Master degree in The Ancient Mediterranean World (History Archaeology and Art)

General

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Program Description

This two-year English Language Master’s Degree course is offered by the Department of Humanities recognized as a Department of Excellence by the Italian Ministry of Education for 2018-2022 and ranked top 30 in 2018 QS World Ranking for subject Classics & Ancient History.

Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to study the Mediterranean World, considered through Archaeology and History in a unique perspective, combining all the civilizations facing the Mediterranean from the 2nd millennium to the Middle Ages. The course makes full use of Pavia rich archaeological landscape: Pavia is surrounded by world-class Prehistoric, Roman and Medieval heritage and by several Museums with historic Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman collections.

Students will benefit from:

  • Official agreements between the University and several Italian and international Institutions, such as New York University – Institute of Study for Ancient World, the Egyptian Museum of Turin, the Soprintendenza of Piedmont and the Istituto Villa Adriana-Villa d’Este at Tivoli, Rome.
  • Possibilities of internships in Italy and abroad
  • Regular study trips and fieldwork opportunities, such as archaeological excavation.s, surveys, and Museums lab) in Cappadocia (Turkey) and in several parts of Italy, including at two UNESCO world heritage sites, Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli and Dos dell’Arca in Valcamonica.

The following is a sample of a typical study plan: (120 ECTS)

First Year: Ancient Western Asia: History and Civilizations; Greek History and Civilization; Roman History and Civilization; Egypt after the Pharaohs; Archaeology of Ancient Near East; Etruscans and Others; Greek and Roman Archaeology; Reconstructing the Past: Methods and Tools; Field Archaeology Training / Material Culture Laboratory.

Second Year: Archaeological and Museological Aspects of Ancient Egypt; Post-classical Archaeology; Prehistory and Proto-history of the Mediterranean; Greek Religion and Mythology; Filming the Past; Thesis.

Course organization

The program comprises four semesters of teaching (120 ECTS total), followed by a dissertation (36 ECTS) based on your chosen research area.

The degree program encompasses theory, methodology, and practice. You will undertake a varied schedule of learning, from lectures and seminars to fieldwork and museum activities and individual supervision. Assessment includes essays, research projects, concluding with original research for a dissertation on a subject of your choosing.

The following is a sample of a typical study plan (120 ECTS):

First Year:

  • Ancient Western Asia: History and Civilizations;
  • Greek History and Civilization;
  • Roman History and Civilization;
  • Egypt after the Pharaohs;
  • Archaeology of Ancient Near East;
  • Etruscans and Others;
  • Greek and Roman Archaeology;
  • Reconstructing the Past: Methods and Tools;
  • Field Archaeology Training / Material Culture Laboratory.

Second Year:

  • Archaeological and Museological Aspects of Ancient Egypt;
  • Post-classical Archaeology;
  • Prehistory and Proto-history of the Mediterranean;
  • Greek Religion and Mythology;
  • Filming the Past;
  • Thesis.
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Career opportunities

Graduates will be prepared to be employed in a wide range of careers in the fields of archaeology, heritage, and cultural management, academia as well as related careers

Tuition fee

The tuition fee for non-EU students who enter Italy with a study visa is based on a flat rate and depends on citizenship.

If non-EU students come from a family with limited financial resources, they can choose to have their tuition fees calculated according to their family income (from €156,00 to €3.985,00 per year).

Entry qualifications

Undergraduate diploma (or higher)

  • 3 year Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in humanities or social sciences, in one or more of the following areas: archaeology, classics, history, ancient languages, geography, history of art.
  • B2 level English proficiency. The knowledge of the English Language will be verified during the admissions process.
  • The number of positions dedicated to international non-EU students is defined on a yearly basis.

Students must apply for the evaluation of academic qualifications clicking the button “Apply now!” on the right. The eligibility of student graduated abroad is assessed through the evaluation of their academic curriculum. Students who are eligible must sit an admission interview. Interviews will take place in June and September. The interview is indicative, the result of the interview will not be used as a parameter to select students to be admitted to the Master Programme. For detailed information please see the website of the Master Program.

Intakes

EU and Non-EU candidates

  • Start: January 13, 2020
  • End: June 30, 2020

Late intake

  • Start: July 1, 2020
  • End: Non-EU candidates, July 24, 2020; EU candidates, September 1, 2020

Fee Waivers

Fee waivers for international students enrolling in the academic year 2020-2021 are available.

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Italian.

You must take the original entry qualification documents along with you when you finally go to university.

Please note

If you have obtained your diploma outside of Italy, you should provide a declaration of its value (dichiarazione di valore in loco), issued by the Italian authorities (usually Italian Embassy or Consulate) in the country where the qualification was awarded. Please note that the “Dichiarazione di Valore in Loco” should state that the student has completed at least 12 years of pre-university education.

If you are a non-European student residing abroad, you need to do a pre-enrollment via Italian Consulate and start the visa procedures. The official admission at the University of Pavia will be possible only after you will have done this pre-enrollment. Please get in contact with the Italian authority in your country as soon as possible (deadline at the end of July).

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Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

The University of Pavia is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions: it was founded in 1361 and until the 20th century it was the only university in the Milan area and the region of Lombardy. P ... Read More

The University of Pavia is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions: it was founded in 1361 and until the 20th century it was the only university in the Milan area and the region of Lombardy. Pavia has been a city-campus since its foundation and even today it offers its 24,000 students an experience unique in Italy and rare in Europe: studying at 20 University colleges that are largely independent from the administrative structure of the University. The University of Pavia covers all subject areas and is composed of 18 Departments offering study programmes at all levels, from Bachelor’s degrees to Doctorate programmes Read less
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