Archaeology

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Archaeology
Course sheet
A.Y. 2021/2022
Master programme
LM-2 - Archaeology
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
The Master's degree programme in Archaeology aims to provide a solid base of knowledge in the field
of the archaeology of the European continent and of the countries bordering the Mediterranean, as well as the skills required for working in the field of cultural heritage protection and enhancement and for participating in archaeological digs. It is an open-admission programme for students holding the required educational background, i.e. a Bachelor's degree in Archaeology. Curricular requirements will be assessed through an admission interview, with a view to ascertaining that the candidate has earned all the credits required for admission to the Master's degree programme in Archaeology. The core courses of the programme include the main archaeological disciplines (European prehistory and protohistory, etruscology, archaeology of pre-Roman Italy, Greek archaeology, Roman archaeology, archaeology of Magna Graecia, archaeology of the Roman provinces, etc.), a course of Greek or Latin literature, a course of ancient history or Egyptology or literature and two courses of anthropology or analytical methods for cultural heritage studies. Training activities are organized on a six-monthly basis and include a workshop in an archaeological excavation site or in the classroom in technical-archaeological disciplines (archaeological design, surveying tools, cataloguing of artifacts). A key part of training is research work with a view to writing the degree thesis.
The programme provides indispensable cognitive tools, both in terms of historical-archaeological knowledge and of technical and methodological skills, for the purposes of lifelong learning and furthering studies and research independently (postgraduate school of archaeology or PhD). The Master's degree in Archaeology is a key requirement to become a tier-II archaeologist pursuant to Ministerial Decree no. 244 of 20 May 2019, which regulates access to cultural heritage professions.
Graduates must be able to operate both on an excavation site (digging, data processing, phasing, reconstruction of the history of the investigated area) and in archaeological heritage research, protection and enhancement institutions, with mostly operational roles.

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The degree programme offers its students Erasmus+ opportunities at the Université de Rennes II - Haute Bretagne and the Freie Universität in Berlin. For each location, Erasmus outgoing students have options ranging from 3 to 10 months, during which they can follow courses and take exams that will be recognized as an integral part of the degree programme. They can also combine this activity with research for the preparation of their Master's thesis, which will count towards the number of credits covered by the Erasmus scholarship. Every year, all teaching activities included in the programme are presented to interested students by the Erasmus manager in a specific informative meeting. The data and educational information required for submitting the Learning Agreement are also collected in special information sheets posted to the Erasmus page of the Faculty of Humanities https://www.unimi.it/en/node/12884/

If you are and incoming Erasmus student, you can attend all classes in Italian. If you wish, you can agree with individual instructors on a programme partly or entirely in English. Moreover, teaching staff exchange agreements are in place with many partner universities, including visiting professor programmes for our faculty members abroad and for foreign colleagues at our institution, within the programmes of the Department of Cultural and Environmental Heritage.

Attendance is highly recommended for courses.

Attendance is mandatory for workshops.

Enrollment

Qualifications and knowledge required for admission

  1. Bachelor's graduates from the University of Milan or other universities in: Cultural Heritage (L-1) and Humanities (L-10) who have earned at least 60 credits (CFU) in the following  academic fields: L-ANT/01 (Prehistory and protohistory); L-ANT/02 (Greek history); L-ANT/03 (Roman history); L-ANT/04 (Numismatics); L-ANT/05 (Papyrology); L-ANT/06 (Etruscology and Italic archaeology); L-ANT/07(Classical archaeology); L-ANT/08 (Christian and medieval archaeology); L-ANT/09 (Ancient topography); LANT/10 (Methodologies of archaeological research); L-FIL-LET/01 (Aegean civilization); L-FIL-LET/02 (Greek literature); L-FIL-LET/04 (Latin literature); L-FIL-LET/07 (Byzantine civilization); L-OR/01 (History of theAncient Near East); L-OR/02 (Egyptology and Coptic civilization); L-OR/03 (Assyriology); L-OR/04 (Anatolian studies); LOR/05 (Archaeology and Art history of the Ancient Near East); L-OR/06 (Phoenician-Punic archaeology); MDEA/01 (Demo-ethno-anthropological disciplines).
  2. Graduates from other Bachelor's degree classes who have earned at least 90 credits in the following academic fields: 
    - at least 45 credits (CFU) in the following archaeological subjects: L-ANT/01 (Prehistory and Protohistory);L- ANT/04 (Numismatics); L-ANT/06 (Etruscology and Italic archaeology); L-ANT/07 (Classical archaeology);L-ANT/08 (Christian and medieval archaeology); L-ANT/09 (Ancient topography); L-ANT/10 (Methodologies of archaeological research); L-FIL-LET/01 (Aegean civilization); L-OR/02 (Egyptology and Coptic civilization);
    - up to 45 credits (CFU) in the following philological-literary subjects: L-ANT/02 (Greek history); L-ANT/03 (Roman history); L-ANT/05 (Papyrology); L-FIL-LET/02 (Greek literature); L-FIL-LET/04 (Latin literature); L-FIL-LET/07 (Byzantine civilization); L-FIL-LET/10 (Italian literature); L-ART/01 (History of medieval art); L-OR/01 (History of the Ancient Near East); L-OR/03 (Assyriology); L-OR/04 (Anatolian studies); L-OR/05 (Archaeology and Art history of the Ancient Near East); L-OR/06 (Phoenician-Punic archaeology); MDEA/01 (Demo-ethno-anthropological disciplines; M-STO/01 (Medieval history); M-STO/06 (History of religions); M-GGR/01 (Geography).

