University/Inter-university Master’s Degree in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution (Erasmus Mundus)

Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Program Description

University/Inter-university Master’s Degree in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution (Erasmus Mundus)

Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Master in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution (Erasmus Mundus)

This master's degree has three main areas: research into human palaeoecology and prehistory, palaeoanthropology, geology and palaeoontology of the Quaternary; archaeological intervention; and the management, conservation and socialisation of archaeological heritage. It shares objectives and educational activities with the degrees in History and Anthropology and Human Evolution through introductory subjects to a specialisation in archaeology.

It offers a specialised, career-oriented degree designed to prepare students for research in the field of Quaternary archaeology without neglecting the important demands of society and the labour market. It aims to train students to evaluate and draw up reports on archaeological interventions so that they can work as specialists in the field of archaeology or in the management of archaeological heritage

Career opportunities

Research in Quaternary archeology and human evolution, with specialisations in the disciplinary branches, including field and rescue archeology, dissemination and museumisation of human evolution and Quaternary archeology, and conservation and restoration of archaeological material of the Pleistocene.

Timetable

Classes are held in the morning and afternoon/evening from Monday to Friday. The face-to-face part of each subject is concentrated in two weeks.

Language of instruction

Catalan/Spanish/English

Participating universities

  • University of Ferrara (Italy)
  • Polytechnic Institute of Tomar (Portugal)
  • University of Tràs-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal)
  • National Museum of Natural History (Paris, France)

FIRST YEAR: Compulsory subjects

  • Computer Science and Statistics Applied to Archaeology
  • Geology of the Quaternary
  • Prehistory of Asia and Oceania
  • Prehistory in Europe
  • Prehistory in Africa
  • Excavation and Record Methods in Quaternary Archaeology
  • Human Paleocology

SECOND YEAR: Compulsory subjects

  • Epistemology and the Theory of Knowledge in Archaeology
  • Human Evolution
  • Master's Thesis
  • Final Master's Project

OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

  • Ethnoarchaeology
  • Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction
  • Crystallographic Characterization and Chemistry of Archaeological Materials
  • The Archaeology of Symbolic Behaviour
  • Prehistory of the Iberian Peninsula
  • Prehistory of America
  • Spatial Archaeology
  • Systems of Graphic Documentation in Pleistocene Archaeology
  • Archaeology of the Mind and Cognition
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Lithic Technology
  • Zooarchaeology and Taphonomy
  • Molecular Archaeology
  • Microscopic Analysis in Archaeology
  • Interpretation of Heritage and the Socialization of Archaeology
  • Preservation and Restoration in Pleistocene Archaeology
  • Mammals Palaeontology: Systematics and Evolution

Admission qualifications

A degree in chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry, geology, history, art history, humanities, anthropology, geography and study of the preservation and restoration of cultural property, with a specialisation in archaeological materials or in areas related to the above and to this master's degree.

Specific documentation

As well as the compulsory documentaion required for pre-enrolment to the programme, students must also submit the following documents:

  • Proof of mastery of a foreign language, preferably English
  • Proof of knowledge of basic ICT skills

Selection criteria

Pre-enrolled students will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Having participated in excavations and/or research in the field of Quaternary archaeology and human evolution.
  • Mastery of expression and comprehension in a foreign language, preferably English.
  • Having basic ICT skills.
  • Having a broad perspective of the world and experience and ease of mobility within the European area.
  • Previous research, capacity for teamwork and relevant high-quality research work.

If demand for places exceeds capacity, the School will order the applications according to the following criteria and tests:

a) Academic record (5 points)

  1. Access route: a pre-EHEA degree (1 point)
  2. Average numerical grade on the academic record (4 points). The score for each subject will be evaluated according to the following conversion table: Fail = 0, Pass = 1, Good = 2, Excellent = 3, Distinction = 4 (Pass is considered to be a mark of 5 to 6.9; Good, 7 to 8.9; Excellent, 9 to 9.9; Distinction, 10).
  • Subjects of 3 credits: 0.5 points
  • Subjects of 4.5 credits: 0.75 points
  • Subjects of 6 credits: 1 point
  • Subjects of 9 credits: 1.5 points
  • Subjects of 12 credits: 2 points
  • Subjects of fewer than 3 credits: 0.15 per credit

b) Personal interview (2 points)

Applicants must demonstrate their motivation and interest in taking the master's degree, their knowledge and mastery of the field of Quaternary archaeology and human evolution, and their availability. Applications will be ranked and ordered by decreasing score until the places have been filled, according to the above criteria. If two students have exactly the same score, the average score for the academic record plus the score for the personal interview will be the deciding factors. However, if there is no shortage of places, the Admissions Committee may accept students without prioritising their merits.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Catalan


Last updated April 24, 2017
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