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About the programme
: Danish/English  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  | Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)


Please note: It is not possible to apply for admission to this Master's degree programme to 1. September 2019. The programme is merged with other master's degree programmes in Archaeology to a common Master's degree programme in Archaeology.

Working with the past

As a Master’s degree student of Medieval and Renaissance archaeology at the University of Aarhus, you study the past of the Nordic and other European countries. Denmark is the starting point for the degree programme and you learn to understand Danish culture and society as they have developed during the course of time. However, we also place considerable emphasis on both a Nordic and an international perspective.

In the Master’s degree programme, you acquire specialist knowledge about topics such as buildings, artefacts and Denmark’s cultural topography, and you study a European issue in depth. In addition, you acquire thorough insight into the subject’s methodology and theory, including the use of complex types of source material and the relationship between such sources, as well as theories and interpretations regarding material culture.

A Master’s degree in Medieval and Renaissance archaeology counts as two years of full-time study (120 ECTS credits).

Admission requirements

Examples of qualifying degree programmes

  • Bachelor’s degree in Medieval and Renaissance archaeology (Aarhus University)
  • Bachelor's degree in prehistoric archaeology with 45 ECTS point supplementary subject from the  Bachelor"s degree programme in Medieval and Renaissance archaeology
  • Humanistic Bachelor's degree with 45 ECTS point supplementary subject in Medieval and Renaissance archaeology from the Bachelor's degree programme in Medieval and Renaissance archaeology
  • The Board of Studies decides, based on individual assessment, whether applicants with other Bachelor's degrees than the above have the academic qualifications required for their application to be accepted.

Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above. 

Legal right of admission

Students of the Bachelor's degree programme in Medieval and Renaissance archaeology at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master's degree programme in Medieval and Renaissance archaeology on the condition that application is made with a view to continuing directly from the Bachelor's degree programme to the Master's degree programme. The legal right of admission requires receipt of the application by Aarhus University within the appropriate period of time.

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in Medieval and Renaissance archaeology (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA. 

The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts. 

Language requirements

English at B level at upper-secondary school or the equivalent is a requirement for admission: read about English language requirements

Programme structure

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for your chosen subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:


In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.

Since we have a new administration system, there are still some elements that do not work. We are working on the graphical presentation for the master’s subject and adding links to the course catalogue.


Student life

The Department of Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology is based at Moesgaard, just outside Aarhus, where we have pleasant classrooms, a library and access to the Moesgaard Museum and the attractive local scenery. Click here for more information.

Approximately 140 students are enrolled at the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology. You therefore become part of one of the university’s smaller degree programmes. This provides a close-knit academic environment and a social atmosphere with a pleasant, relaxed tone between students from different years and between teachers and students.

You can take part in the following:

  • SIDAH is the name of the student association that looks after student interests. This association organises many activities and organises events such as celebrations, excursions, video evenings, culture cafés with lectures, etc. In addition, SIDAH promotes contact between students and the business community.
  • The Medieval Archaeology Forum, which comprises students and graduates, publishes a newsletter called Middelalderarkæologisk Nyhedsbrev as well as Anno Domini, which features articles written by students.
  • DALF (the National Association of Danish Archaeology Students) safeguards the interests of archaeology students.
  • In addition, there are many other events for students at the Faculty of Humanities and the University of Aarhus in general – e.g. lectures, intro days, career days, seminars, celebrations and sports days.

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Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

The most common career paths for graduates of Medieval and Renaissance archaeology are:

  • Excavations: Many archaeologists commence their career – perhaps as early as their studies – with project work at excavations in Denmark and abroad.
  • Museums: The conventional job market for archaeologists is the museums, where you can find work as a museum inspector, researcher or communication officer. The vast majority of medieval archaeologists find jobs in museums or at excavations.
  • Cultural institutions: Medieval and Renaissance archaeology graduates can also find work at other types of cultural institutions, working with teaching and the communication of culture. Examples are archives, exhibitions and libraries.
  • IT and communication: Archaeologists are skilled at systematising and communicating knowledge. Some archaeologists use these skills in IT jobs, as web designers and system developers, or in communication jobs, as editors and copywriters.
  • Analysis and project management: Less traditional careers for archaeology graduates are jobs in administrative positions as project managers or analysts in public or private sector companies.

You can also choose to pursue a career as a researcher in Medieval and Renaissance archaeology. You have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme at the faculty’s Graduate School. You can apply when you have completed your Bachelor’s degree and one year of your Master’s degree studies or when you have completed your Master’s degree.

Competence profile

As a graduate of Medieval and Renaissance archaeology, you have competences in many different areas:

  • Historical and cultural understanding: You have a thorough understanding of living conditions, culture and social conditions in the Middle Ages, the Viking Age and the Renaissance. As a result, you are able to study other cultures and periods, and communicate your knowledge to others.
  • Practical archaeological work: As a graduate of Medieval and Renaissance archaeology, you are familiar with basic excavation and documentation techniques.
  • Analysis and structure: An important part of an archaeologist’s work consists of documenting complex material using verbal and written communication, photos, measurements and IT processing. Archaeologists are therefore good at systematising and structuring material – in other contexts as well.
  • Communication and a sense of aesthetics: An archaeologist analyses material and visual forms of expression. As a result, you have knowledge about aesthetics, space, architecture and communication, all of which you can use in many different contexts.
  • Project management and collaboration: An excavation is a concentrated project in which the ability to collaborate at both a scientific and interpersonal level is essential. You are therefore able to manage and participate in scientific projects.

Career guidance

Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.