Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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Are you interested in archaeology and want to increase your chances in the competitive job market? Do you want a graduate programme which combines intensive training and a flexible structure?

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typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee

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 pursue a successful career as a researcher, a specialist or a professional in leading positions. 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 become project assistant; you will be trained in writing peer-reviewed articles, grant applications and a PhD proposal. Our graduates have 80% employment rates: Out of the 17 who graduated since 2015, 7 got a PhD, 1 is in a predoctoral programme, 4 work in the commercial sector, 2 in the Heritage sector and 1 in the public sector.

Waarom aan de RUG?

The REMA Archaeology has been designated Top-Rated Programme, i.e. the best graduate programme in Archaeology in the Netherlands, for two years in a row.
The programme offers:
  • Challenging multidisciplinary approach
  • A combination of taught courses and (a broad range of) elective components
  • Intensive supervision by high quality researchers in small groups
  • Close monitoring of progress


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Throughout 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 workshops and intensive courses on location in the Institutes in Rome, Athens or Istanbul. They are encouraged to participate in the department's ambitious research programme which builds on a long and internationally renowned tradition of multidisciplinary approaches. They can also do an internship with an external partner, e.g. a museum or research institute, or become research assistant to one of the research projects run by members of staff.

1e jaar In the first year, you will attend three compulsory courses, but can choose two courses yourself.
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
Flexible Component
10 EC
2e jaar 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.
Current Issues in Archaeological Theory
10 EC
Anthropocene: Humans Shaping the Earth onderzoek
10 EC
Flexible Component
10 EC
Research and Professional Skills
5 EC
Death as a Mirror of Life
5 EC
Research Master's Thesis in Archaeology
30 EC


major major

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 kosten


1 februari 2022

aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2022
collegegeld nog niet bekend


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). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 185.

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

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 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


27 studenten volgen deze opleiding
74% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2017
?% daarvan is vrouw
29331 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.
Bachur is the study association for all archaeology students of the University of Groningen. Next to offering various leisure activities, Bachur's goal is to expand archaeology students' network in order for students to find out where they would like to work. In this way, Bachur organizes various activities such as field trips and socials

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
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aan het woord: studenten en docenten

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...
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.

lees verder ...
Marjolein 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 ...
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 ...
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!

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Remco Bronkhorst
Field Survey at Crustumerium with Remco Bronkhorst

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

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.

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Sarah Willemsen
PhD Experience with Sarah Willemsen at Crustumerium

Deaprtment of Archaeology - Poststraat 6

A look inside the building on Poststraat 6 in the city centre of Groningen, home of the Department of Archaeology (Faculty of Arts, UG).
Department of Archaeology - Archaeobotany

The Archaeobotany Lab is located on Academy Square, at Broerstraat 9. The laboratory has facilities for the study of pollen from western Europe and the Near East and for the study of plant macro remains from western Europe, the Near East, and Egypt. The reference collection of the laboratory currently contains approx. 6000 pollen samples and more than 33,000 samples of seeds and fruits. The production of digital seed atlases of the flora of the Netherlands and of economic plants are in progress.
Nikolaas Noorda
Rebuilding the site with Nikolaas Noorda at Crustumerium


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1/3 RUG
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/3 Universiteit Leiden
Archaeology (research)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
16 eerstejaars
62% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/3 Amsterdam UVA
Heritage, Memory and Archaeology (research MA)
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
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Archaeology aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 13 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.3 uit 5.

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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).

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Prof. Dr. Sofia Voutsaki

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