Bachelor’s programme

The bachelor programme Archaeology takes three years. After completion you hold the title Bachelor of Arts (BA). In all, your studies will take up 40 hours a week.

The first year

In your first year you will have a lot of introductory subjects and lectures on the basic knowledge and general skills that every archaeologist needs.

See for more information, your first year in Archaeology at Leiden University.

Second and third years

Choosing your path

In the second year you will have lectures on such themes as burial rituals, landscape, settlements, material culture or bioarchaeology. You could decide to focus more of your time on World Archaeology, in which case you will be studying the early hominids, prehistory, medieval societies or the archaeology of the different research regions in Leiden. Alternatively, you might prefer to concentrate more on such themes as heritage management in an international context, globalisation, migration and identity or landscape and society.

In the second half of the year you will choose your tutorials; these are where you will look at the themes in greater depth. At the end of this year you will conduct fieldwork in one of the faculty’s research projects.

Internship, fieldwork or studying abroad

In the third year, depending on your personal preference, you might want to do an internship at a government agency, a city council or a museum, or you can further develop your archaeological field knowledge in the field or in a laboratory environment.
No classes are scheduled for the first half of the third year, giving you time to follow a minor at the Faculty or elsewhere, or to study abroad. In the second half of the year you follow a few remaining general courses, you write your thesis and you do a final internship.

You can thus choose the direction that you want to take and compile your own programme of study according to your own interests.

Testimonial Marike van Aerde bachelors programme

Which course do you teach?
I teach the BA2 course ‘Visual Culture’, which presents students with an overview of the most important material culture of the Mediterranean world, and simultaneously offers them new practical skills for object analysis. By means of case studies, this course also covers various theoretical frameworks. This combination of basic knowledge, practical skills and theory is very helpful for all archaeology students – and after this course you may well be even more interested in ancient Greece and Rome!

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