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Advanced Studies in Archaeology


The Master's Degree in Advanced Studies in Archeology of the University of Barcelona offers advanced training at the forefront of current archaeological studies, which allow students to approach archeology 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 archeology 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 Archeology 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 archeology, and a specialized pathway, depending on the student's research interests: bioarcheology and paleoenvironment, archeology 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.

Learning objectives

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 archeological record in the field of bioarcheological and paleoenvironmental research into material culture and structures, spaces and territory. Thus, students can join interdisciplinary archeology 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 programme 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.

Basic Information

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Approximate price:
 27,67 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2022-2023
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Geography and History
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