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Maritime Archaeology

Master (2 years) of , 120 ECTS
Economics, commerce, management and accounting Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Esbjerg
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 3100 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Man’s interaction with the sea dates back to the beginning of time. In recent years, marine archaeologists have discovered vital clues as to early civilisations by examining historical remains once lost at sea. As new technologies advance the search, many more discoveries lie ahead.

Career Opportunities

The Masters programme was created with employability in mind.  
With international teaching staff with backgrounds in heritage management, commercial diving and contract archaeology, our aim is not just to provide an education in Maritime Archaeology, but to prepare you for a career in this field. The course is structured around skills that are necessary in the fields of heritage management, consultancy and archaeological contract work, but also benefits students who want to follow a more traditional research-oriented path.

About the Programme

The two-year postgraduate programme in Maritime Archaeology is designed for students who are interested in a professional career in maritime archaeology and heritage management. Based in Esbjerg, on the Danish North Sea coast, the programme is internationally oriented and all teaching is in English.

Situated by the sea in a busy harbour town, the Esbjerg campus is the ideal location for education and research in maritime subjects. As an add-on, you have the opportunity to obtain an internationally-recognised commercial SCUBA diving qualification at very low cost. As an approved commercial diving school, the Masters programme can offer the SCUBA “erhvervsdykker” certificate (equivalent to the HSE SCUBA).

Course Content 
In the course of your studies you will be introduced to both theoretical and practical aspects of maritime archaeology. This includes the preparation of environmental assessments, project designs and risk assessments as well as the planning of geophysical surveys and diver surveys. 
You will also get a chance to record ship timbers and excavate underwater. Field trips in Denmark and other European countries are an integral part of the programme.

The programme offers training in project management, law and economics. Students are encouraged to use empirical and theoretical approaches in examining the cultural and historical importance of the sea. The programme also gives students splendid opportunities to work with the broad spectrum of methods in the field of maritime heritage. These include introduction to both the theory and practice of underwater surveying, remote sensing and field conservation.

By improving communication in an international and multidisciplinary setting, students develop key skills for their future careers. Class sizes are often small, enabling students to participate with ideas and discuss issues with teachers and fellow students.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this programme, you must hold a Bachelor's degree related to this area of study (e.g. History, Oceanography, Archaeology). Students are required to submit a letter of motivation.

Read more about the admissions requirements for this programme

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level.
Read about the language requirements of the University of Southern Denmark.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact the University of Southern Denmark directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students outside the EU, EAA, or from Switzerland. 

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition. 

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in:Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section:
The Danish Higher Education System 

Autumn - EU/EAA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn - Non-EU/EEA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Feb 01
Start date
Sep 01