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Archaeology: MSc Archaeological Science

Archaeological Science is an MSc specialisation that delves into the specifics of archaeological methods and techniques. The combination of hands-on field experience and laboratory work offers a challenging and rewarding research environment.
The programme gives you the freedom to choose your own focus based on your own interests. You may study archaeobotany and archaeozoology, or prefer to dive into human osteoarchaeology. Perhaps you'd rather explore material culture, or further develop your skills in digital archaeology. All of these choices can be combined with lectures on specific regions or time periods.

Archaeological Science

Scientific methodology is an important approach in modern archaeology and it is at the heart of archaeological science. Hypotheses, data, theory, experiments, observations, as well as presentation and interpretation, are all key to our understanding of our past.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

General part

Scientific Methodology in Archaeology 5

Career profile

Quantitative Methods in Archaeology 5
Current Issues in Archaeological Science 5
Master Thesis Archaeological Science 20

Choose 1 of the following specialisation courses:

Archaeological Science Specialisation Course: Archaeozoology 5
Archaeological Science Specialisation Course: Archaeobotany 5
Archaeological Science Specialisation Course: Osteoarchaeology 5
Archaeological Science Specialisation Course: Material Culture 5
Archaeological Science Specialisation Course: Digital Archaeology 5

Choose any 2 focus area courses (see 'Focus area courses' tab above) (2 x 5 ec)

Choose 2 elective courses (see 'Electives' tab above) (2 x 5 ec)

Focus area courses

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2


Key Developments in European Prehistory 5
Urban Archaeology 5
Hunter-gatherer Archaeology 5

The Near East

Neolithisation in the Near East 5
The Archaeology of the Assyrian Empire 5

The Mediterranean

The Archaeology of Early Roman Imperialism 5
Current Issues in the Archaeology of the Frontier Regions of the Roman Empire 5
A Global Revolution? Change and Innovation in Afro-Eurasia in the Hellenistic and Roman Period (250 BC – AD 250) 5
Archaeology of the Crusades 5

The Americas

Peoples, Ideas, And Resources On The Move In The Pre-Colonial And Early Colonial Caribbean and Amazonia 5
Current Issues in the Archaeology of the Americas 5


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Introduction to Python Programming 5
Innovative Approaches to Materials Analysis 5
MSc Internship: Archaeological Science 5

or: free choice from the other profiles, or programmes outside Archaeology (after approval of Board of Examiners)

Osteoarchaeology recommends the following elective course:

Archaeological Science Specialisation Course: Digital Archaeology 5