Application deadline: 15th of June
Study past societies, cultures, and human behaviour, with the aim to reconstruct and revive them. Lay a strong foundation for an international career in archaeology or heritage management.
Make a meaningful contribution to our knowledge of humankind by studying the activities and behaviour of people from the past. With learnings from history, you will gain new insights into our present-day world. You will look at contemporary issues like migration, globalisation, and climate change through an archaeological lense. With this unique angle, you may contribute to the public debate. Depending on your preferences, you may also immerse yourself in the role of heritage in society. You will think about the future and the preservation of heritage, and you will gain experience with heritage policy. Furthermore, you will explore current issues, for example the role of cultural heritage within migrant communities.
The tree-year bachelor's programme in Archaeology is a many-sided programme in which you study societies, cultures, and human behaviour from the past, aiming to reconstruct and revive them. You will gain a better understanding of the world and contribute to the solution of societal issues.
High-quality education by talented lecturers and renowned researchers, international fieldwork internships, and practicals in ultramodern laboratories: the bachelor's programme in Archaeology at Leiden University offers you the perfect basis for a successful career.
The combination of practical knowledge and academic skills makes you valuable to many employers. You will be ready to take on various positions in commercial companies, the government, research institutes, heritage agencies, laboratories, or museums.
Graduated archaeologists may find work as municipal or provincial archaeologists. Apart from taking part in excavations, such a function includes dissemination of information to the public, and policy preparation and implementation. Many archaeologists work as employees of commercial archaeology agencies, performing surveys and excavations, or as consultants. It is also possible to work in museums, analysing collections or setting up exhibitions. If you have focused on aspects of heritage management, a position at a national or international heritage authority is a good option.
Also, some graduates prefer to seek out jobs in less Archaeology-related fields, such as teaching, technical translating, managing art collections, copywriting, or public relations. If you prefer to continue your academic career, consider entering our Master's or Research Master programme.
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About Leiden University
Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you.
We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!