Programme structure

On successful completion you will be awarded the title Master of Arts in Maritime Archaeology (In Danish cand.mag. i Marinarkæologi).

The programme consists of nine courses of 10 ECTS each. The final master thesis is equivalent to 30 ECTS. Semesters start in September and February, with exams normally being held in June and January.

The programme provides a thorough understanding of Maritime Archaeology, in both its practical and theoretical aspects. 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 introductions to both the theory and practice of underwater surveying, remote sensing and field conservation.

At the University of Southern Denmark, we also believe it is important to give students a solid basis in management, which so often proves essential in careers in heritage management but also in museums, government institutions or elsewhere in the heritage industry.

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 commercial diving course is offered jointly with the Masters course, but does not generate ECTS credits. The course runs over the duration of two years and includes theory lessons as well as around 16 to 20 hours of underwater time in different environments

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