Degree Program Profile
Master Degree in
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
2 years; 120 ECTS
Mode of Study
*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. GIOVANNA RADI
Department of CIVILTA' E FORME DEL SAPERE
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Arturo Marzano
Language of Teaching
Italian First cycle qualification (Laurea) or foreign equivalent in the same or related subject area, with possible extra work if required competences are lacking.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Assessment of competences acquired in First Cycle studies in related or un-related subject areas to determine admission by Degree Programme Council with possible assignment of extra work to be done before admission.
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students whose curricula show lacuna may need to take extra first cycle course units before admission.
The Degree Programme in Archaeology has the objective of preparing students for the study of Mediterranean archeology. Graduates will be able to carry out activities as Archeologists and Directors of cultural heritage organizations. The archaeological specialization can be realized in various fields, especially prehistoric and protohistoric, classical and medieval archeology. The learning experience provides also laboratories, surveys and excavations in archaeological sites in Italy and abroad.
Key Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Programme will be able to demonstrate:
- Deep knowledge of history and development of ancient Mediterranean people
- Advanced knowledge of techniques of archaeological excavation
- Basic knowledge of computer tools applied to Archaeology
- Ability to use the main sources to derive the history of the past, such as archaeological, epigraphic, numismatic, literary sources
- Ability to communicate in at least one language of the EU in addition to Italian
- Ability to classify archaeological finds
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
The course prepares students for the profession of archaeologists, curators and museum curators, art experts, researchers and technical graduates in the sciences of antiquity. Graduates in Archaeology are able to specialize in the field of research and academic career. There are provided job opportunities in public and private institutions responsible for the conservation and enhancement of the archaeological and monumental heritage.
They also may operate in the societies involved in the organization of exhibitions and cultural events in the fields of the sciences of antiquity.
Access to further study
The Laurea Magistrale degree in ARCHAEOLOGY allows the graduate to compete for entry into a Third Cycle programme/doctoral school.
Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading
Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).
**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.
Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification
To obtain the qualification students must take 4 or 5 exams in Prehistoric and protohistoric, Classical and Medieval Archaeology, 1 or 2 exams in Ancient and Medieval History, 1 or 2 exams in Ancient and Medieval Literatures, 1 exam in technical, scientific and legal area, 2 exams in complementary disciplines. They also must obtain language skills and carry out pratical activities such as laboratory and archaeological excavations.