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.
- Learn about the development of archaeology as a science and discover precisely what the most important archaeological concepts and theories mean.
- Get to know the research areas offered in Leiden. In the mornings you will study theory and in the afternoon there will be tutorials or practical sessions.
- Participate in fieldwork. This is where you will learn what an excavation really involves and you will put what you learn into practice.
- Explore heritage and archaeological policies and learn how to translate the data and finds from excavations to appeal to a wider audience.
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.