Archaeology

Chiostro: particolare
Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
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 students with a solid base of knowledge in archaeology for the European continent and Mediterranean countries, and to develop skills that will open the door to the students' entering professional fields relating to protecting and promoting archaeological heritage and taking part in archaeological digs. The programme, which has no cap on enrolment, is intended for students who have met all prerequisites, and who have a sufficient basis in archaeology from their Bachelor's degree programme. Student prerequisites will be assessed through an admissions interview, geared towards determining whether the student has completed all coursework required by national academic regulations for entry into the Master's degree in Archaeology. Coursework in archaeology includes prehistory and European protohistory, Etruscan studies, pre-Roman Italian archaeology, Roman archaeology, Greek archaeology, archaeology of Magna Graecia, archaeology of the Roman provinces, and other work. The degree also requires a class in Greek or Latin literature, one in ancient history or Egyptology or literature, two classes in anthropology, or analytical methods for the study of cultural property. Educational activities are structured as semester-long activities. Students will take part in an archaeological dig, as well as coursework in technical subject matter (archaeological drafting, tools for finding structures and cataloguing artefacts). Students are given ample time to conduct research for their thesis.
Training in the Master's degree programme provides students with those indispensable cognitive tools, both in terms of their knowledge of history and archaeology, and in terms of techniques and methods, to be self-driven in their studies, and thus to have the option of accessing higher levels of scientific research (Post-graduate degree in archaeology or PhD). The Master's degree in Archaeology is required to become a Tier II Archaeologist - pursuant to Ministerial Decree no. 244, of 20 May 2019, which governs professions in the field of cultural property.
At the end of their studies, graduates must have the ability to work on a dig, performing excavation, process data, preparing and analysing any uncovered structures, reconstructing the history of the area subject to investigation. They will also be ready to join a research institution, where they will work (generally in an operational capacity) on protecting and promoting archaeological assets.
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The following students shall be admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Archaeology:

1)  Cultural Heritage (L-1) and Humanities (L-10) Bachelor's degree graduates from the University of Milan  who have earned at least 60 credits in the following subjects: L-ANT/01 (Prehistory and early history); L-ANT/02 (Greek history); L-ANT/03 (Roman history); L-ANT/04 (Numismatics); LANT/05 (Papyrology); L-ANT/06 (Etruscology and Italian antiquities); L-ANT/07 (Classical Archaeology); L-ANT/08 (Christian and medieval archaeology); L-ANT/09 (Ancient topography); L-ANT/10 (Methods 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 the Ancient Near East); L-OR/02 (Egyptology and Coptic Civilization); 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 and Punic archaeology); M-DEA/01 (Demology, ethnology and anthropology).

The above requirements will be ascertained by a special commission through the online admission procedure and candidates will receive confirmation through the same procedure. Therefore, there will be no admission interview.

2) The following graduates, subject to curriculum requirements, to be assessed in the admission interview:

  • a) Cultural Heritage (L-1) and Humanities (L-10) Bachelor's degree graduates from other universities who have earned at least 60 credits in the following subjects: L-ANT/01 (Prehistory and early history); L-ANT/02 (Greek history); L-ANT/03 (Roman history); L-ANT/04 (Numismatics); LANT/05 (Papyrology); L-ANT/06 (Etruscology and Italian antiquities); L-ANT/07 (Classical Archaeology); L-ANT/08 (Christian and medieval archaeology); L-ANT/09 (Ancient topography); L-ANT/10 (Methods 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 the Ancient Near East); L-OR/02 (Egyptology and Coptic Civilization); 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 and Punic archaeology); M-DEA/01 (Demology, ethnology and anthropology); 
  • b) Other Bachelor's degree graduates who have earned 90 credits in the following subjects: 
    • at least 45 credits in archaeological subjects: L-ANT/01 (Prehistory and early history); L-FIL-LET/01 (Aegean civilization); L-ANT/04 (Numismatics); L-ANT/06 (Etruscology and Italian antiquities); L-ANT/07 (Classical Archaeology); L-ANT/08 (Christian and medieval archaeology); L-ANT/09 (Ancient topography); L-ANT/10 (Methods of archaeological research); L-OR/02 (Egyptology and Coptic Civilization); 
    • up to 45 credits in: 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 and Punic archaeology); M-DEA/01 (Demology, ethnology and anthropology); M-STO/01 (Medieval history); M-STO/06 (History of religions); M-GGR/01 (Geography); 
  • c) Master's degree graduates with sufficient basic knowledge of archaeological subjects, based on their previous university curriculum.

