Master's Degree in Prehistoric Archeology

General

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Program Description

  • Type of education: Face-to-face.
  • Number of new entry places offered: 40
  • Total credits: 60
  • Languages taught: Spanish.
  • Guide price: € 45.02 per credit.
  • Master's Scholarship: see relevant information here .

About

The UCM Master's in Prehistoric Archeology is an inter-disciplinary master's degree in which departments of the Faculties of Geography and history (departments of Prehistory, Human Geography and Regional Geographical Analysis and Physical Geography), Geological Sciences (Departments of Paleontology, Stratigraphy and Geodynamics) participate. , and Petrology and Geochemistry), Biological Sciences (Departments of Plant Biology I and Zoology and Physical Anthropology), Chemical Sciences (Department of Analytical Chemistry) and Mathematical Sciences (Departmental Section of Astronomy and Geodesy).

The University Master's Degree in Prehistoric Archeology is aimed at students who have completed a Bachelor's or Bachelor's Degree in Archeology, History, Humanities, Art, or related degrees who wish to study in depth subjects of specialization in Prehistoric Archeology. Its academic-scientific nature makes it possible to train researchers in the various sciences dealing with the longest period in human history, from the emergence of our species in Africa nearly three million years ago to the beginning of written history between 5,000 and 1000 years according to the zones of the Earth. The Master's faculty includes principal researchers and members of the teams that carry out excavations in two of the most important sites in human prehistory, Atapuerca in Spain and Olduvai in Tanzania.

The specific subjects of the Master's Degree focus on the Prehistory of the Iberian Peninsula and the scientific methods necessary for its knowledge, following the guidelines of the so-called "Third Scientific Revolution in Archeology", with the new methodologies (genetic, isotopic, analytical studies, etc.) that have opened up unimaginable possibilities of knowledge about our most distant past.

Academic year 2020-21

Course 1

Code Subject Character Credits Offered
606247 Archeology of Celtic and Mediterranean Iberia Mandatory 6.0 Yes
606245 Advanced Analytical Archeometry Mandatory 6.0 Yes
606253 Bioarcheology of Human Remains Optional 3.0 Yes
606242 Paleolithic cultures in the Iberian Peninsula Mandatory 6.0 Yes
608682 Paleoenvironmental Studies: Archaeoboitánica and Paleoclimatología Optional 6.0 Yes
606256 The First Cities of Europe Optional 3.0 Yes
606243 Paleolontology Mandatory 6.0 Yes
606258 External Practices External Practices 6.0 Yes
606246 First Producing and Hierarchical Societies Mandatory 6.0 Yes
606255 Tartessos and the Colonization of the West Optional 3.0 Yes
606244 Theory and Discourse of Prehistory Mandatory 6.0 Yes
606259 End of Master's Project End of Master's Project 6.0 Yes

objective

The University Master's Degree in Prehistoric Archeology is an Interface Master in which various departments of four faculties of the Complutense University participate: Geography and History (Department of Prehistory, Ancient History and Archeology), Geological Sciences (Department of Geodynamics, Stratigraphy and Paleontology), Biological Sciences (Department of Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution) and Chemical Sciences (Department of Analytical Chemistry).

The training offer of the University Master's Degree includes contents that provide critical and specialized knowledge of Prehistory, both in its evolutionary-cultural development and in the specificity of its archaeological and archeometric / scientific sources, so that the student knows in depth the evolution human and can exercise professional practice in the different areas of Prehistoric Archeology, which could be developed in teaching, research and heritage management, both in public and private institutions.

Recipients

This University Master's Degree is aimed at students who have completed a Bachelor's or Bachelor's Degree in Archeology, History, Humanities, Art and related degrees, who wish to study in depth subjects of specialization in material culture and human history prior to the invention of writing that deals with Prehistoric Archeology. Its academic-scientific nature will enable the training of researchers in the area of Prehistory, with the possibility of preparing research papers and doctoral theses.

Why study this master?

The UCM Master's in Prehistoric Archeology is the only one dedicated exclusively to all Prehistory, of those taught by Spanish universities. The prehistoric stage encompasses more than 99.8% of humanity's chronological development, from the appearance of the first hominins in north-eastern Africa two and a half million years ago to the invention of writing 5,000 years ago. The ignorance that still exists about what happened in such a long space of time, and the importance of the developments that took place, make prehistoric research one of the most exciting areas of the human and natural sciences.

The University Master's is divided into two fundamental modules, the first focused on the Prehistory of the Iberian Peninsula and the second on auxiliary scientific methods, which have caused the so-called "Third Scientific Revolution in Archeology". The faculty includes directors and members of the excavation teams of the two most important sites in world prehistory, Atapuerca in Spain and Olduvai in Tanzania. Other of his teachers direct excavations in Spain (Numancia, Ulaca, Pinilla del Valle, Llano de la Horca, Segeda, Coímbre, Los Azules, Abrigo del Molino) and in Africa (Morocco, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Azerbaijan), in addition to ethnoarchaeological projects in Brazil and Ethiopia.

The study of the University Master's Degree also involves the use of the following UCM laboratories: Prehistory Laboratory of Geography and History (FGH), FGH CAI Facilities, Computer Rooms (FGH), Human Paleontology Laboratory (Geological Sciences) , Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry (Chemical Sciences), Laboratory of Plant Physiology (Biological Sciences), Laboratories of Anthropometry and Physical Anthropology (Biological Sciences).

Students will have the opportunity to carry out curricular practices in centers, among which the following have stood out in recent years: National Archaeological Museum, Museum of America, Museum of San Isidro, Museums of Castilla-La Mancha, National School of History and Anthropology of Mexico, Central of Human and Social Sciences of the CSIC, Excavation of the Shelter of San Lázaro, Excavation of Monte Bernorio, Excavation of Numancia and Excavation of Atapuerca, as well as archaeological companies.

Possible career opportunities after completing the University Master's Degree include enrollment in a Doctorate program to carry out a doctoral thesis, preparing for competitive examinations for jobs in administration (teaching, heritage, museums, etc.) and free professional practice in companies Private Archeology, of which the most important have an agreement to carry out practices by the students of the University Master's Degree.

Admission requirements for masters

Non-enabling university masters

  • Be in possession of any of the following titles:
    • Spanish official university degree .
    • Title issued by an institution of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and empowering in the country of issue for access to Master's education.
    • Title of educational systems outside the EHEA that empowers in the country of issuance for access to Master's education, homologated or declared equivalent to the degree and academic level of Degree or Degree by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training . In case of lacking the mentioned homologation or equivalency, it will be necessary to have authorization or access permission granted by this University.
  • Or be carrying out during the course in which you pre-enroll studies leading to the obtaining of any of the previous degrees and be in a position to prove the obtaining of the same before September 30, 2020 .
  • In addition, students from foreign educational systems, whose mother tongue is different from Spanish, must prove level B2 of the Spanish language (or higher) .
  • Specific requirements that any of the requested masters may have. You can consult it by accessing the website of the Master itself.
Last updated Apr 2020

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