Admission assessment

Candidates who meet the curricular requirements set out in point 1 and who have achieved a degree score equal to 96/110 or higher will be admitted automatically (without interview). Admitted candidates will be notified electronically. Candidates meeting the aforementioned curricular requirements who have achieved a score lower than 96/110 will be required to sit an interview on one of the dates listed in the notices section of the degree programme website: https://archeologia.cdl.unimi.it/it/avvisi

During the interview, the admission board will assess the adequacy of their archaeological knowledge.

The assessment of the curricular requirements and the adequacy of the educational background of candidates meeting the requirements set out in point 2 will be carried out through interviews to be held on the dates listed in the notices section of the degree programme website: https://archeologia.cdl.unimi.it/it/avvisi

During the interview, the admission board will assess the adequacy of their knowledge of the foundations of archaeology.

Lastly, the following candidates may be admitted to the Master's degree programme in Archaeology:

  • Master's graduates with sufficient basic knowledge of archaeological subjects, based on their previous university curriculum.
    The assessment of the curricular requirements and the adequacy of the educational background of candidates will be carried out through interviews to be held on the dates listed in the notices section of the degree programme website:https://archeologia.cdl.unimi.it/it/avvisi
    During the interview, the admission board will assess the adequacy of their knowledge of the foundations of archaeology.
  • Graduates who have obtained their degree abroad (international students), following a curriculum of university studies ensuring a sufficient basic knowledge of archaeological disciplines, Italian language proficiency at B1 level or higher under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

International students

In order to be admitted to the Master's degree programme in Archaeology, candidates holding a degree obtained abroad must submit an application according to the deadlines and procedures that will be posted to the University web portal each year at the opening of admissions for international students.

The adequacy of the educational background of candidates will be assessed by a special board, and the outcome of the curriculum evaluation will be notified to candidates electronically. Students with a foreign degree are normally not required to take an admission interview, unless the board deems it appropriate. In this case, the interview may also be online.

All students who have obtained their degree abroad must take an Italian language test upon enrolment, which is delivered by the University Language Centre – SLAM (https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/competenze-linguistiche/test-e-corsi-di-italiano) to formally ascertain the adequacy of their Italian language skills, with regard to specialist terminology required by the programme. Anyone with a knowledge of Italian lower than B2 as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) will have to attend a workshop of Italian as a foreign language (B2) and pass the relevant final exam before applying for the degree thesis and completing the programme.

The following students will be waived from the Italian language assessment requirement:

  • Italian nationals who have obtained a Bachelor's degree abroad;
  • students holding an Italian upper-secondary school diploma (including diplomas earned through a 4- or 5-year programme at an Italian school based abroad);
  • students holding a degree obtained abroad through a study programme mainly taught in Italian.

Language requirements

For all candidates, proficiency in English at a B1 level or higher, under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), is required for admission.

