2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in Archaeology and Cultures of the Ancient World

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2013/2014
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 0965
Degree Programme Class LM-2 - Archaeology
Years in which the programme is being held I, II
Teaching mode Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Type of access Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Isabella Baldini
Language Italian

Programme profile

2nd cycle degree programme graduates will be educated in both the new methodologies and techniques of archaeology and the traditional historical, philological and artistic disciplines. Thus, those attending the 2nd cycle degree programme must possess at least basic knowledge of one of the languages, cultures and histories of the Greek, Roman and Near East world.

At the end of the two years graduates will have:

• advanced scientific, theoretical, methodological and operative knowledge in the humanistic field (classical languages, knowledge of history and history of art in the prehistorical, protohistoric, classical and medieval eras in the Mediterranean and Near East areas) and skill at using ancient written sources;

• skills useful for management, conservation and restoration of the archaeological heritage (methodologies and techniques of excavation, archaeological surveying, classification of materials, restoration and museum science);

• knowledge of IT applied to archaeological contexts and practice in using IT tools and computerised communication in the relevant fields (e.g. topographical and architectural relief, involving GIS).

These skills will allow graduates to operate with a high level of responsibility in public and private ventures involved in research, study, safeguarding and appreciation of the archaeological heritage.

Expected learning outcomes



- will possess good knowledge of the humanistic disciplines specific to classical languages, history and history of ancient art;

- will possess in-depth knowledge of archaeological disciplines concerning the art-history contents, material culture and forms of territorial settlement during the period spanning from prehistory to the high middle ages across the entire area of the Mediterranean and Near East.

The above knowledge and understanding will come through attending lectures, workshops, seminars and/or internships, as well as through practical tasks and home study, as prescribed by the Degree Programme Regulations.

Knowledge of foreign languages is developed by reading in foreign languages as required by the syllabi of course units.

Assessment is mainly through exams and/or intermediate tests (oral and/or written exams, tests, oral presentations).



- will know how to use methodologies and techniques of excavation, topographic and architectural surveys (including GIS), archaeological surveys and material classification, restoration, museum science and IT applied to archaeological sites;

- will be able to produce graphic and photographic representations, and three-dimensional reconstructions (virtual archaeology).

The ability to apply such knowledge and understanding will form through critical reading of texts set for home study and prompted by classroom activities.

Assessment is mainly through exams and/or intermediate tests (oral and/or written exams, tests, oral presentations).



- will know how to plan and develop a didactic and informative apparatus for archaeological museums, exhibitions and sites;

- will have learnt to assess and manage the archaeological heritage according to the needs of the cultural and social context and the expectations of the stakeholders.

Judgement skills are developed and assessed above all through practical activities, organised seminars, internships, preparation of reports, as well as during the task assigned in preparation of the final exam.



- will know how to communicate specific ideas, combining written texts with drawings and images;

- will know how to tailor their speech and writing to the users and recipients (scientific, popularising and educational registers), including age and degree of training;

- will know how to collaborate and communicate effectively within mixed work groups , especially with experts participating alongside archaeological projects (physicists, chemists, computer scientists, geologists, restorers, architects).

Written and oral communication skills are developed during seminars, workshops and practical tasks, and are assessed during each exam.



- will know how to update skills by using various sources and methods (traditional education, e-learning, workshops); they will be able to contextualise new skills and information thanks to interdisciplinary education;

- will be able to prepare bibliographies on specific subjects, and to update and expand knowledge with reference to the international scientific literature.

The learning abilities acquired are a result of the entire period of study and are assessed continuously throughout the learning period, especially in the home study activities required for each exam, individual and/or group projects and tasks leading to the final exam.

Course units

Consult the course units in the study plan Course Structure Diagram


Students who choose an internship as part of their Study Plan (6 ECTS) can complete a period of internship of 150 hours with an Organisation, Institution or Company that has an agreement with the University.

International mobility

The student mobility programmes promoted by the University of Bologna in collaboration with other Universities in the European Union, as well as a number of non-EU Universities, offer the opportunity to do a period of study or an internship abroad. Consult information on opportunities abroad

The University of Bologna provides students with scholarships either for a period of study abroad or to prepare their written paper for the final exam, or subsequently to develop work on the subject of their final paper with a view to publication.

Final examination

To obtain a 2nd cycle Degree, students must take a final exam assessing the attainment of learning outcomes as prescribed by the degree programme. The final exam consists in discussing an original thesis, whose characteristics are defined in the Degree Programme Regulations

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be suited to the following professional roles in the areas of employment indicated:



- coordinating, directing, organising, planning and managing activities and projects involving conservation and appreciation of the archaeological heritage, including popularisation and education;

- coordinating and conducting research on the ground, history studies and contextualisation of sites and materials;

- making the archaeological heritage usable, useful and interesting in relation to the various types of recipient (including the non-expert) by cooperating with local institutions and agencies for the promotion of the territory;

- conducting preventive evaluations and archaeological inspections in relation to public and private building intervention.

Career opportunities:

- Institutions and agencies in charge of conserving and fostering the archaeological heritage (cultural offices and museums);

- public, private and third sector institutions and agencies in charge of researching into and popularising the archaeological heritage (local institutions, foundations, non-profit organisations);

- companies/ enterprises/ cooperatives specialised in consultancy and services collaborating with the above institutions and agencies.

Editor/writer specialised in archaeology


For the specialist sectors:

- writing;

- processing and managing publishing projects;

- preparing and revising texts.

Career opportunities:

- newspapers;

- publishing sector;

- magazines, including digital.

The degree programme project has been submitted to selected external stakeholders in order to receive their opinions and feedbacks on the learning outcomes and the professional profiles.

Contact details

Degree Programme Tutor

dott.ssa Angela Malgieri

e-mail: angelalea.malgieri2@unibo.it

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