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Master's Degree in Advanced Studies in Archaeology

Universitat de Barcelona
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Master's Degree in Advanced Studies in Archaeology

Program description

Master's Degree in Advanced Studies in Archaeology

The Master's Degree in Advanced Studies in Archaeology of the University of Barcelona offers advanced training at the forefront of current archaeological studies, which allow students to approach archaeology from a different perspective, taking advantage of the latest methodological and scientific advances available in the search for answers to archeological problems. It is therefore a highly multidisciplinary cross-cutting master's degree, where in addition to the tools traditionally used in archaeological studies, a whole series of disciplines, methods and techniques from other fields such as geology, geography, anthropology, biology, chemistry or conservation are used. This line of research is what is covered internationally under the umbrella term archeometry.

With this master's degree, we want to train professionals in archeological research and practice, as well as in the management and conservation of archeological heritage. This master's degree also gives access to doctoral studies, to write a dissertation. In order to better understand the events of the past, it is essential to know all the available tools that help to understand archaeological records in their full scope, by applying all the available resources to their study. It should be remembered that archaeology is linked to historical heritage that must not only be recovered, but also preserved and interpreted in historical terms.

The Master's Degree in Advanced Studies in archaeology has a highly qualified teaching staff with extensive national and international experience in multidisciplinary archaeological research. This staff guides students in this stage of advanced training through personalized tutorials.

The training plan includes a common pathway, focusing on methods and theories that can be applied to any chronology or theme in archaeology, and a specialized pathway, depending on the student's research interests: bioarchaeology and paleoenvironment, archaeology of materials and technological processes, and registers of structures and territorial sites. The objective is to offer training in applied research, so that each student is able to apply the knowledge acquired to specific practical cases.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:

  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The main aim of the Master's Degree in Advanced Studies is to train researchers and professionals in the latest scientific techniques for the recovery, analysis, interpretation and process of heritage-ization of the archeological record. The course has two functions: to develop a professional profile within the field of contract archaeology; and to be the starting point for an academic or research pathway that leads to the preparation of a doctoral thesis on Archaeology and a subsequent professional career in the research field.

The master's degree provides the knowledge and tools required to analyse and interpret the archaeological record in the field of bioarchaeological and paleoenvironmental research into material culture and structures, spaces and territory. Thus, students can join interdisciplinary archaeology teams and, at the same time, acquire methods and techniques from other disciplines according to their professional or research interests.

The first part of the training program is a common pathway that covers methods, techniques and theoretical frameworks that can be applied to all chrono-cultural periods and to various archeological subject areas. The second part is comprised of three specialized pathways that can be selected according to the interests of the student: Bioarchaeology and Paleoenvironmental Studies, Archaeology of Materials and Technological Processes, and the Record of Structures and Territory. The aim is to provide comprehensive training in applied research, which students can then apply to their professional field or research.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the university website.

About this institute

Universitat de Barcelona 

The University of Barcelona, founded in 1450, is a comprehensive higher education institution that presents deep academic tradition coupled with frontier scientific knowledge. It is located in the city of Barcelona, one of the main cosmopolitan hubs in the Mediterranean...

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Why study at Universitat de Barcelona

Why choose the University of Barcelona?

  • It is the top-rated Spanish university in the most prestigious international university rankings.
  • It is among the 25 best universities of the world with more than 400 years of history.
  • It is situated in Barcelona, one of the best university cities in the World.
  • It offers a wide range of course offerings: bachelor’s degree courses, master’s degree courses, doctoral programs and other specific courses and programs.

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Universitat de Barcelona

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
08007 Barcelona Catalunya

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