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Prehistoric Archaeology

Master (2 years) of Arts in Prehistoric Archaeology, 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


The MA in Prehistoric Archaeology programme explores the prehistory of humans from their earliest traces in the Stone Age to the end of the Viking Age. The emphasis is on southern Scandinavian archaeology, but developments here are also related to the rest of Europe and beyond. Scandinavian archaeology has a long tradition and a unique find material. There are the spectacular shell mounds of the hunter-gatherers in the Mesolithic Age, thousands of megaliths and large causewayed enclosures constructed after the advent of agriculture, well-preserved oak log coffins from the Early Bronze Age, great mounds, intriguing rock carvings from the Late Bronze Age, the bog bodies and war booty sacrifices of the Iron Age, and the royal sites of the Viking Age, to mention just a few of the highlights. The MA in Prehistoric Archaeology programme offers an opportunity for in-depth study of these and other finds and the societies from which they came. 

Career Opportunities

Most graduates from the MA programme choose to work as archaeologists, mainly in museums, where they assume responsibility for excavations or for the dissemination of knowledge about the past or cultural issues in general. Some are employed within cultural administration, where their general analytical and theoretical abilities lead to very varied jobs. There is also the option of making a research career. You can apply for a PhD scholarship, either during the first year of the MA programme or after completing your MA thesis.


To find out more about admission to the MSc in Prehistoric Archaeology please visit the programme’s website.
In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. 
Read about the language requirements of Aarhus University

Apply directly at Aarhus University with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aarhus University 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 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


Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Sep 01


Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01


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