Academic year 2020/2021

ARCHEOLOGIA Degree Programme Profile

Basic Information

Qualification awarded

Master Degree in ARCHEOLOGIA

Qualification Type/Level

EHEA Second cycle, EQF level 7

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 pace. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.

Name of the Course Director and other contact information

President of the Degree Course Council:


Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Arturo Marzano

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Italian First cycle qualification (Laurea triennale) 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.

General Information

Programme Profile

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, 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, commentary 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 based on the performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. The 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 the examination and final grades among students for each degree programme, in order to facilitate the comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on the occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated based 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 into 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 students choose which of the appelli they wish 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.

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2020/2021