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Masters Programme in

Archaeology Theory and Practice

Master in Archaeology and Ancient History
2 years, full time, 120 ECTS credits
Department of Archaeology and Ancient History
Lund Campus
Application deadline: 15 January 2015
Programme start: August 2015

course B See for details on English proficiency levels.

1. Go to and find the programme.
Click on Apply and follow the instructions for the online application form on the Swedish national application website.

Programme overview

2. Send your supporting documents (for details on docu-

This programme combines high scientific and theoretical

ment requirements, see

standards with intensive practical training within archaeo-

- Cover sheet

logy, cultural heritage and museology. You will be trained in

- Certificates and diplomas from previous studies at an inter-

how to excavate and document the past, how to preserve ar-

nationally recognised higher education institution (univ-

tefacts and buildings and how to communicate your findings

ersity or university college)

and research results to a wider audience. You will also learn

- Transcripts of completed courses and grades for each

how to use various digital techniques in archaeology.

semester (including course list)

The department coordinates archaeological field projects

- Proof of English language skills

abroad, for example in Peru, to which our Masters students

- Statement of purpose (state in no more than 300 words

are encouraged to apply.

Special features of the programme:

Project-based learning
Archaeological Field School at the Viking Age site
of Uppkra
A wide range of courses with direct link to our
professors current research projects like Buildings as
Archaeology, Digital Archaeology With Focus on GIS and
Virtual Reality

Programme modules/courses
COMPULSORY COURSES: Field Archaeology and Landscape
Interpretation (30 credits) and the Masters thesis (30 credits). ELECTIVES: Courses offered by the Department of
Archaeology or other faculties/departments. Examples of
these courses include the Archaeological Theory and Material Culture, Buildings as Archaeology, Human Landscapes,
Text and Interpretation and Digital Archaeology.

Career prospects
After graduating from this programme you will have the
archaeological training, documented experience and the
teamwork skills that you need to gain employment within
the cultural heritage sector, as a museum curator or as a
field archaeologist.

Admission requirements and how to apply

A Bachelors degree specialising in one of the areas of archaeology, historical archaeology, classical archaeology and
ancient history or historical osteology. English 6/English

What students say

Some students come only to do the digital courses. It is
amazing. We had students from Great Britain and Italy
coming just for this course. Also we had an older student
who had been working for some time as a freelance archaeologist, and he came just for the digital part in the
course so that he could add that to his freelance resume.
This part of the program is so unique that you just have
to come here if you want the really thorough hands-on
Freya Roe, from USA

come into contact with archaeological material of many dif-

research interests you have)

ferent kinds. The major museums in Copenhagen are also

- Proof that you meet the specific admission requirements

close by and we make regular study visits there.

- Copy of the page in your passport with your personal data

and photograph, or some other identification document

About Lund University

(EU/EEA citizens may need to send a certified passport

Lund University was founded in 1666 and for a number of


years has been ranked among the worlds top 100 univer-

3. Make sure to check the country specific requirements on

sities. The University has 47 700 students and 7 500 staff before sending your docu-

based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malm. We are united in


our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world

4. Pay the application fee (when applicable).

and the human condition.

In addition to the documents mentioned in that checklist,

you must also submit a statement of purpose and a CV when

Lund is Swedens most attractive study destination. The Uni-

you apply for this programme.

versity offers one of the broadest ranges of programmes

and courses in Scandinavia, based on cross-disciplinary and


cutting-edge research. The compact university campus en-

Selection is made based on academic qualifications and the

courages networking and creates the conditions for scien-

statement of purpose.

tific breakthroughs and innovations. The University has a

clear international profile, with partner universities in over

There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA citizens. For non-EU/EEA
citizens the tuition fee for this programme is SEK 100 000 per
year. For details on tuition fees, see

About the Department of Archaeology and

Ancient History

50 countries.
Funding of SEK 5 billion a year goes to research at eight faculties, which gives us one of Swedens strongest and broadest ranges of research activity. Over 30 of our research fields
are world-leading, according to independent evaluations.

Students come to us to learn more about the past and how

people have lived and worked during different periods in
history. They get to encounter the finds (everything from
small burnt bones to grand buildings) that archaeologists
have to learn to interpret correctly to approach the distant
past. We offer a wide range of courses and highly value
the practical focus of these. This means that our students
get to go on excursions around Skne, encounter and work
with archaeological finds, and take part in archaeological
digs. We have close cooperation with the Historical Museum
and Kulturen in Lund, and this also means that our students

Programme webpage:
Programme coordinator:
Associate Professor Martin Hansson,

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