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ARCHAEOLOGY

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

Introduction

The Master’s degree programme in archaeology is a research-based degree programme that gives you in-depth knowledge and advanced understanding of key archaeological issues. You will also acquire competences enabling you to critically evaluate and account for archaeological knowledge, based on the empirical data, methods and theories of the course, and to work with relevant analyses and models for solutions. 

The degree programme integrates the latest academic and professional developments within the field of archaeology, for example in relation to data processing. It also emphasises the importance of strengthening the students’ communication and project competences. This is reflected in the types of examination in the degree programme, which provide you with the opportunity to work individually and in groups with subjects and issues you choose yourself. This will be good preparation for your Master’s thesis on the fourth semester.

The degree programme also provides you with the opportunity to build on the cultural-historical profile that you gained during the Bachelor’s degree programme, because the Master’s degree programme has three different specialist tracks (prehistoric, classical and historical archaeology).

Archaeology is a highly international field with a strong international research environment, so some of the degree programme is taught in English.  

Career opportunities

A Master’s degree in archaeology gives you a versatile profile enabling you to work in the following areas: excavations in Denmark and abroad, museums, cultural heritage, the administration of culture, administration in general, art and cultural communication, and consultancy and project work. If research appeals to you, you can choose to apply for a PhD degree programme at a university in Denmark or abroad, with a view to pursuing a university career or finding an executive position within the museum world.

Admission requirements

The admission requirement for acceptance onto the Master’s degree programme in Archaeology is a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree programme with Archaeology as the central subject, i.e. a minimum of 120 ECTS credits. 

The following Bachelor’s degree programmes qualify students for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Archaeology:

  • The Bachelor’s degree programme in Classical Archaeology (Aarhus University)
  • The Bachelor’s degree programme in Archaeology (Aarhus University)
  • The Bachelor’s degree programme in Prehistoric Archaeology (Aarhus University)
  • The Bachelor’s degree programme in Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology (Aarhus University)
  • The Bachelor’s degree programme in Classical Archaeology (University of Copenhagen)
  • The Bachelor’s degree programme in Prehistoric Archaeology (University of Copenhagen) 

Legal right of admission

  • The Bachelor’s degree programme in Archaeology (Aarhus University)
  • The Bachelor’s degree programme in Classical Archaeology (Aarhus University)
  • The Bachelor’s degree programme in Prehistoric Archaeology (Aarhus University)
  • The Bachelor’s degree programme in Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology (Aarhus University) 

Bachelor’s degree graduates in Classical Archaeology, Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology and Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology from Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master’s degree programme in 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. This legal right of admission only applies if the application is received on time by Aarhus University. 

The legal right of students on the Bachelor’s degree programmes in Classical Archaeology, Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology and Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology will be transferred from the existing Master’s degree programmes to the combined Master’s degree programme, taking effect on 1 September 2019. 

Restricted admission

The Master’s degree programme in Archaeology is affected by degree programme resizing, which means that admission to the programme is restricted. So compliance with the admission requirements does not represent a guarantee of admission. However, Bachelor’s students with a legal right of admission are guaranteed a place. 

Selection criteria

If there are more qualified applicants than student places, these qualified applicants will be admitted based on a simple average of their marks. This simple average is calculated on the basis of the courses with graded assessment which have been passed on the degree programme on which admission is based at the time applications are submitted. 

Language requirements

Admission to the Master’s degree programme in Archaeology requires Danish at upper-secondary school ‘A’ level or the equivalent.

Admission to the Master’s degree programme in Archaeology requires English at upper-secondary school ‘B’ level (Danish upper secondary school level with a minimum GPA of 3.0) or the equivalent.

It is also recommended that students have reading skills in German, Italian and French.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

The academic regulations contain further information about the content of the individual courses. They also show how the degree programme is structured and the requirements with which students must comply, including types of examination and exam requirements.

The degree programme has three different tracks within which you can specialise (prehistoric, classical and historical archaeology). You will be registered for the track that is an extension of your Bachelor’s degree programme (BA in classical archaeology and the two period studies on the BA programme in archaeology at Aarhus University). Applicants who do not have a Bachelor’s degree from Aarhus University will be assigned to a track based on the result of an academic assessment.      

  • SEE THE ACADEMIC REGULATIONS FOR ARCHAEOLOGY (to be published in the spring)  



Student life

The Master’s degree programme in archaeology is a full-time degree programme corresponding to 37-40 hours of work a week. Even though you may not have to attend lectures or classes every day, you should expect to spend quite a lot of time preparing for classes and meeting your study group.

Most of the teaching will take place at Moesgaard, a historical manor house south of Aarhus which has recently been refurbished. This is where the Department of Archaeology is located. The study facilities at Moesgaard are very good, and include a library and a variety of communal areas as well as easy access to Moesgaard Museum. Some of the teaching is also expected to take place in the Nobel Park, offering you the chance to use the Nobel Park library and the resources at the Museum of Ancient Art.

There are plenty of activities for students – for instance in the various student clubs and societies that are connected to the archaeology degree programmes.

  • Ottar is the main society for students and the goal is to ensure the well-being of the students. Ottar arranges discussions about the academic content of the programme, forges relations with the business community, and organises a range of social events including the so-called Friday bars. The Ottar offshoot Kulturlaget publishes the journal LAG.
  • The Museum of Ancient Art at Aarhus University has a close connection to the degree programme in classical archaeology. Objects from the museum are used in the teaching, giving you the chance to get your hands on some original artefacts.
  • Klassisk Arkæologisk Forening, KAF (the Classical Archaeological Society), has members all over Denmark and publishes the magazine KAF-meddelelser four times a year.
  • Middelalderarkæologisk Forum is a forum for students and graduates of the degree programme in medieval and Renaissance archaeology. It publishes a newsletter as well as Anno Domini, a journal of articles written by students.

 

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Career

This degree programme is being offered for the first time in 2019, so there are no graduates on the labour market yet. Information about career opportunities is based on knowledge about the three existing Master’s degree programmes in prehistoric, classical and medieval and Renaissance archaeology. This is because the new combined Master’s degree programme is aimed at and qualifies students for the same labour market and job functions. 

Most archaeology graduates are employed at Danish museums, in other cultural-historical fields, or in various forms of consultancy. Some of our graduates do a PhD – sometimes in connection with employment at a Danish museum, or (in particular for graduates of classical archaeology) at a university outside Denmark.

Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2016 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. Note that this data is derived from different, but related programmes.

 

Career guidance

At Arts Karriere, the career centre at the Faculty of Arts, you can learn more about the different types of career guidance available, including events and workshops. They can also advise you about your employment opportunities.