The B1-level requirement will be ascertained by the University Language Centre - SLAM upon admission as follows:

  • language certificate obtained no more than 3 years earlier, of level B1 or higher (for the list of language certificates recognized by the University, see the website https://www.unimi.it/en/node/39267/). The certificate must be uploaded when submitting the online application;
  • English level achieved during a Bachelor's degree programme through SLAM courses and tests. The test must have been passed within the last four years. Our offices will perform an internal check, without the applicant having to attach any statements;
  • placement test delivered by SLAM, which will take place on the dates listed in the notices section of the website: https://www.unimi.it/en/node/39267/

All those who fail to submit a valid certificate or do not meet the required proficiency level will be invited to take the test through the admission procedure.

Candidates who do not sit or pass the placement test will have until December 31, 2021 to obtain and submit a recognized certificate to SLAM.

Students who do not meet the requirement by December 31 will not be admitted to the Master's degree programme and may not sit further tests.

In order to be admitted to the academic year 2021-2022, candidates must meet all the admission requirements (degree, any single exams, English language proficiency ) by December 31, 2021. The application for admission to the Master's degree programme must be submitted no later than August 27, 2021. Enrolment will be open from July 15 to September 30, 2021, while those who graduate by December 31, 2021 must enrol by January 15, 2022.

When submitting the application for admission, the student who has not yet graduated and intends to enrol in this programme must have earned at least 130 credits through their Bachelor's degree programme.

Admission

Application for admission: from 12/03/2021 to 27/08/2021

Application for matriculation: from 01/04/2021 to 30/09/2021


Please note

Admitted students who have already graduated must enroll by 30 September 2021, while those who will achieve the qualification or requirements set by 31 December 2021 must enroll by 15 January 2022.

Programme description and courses list
Optional programme year

Compulsory activity
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian Open sessions
a - 6 CFU in one of the following subjects
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Latin literature (MA) 6 40 Italian First semester L-FIL-LET/04
Greek literature 12 80 Italian Second semester L-FIL-LET/02
b - 6 CFU in one of the following subjects
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Egyptian Archaeology 9 60 Italian First semester L-OR/02
Greek history 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/02
Roman History 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/03
c - 39 credits in five of the following subjects (of which three 9-CFU and two 6-CFU exams)
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Methodology of Archaeological Research (MA) 9 60 Italian First semester L-ANT/10
Prehistoric Ecology 9 60 Italian First semester L-ANT/01
Roman Archaeology LM 9 60 Italian First semester L-ANT/07
Archaeology in pre-roman Italy 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/06
Archaeology of Magna Grecia 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/07
Classical ceramography 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/07
Etruscology 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/06
European protohistory - second cycle 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/01
Greek Archaeology LM 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/07
d - 6 CFU in one of the following subjects
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Analytical methods for the study cultural goods 6 40 Italian First semester FIS/07
Anthropology 6 40 Italian First semester BIO/08
e - 18 CFU (9+9) in two of the following subjects (other than those already chosen a from a previous group)
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Ancient numismatics MA 9 60 Italian First semester L-ANT/04
Roman Archaeology LM 9 60 Italian First semester L-ANT/07
Archaeology of Magna Grecia 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/07
Classical ceramography 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/07
Greek literature 12 80 Italian Second semester L-FIL-LET/02
History and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East 9 60 Italian Second semester L-OR/05
f - The student may allocate
- 9 CFU to other electives chosen from the courses offered by the University of Milan, or to two-year courses, to be agreed with the instructors of any courses taken during the Bachelor's programme;
- 3 CFU to an internship or a workshop run through the Master's degree programme, which are aimed at developing specific professional skills in the archaeological field.
g - We recommend students follow the courses of archaeological subjects and take the related exams starting from the first year. It is also advisable to choose the additional exams and their sequence in relation to the topic of the degree thesis, to be agreed with the supervisor within the first year of the programme.
After earning the required 90 credits, in compliance with these rules, the student may sit the final exam and obtain their degree.
Final activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Final exam 30 0 Italian Open sessions
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Location
Milano
Head of study programme
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Internship tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
Contacts

The tuition fees for students enrolled in Bachelor's, Master's and single-cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments with different calculation methods and payment schedules:

  • The amount of the first instalment is the same for all students
  • The amount of the second instalment varies according to the ISEE University value, the degree programme and the student status (on track / off track for one year or off track for more than a year) 
  • An additional fee is due for online programmes

The University also offers:

  • Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements
  • Diversified tuition fees according to the student's home country for international students with assets/income abroad
  • Concessions for international students with refugee status

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The University provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students).

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