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Archaeology, full-time, second cycle programme in English (S2-PRK-AR-ANG)

(in Polish: Archeologia, stacjonarne, drugiego stopnia MA)
second cycle program
full-time, 2-years of study
Language: English
  • Area of study: humanities
  • Discipline: archaeology

New challenges faced by archaeology in the 21st century as well as students' expectations of professional tuition geared towards practical knowledge applicable to future work are main ideas behind the proposed programme of the second-cycle studies in archaeology with instruction in English. The programme is dedicated for candidates from all around the world who want to research ancient cultures, in particular from the Mediterranean, and acquaint themselves with bioarchaeology and osteology or bone taphonomy. Bioarchaeology, as a sub-discipline within archaeology, and the related achievements of the researchers from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw, became a vantage point for establishing second-cycle studies in English several years ago. Currently, they are an element of the general programme of studies dedicated not only to graduates in archaeology, but also candidates of other specialisations who dream about excavations, travelling to interesting places, and working with artefacts, including bones, discovered in the course of archaeological research.

In the course of the programme, students will be required to choose two seminars, according to their interests, and supplement them with facultative courses, as well as two lectures: general academic and monographic. Selected courses will be aimed first and foremost at deepening students’ professional and interdisciplinary knowledge, in particular regarding research challenges in modern archaeology, and preparing them to write and defend their master’s theses.

Similarly to the first-cycle studies, a significant role will be played by practicum:

  • field survey, usually performed in spring or autumn;
  • excavations, usually performed in summer. The excavations are directed by researchers affiliated by the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw, or abroad – in Egypt, Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Italy (Sicily), South America, and many more locations.

The classes are held in the Main Campus of the University of Warsaw, namely the Main School which has housed the Institute of Archaeology for over a decade.

Detailed information about the second-cycle full-time studies in English can be found at the website of Faculty of Archaeology.

Candidates without a diploma in archaeology issued by the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw or other university accredited by the Polish Accreditation Committee for the field of archaeology (provided that the archaeology curriculum on the said university is compatible with that of the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw in at least 60%) are required to pass supplementary courses – introduction to archaeology, methodology of archaeological fieldwork, and history of civilisation amounting to additional 300 hours during the second-cycle studies.

In the course of the programme, students will gain expertise in particular specialisations within archaeology, practical knowledge in excavating burial grounds as well as handling animal and human remains. At the same time, they will receive general humanist formation enabling them to engage in interdisciplinary cooperation with researchers from other fields of study.

Graduates from the second-cycle studies will be prepared for independent research, as well as working for research and educational institutions, museums, and conservation ateliers.

The master's degree in archaeology combined with appropriate experience in excavations, according to the Monument Protection Act, are necessary for receiving concession for conducting archaeological excavations in Poland.

Qualification awarded:

Second cycle degree - magister - in archaeology

Access to further studies:

doctoral school, non-degree postgraduate education

Learning outcomes

Student knows and understands
K_W03 has extensive knowledge of the description, analysis and interpretation of archaeological sources, especially of a biological nature
Student can
K_U02 can independently recognize, analyze, use, classify and interpret archaeological sources, especially those of a biological nature, selecting appropriate analytical methods and presenting interpretation in English
K_U13 can use a foreign language at the B2+ level of the European System for the Description of Language Education and specialist terminology in the field of archaeology
Student is able to
K_K01 able to use their knowledge and skills and can confront them with the opinions of experts, especially in the field of exact sciences and life sciences
K_K02 able to recognize the essential importance of artefacts, eco-facts and written sources as elements of human cultural heritage
K_K03 able to assess the unique value of archaeological sources, including osteological material, and their role in recreating the human past
K_K04 able to critically evaluate the interpretation of archaeological and historical sources with the use of multi-faceted interpretation
K_K05 able to use the knowledge he has about the complex nature of culture and can analyze various categories of sources to recreate the human past

Admission procedures:

Visit the following page for details on admission procedures: https://irk.oferta.uw.edu.pl/