Candidates who meet the requirements listed in point 2 will undergo individual interviews to check that they have earned all the credits required for admission to the Master's Degree Programme; these interviews will be held on the dates published on the University website and on the Faculty of Humanities website.
In order to take the interview, candidates shall apply for admission according to the terms and procedures specified on the University website.

English language
To enrol on the Master's Degree Programme in Archaeology, you must have at least a B1  level knowledge of English as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
In order to be admitted, you shall take the English language placement test on the date that will be indicated during admission procedures. 

3) Graduates who obtained their degree abroad, provided that they have sufficient basic knowledge of archaeological subjects, based on their previous university curriculum, at least a B1 level in English as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), and an adequate command of the Italian language.

Italian language test
All students who have obtained their degree abroad shall take an Italian language test administered by the University Language Service (Slam) immediately after enrolment, to formally prove that they can master the specialist vocabulary required by the Degree Programme (test dates and procedures to be published on the Italian language tests and courses page of the University website).

Anyone with a knowledge of Italian lower than B2 as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) shall 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. 
Candidates holding a foreign degree shall apply for admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Archaeology according to the terms and procedures published on the University web portal (www.unimi.it) every year upon the opening of admission procedures for international students.

Admission requirements will be checked by a special commission and candidates will be notified of the outcome of the assessment through the online procedure. Therefore, students with a foreign degree are normally not required to take an admission interview, unless the commission deems it appropriate. In this case, you could also take an online interview.

The Degree programme gives its students the option to take part in Erasmus+ programmes at l'Université de Rennes II - Haute Bretagne and at Berlin's Freie Universität.
For each discipline, and for each campus, outgoing Erasmus students are offered three- to ten-month programme options, during which the student may sit for for-credit exams, which will then fully transfer into their own study plan. Students in a Bachelor's or Master's degree programme may also use their time abroad to prepare their thesis, with academic credit covered by their Erasmus scholarship.
Each year, all educational activities contemplated in the programme will be presented to interested students by the Erasmus contact person at an informational session; the data and educational information needed to submit the Learning Agreement are collected using designated forms posted each year to the Erasmus pages on the Faculty of Humanities' site (https://www.unimi.it/it/internazionale/studiare-allestero/partire-con-e…).
For incoming Erasmus students, the degree programme ensures the possibility of attending all lectures in Italian: students may arrange to have their programme be partially or entirely in English by contacting the individual instructor.
We have also launched a number of instructor exchanges, where our professors travel abroad to campuses as visiting professors, and their international counterparts come to teach in the Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment.

Course attendance not mandatory

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 Undefined
a - 6 CFU in one of the following subjects
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Latin literature (MA) 9 60 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
Archaeology of the Roman provinces 9 60 Italian First semester L-ANT/07
Prehistoric Ecology 9 60 Italian First semester L-ANT/01
Archaeology of Magna Grecia 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/07
Archeology in pre-roman Italy 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/06
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
Methodology of Archeological Research (MA) 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/10
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 9 60 Italian First semester L-ANT/04
Archaeology of the Roman provinces 9 60 Italian First semester L-ANT/07
Latin literature (MA) 9 60 Italian First semester L-FIL-LET/04
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 has the option of:
- 9 credits to be allocated to other electives amongst those offered by the University of Milan, or to take a second year's course in a subject area, to be arranged with the instructor, of classes completed during the three-year degree programme;
- 3 credits to be allocated to an internship or stage, or to an educational workshop within the Master's degree programme, or to a workshop or internship in an archaeology-related field.
g - We recommend students attend classes in Archaeology and sit for the related exams beginning in Year I. We also recommend choosing additional exams (and the sequence for the same) that align with the student's thesis topic. This should be coordinated with one's supervisor by the end of Year I.
Once the required 90 academic credits have been earned as required by these rules, the student will be eligible for the final examination to earn their Master's degree.
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Final activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Final exam 30 0 Italian Undefined
Location
Milano
Head of study programme
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Quality Assurance Delegate
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