in consultation with the Director of Studies). AHA Specialization 1-3 can be fulfilled by choosing research seminars (at the RUG or at another (Dutch or foreign) university), by following individual tutorials and/or by doing a research placement.
Possible options for research seminars (as given in 2016-2017):
  • The Rise of Cities and States
  • Mediterranean Landscape Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Death
  • Advanced Modelling in GIS
  • Prehistoric Cultural Landscapes
  • Terp Archaeology

Check out the content of the courses on Ocasys:

1e jaar
Research Seminar I
10 EC
Research Seminar II
10 EC
National Research School Courses
10 EC
Research Seminar III
10 EC
Research Seminar IV
10 EC
Approaches to and Interpretations of Landscape
10 EC
2e jaar
AHA: Specialization 1
10 EC
AHA: Specialization 2
10 EC
AHA: Specialization 3
10 EC
Research Master's Thesis AHA afstuderen
30 EC


track Archaeology

The track in Archaeology offers a number of profiles in NW-European Pre- and Protohistory, Classical and Mediterranean archaeology, or Arctic Studies.

The track in Archaeology offers profiles in NW-European Pre- and Protohistory, Classical and Mediterranean archaeology, Ecological archaeology and Arctic Studies.
In each profile archaeological theory and practice is combined with in-depth courses on, for example, wetland archaeology, maritime archaeology, settlement and landscape archaeology including GIS, funerary archaeology, ecological archaeology or arctic studies. Students can develop specific topics of their own interest within these broad fields, or may choose to participate in the department's ample research programme that builds on a long and internationally renowned tradition of multidisciplinary approaches, combining archaeology, anthropological and science-based disciplines. Students participate in the courses on offer by the National Research School Archon and the Department's research seminars and capita selecta. Study abroad is encouraged and participation in fieldwork projects or work in the various laboratories at the department or elsewhere is facilitated.

specialisatie Master's placement

During this Master's programme, you can follow a placement for ECTS credit points.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Mobility Office can offer help with this where necessary. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.


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.
exchange programs
  • KU Leuven - Belgie
  • University of Münster - Duitsland
  • Roma Tre University - Italie
honours-/excellence program Master's Honours Programme

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 februari 2018
aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2017
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 2006
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 11400
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Excellent academic record.

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). ERK 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.

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Studenten en studentenleven


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? eerstejaars gestart in 2012
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27868 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: HBO-raad/VSNU


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.
Bachur does this by organizing a wide range of activities both recreational and educational for our students. Every second Thursday of the month there is a drink in the Irish pub O'Malleys where you can get to know your fellow students.

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

Marjolijn Admiraal
Placement at the National Museum of Natural History

I have learned a lot of different things during my internship. During my internship I conducted my own research under the supervision of Dr. Stanford. Naturally I learned a lot from him about the peopling of the Americas and the details of American archaeological issues. I learned about what it is like to work in such a major research environment. The museum has many resources that attract students from all over the world: collections, libraries and experts in various fields.

I loved the museum...
I loved taking the long route to the office through the Dinosaur and Ice Age halls, walking by the T-Rex, Mastodons and Mammoths everyday. In Dr. Stanford’s office were all the prehistoric projectile points that I was studying. It is just a lot of fun to actually study real artefacts, especially when you have been reading about those very artefacts for years. Besides the artefacts I truly enjoyed being in this environment where something always seems to be happening. People are passionate about their work and are enthusiastic to tell you all about it but they are also very much interested in your work. I have felt very much accepted by many different people during my stay in Washington DC.
For me it has been a great adventure. Through my contacts at the museum I got into contact with archaeologists in Nevada and Alaska and I got invited to visit their archaeological sites after my internship. This once again shows what such an internship can mean for your career, it is the best way to meet people and to prove your own skills. If you are good at what you do people will notice and it can get you places.  Read more

lees verder ...
Master's Ambassador Francis Koolstra
From an early age on I was already fascinated by the past and I knew I wanted to pursue this later on.

My name is Francis Koolstra, 24 years old, and I’m from the charming town of Franeker in the province of Friesland, where once stood one of oldest universities of The Netherlands, until it was closed under the reign of Napoleon. From an early age on I was already fascinated by the past and I knew I wanted to pursue this later on...

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 ...
Patty Huijbers
Research Master's Student Patty Huijbers About Her Research Assistants Programme

Pir Hoebe
For my MA I am specializing in hunter-gatherer cultures in Northwestern Europe during the Late Stone Age

I'm Pir Hoebe, 24 years old, and I grew up in the most beautiful part of the province – what was once the fiefdom of Westerwolde. From a young age I was able to nurture my love for the past. While roaming through the woods and fields, I would fantasize about medieval knights and Roman legionaries. When I heard that there was such a thing as archaeologists, I lost no time attacking the back garden with a spade.

The Research Master’s (ReMa) programme in Archaeology allows me plenty of freedom to explore my interests within this specialist area. There are only a few core modules in the ReMa. For the rest you can choose course units from the regular master's tracks (Prehistory and Protohistory, Mediterranean Archaeology, Maritime Archaeology, Bioarchaeology, Arctic Archaeology). And there is still enough time to specialize further through tutorials with lecturers. This involves coming up with a research question, or choosing material or a method that you want to study. On top of that, there are opportunities to earn part of your ECTS credit points at other universities or abroad.

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Remco Bronkhorst
Field Survey at Crustumerium with Remco Bronkhorst

Sandra Beckerman
PhD Researcher at the University of Groningen

On 4 June I defended my thesis Corded Ware Coastal Communities, Using Ceramic Analysis to Reconstruct Third Millennium BC Societies in the Netherlands. Analysis of earthenware has told us much more about the people who lived along the Dutch coast in the fourth millennium BC.

These were people who lived from agriculture and livestock farming combined with hunting, gathering and fishing...
This two-year programme gave me a lot of freedom and extra time to delve into a topic. During my studies, I specialized in the analysis of earthenware from the fourth and third millennia BC. Analysis of this earthenware tells us more about the people who made and used it as well as about their society. In my PhD research I was able to put this into practice.

lees verder ...
Sarah Willemsen
PhD Experience with Sarah Willemsen at Crustumerium

Nikolaas Noorda
Rebuilding the site with Nikolaas Noorda at Crustumerium


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In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Archaeology aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 14 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The degree is a very good preparation for a career in the areas of Archaeology, Art, Architecture and Landscape. After this programme a research position, within or outside the university, is a logical step.
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Potentiële beroepen

  • research oriented career
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Nadja Zadorina MA

coordinator: for all questions regarding application

Prof. Dr. Sofia Voutsaki

Director of Studies

Master's Ambassador Francis Koolstra
Meer informatie?
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