Master's Programme in Archaeology

120 credits

Programme syllabus, HAR2M

Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Arts, 30 August 2022
Registration number
Responsible faculty
Faculty of Arts
Responsible department
Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be archaeology.

Language requirements

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at


The Master's program in Archaeology will provide in-depth knowledge in problem formulation and in the analysis and interpretation of material traces from the human past that lead to independent work (master's thesis). The program aims to impart methodological and analytical skills that are necessary to be able to independently and critically carry out investigations in the field of archeology at the level required for qualified professional activity and research studies in the field.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

After completing the program, the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main area of ​​the education, including both broad knowledge in the area as well as significantly in-depth knowledge in certain parts of the area as well as in-depth insight into current research and development work; and
  • demonstrate in-depth methodological knowledge within the main area of ​​the education.

Skills and Abilities

After completing the program, the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and manage complex phenomena, questions and situations even with limited information;
  • demonstrate the ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate questions, to plan and with adequate methods to carry out qualified tasks within given time frames and thereby contribute to the development of knowledge and to evaluate this work;
  • demonstrate the ability to, in both national and international contexts, orally and in writing clearly explain and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments that underlie them in dialogue with different groups; and
  • demonstrate such skills as are required to participate in research and development work or to work independently in other qualified activities.

Evaluation ability and approach

After completing the program, the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main area of ​​the education with regard to relevant scientific, societal and ethical aspects,
  • demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work;
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and people's responsibility for how it is used; and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify their need for additional knowledge and to take responsibility for their knowledge development.

Layout of the programme

During the first three semesters, students study compulsory courses in the main area corresponding to 30 credits (including the 15 credits of the degree project), as well as subject specific or elective courses corresponding to 60 credits. The fourth semester is devoted entirely to the thesis.


Instruction will be in English and consists of lectures, seminars, discussion groups and independent work. The thesis is supervised by teachers with relevant specialist skills.

The program coordinator is responsible for establishing an individual study plan with each student on the program. The individual curriculum is established at the beginning of the education and is followed up continuously.


It is a two-year programme and leads to a Master's degree (Master of Arts, 120 credits) with archeology as the main field. After one year of study, it is possible to take a Master's degree (Master of Arts, 60 credits).