Programme of MA studies

Archaeology

Profile: bioarchaeology and archaeological science

Overview

We offer in-depth training in the excavation of human and animal remains as well as courses in osteology, bone taphonomy and archaeological chemistry. Our lecturers have substantial fieldwork experience in various areas of the Near East and specialist lectures and classes will be accompanied by the general curriculum in the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East.

 Our graduates will become professional excavators of cemeteries and animal bone deposits, with training in osteology being sufficient for fieldwork macroscopic analyses of human remains, including sex and age assessment, basic palaeopathology, stress markers, metric measurements and basic odontology. They will be able to place results of bioarchaeological research in a wider historical and ecological context, as well as to carry out various kinds of more specific laboratory research.

Programme

In the academic year of 2019-2020, we are introducing a new programme for MA in archaeology, causing some changes in the approach to the courses. Below information shows programme that will be valid for students starting an MA in archaeology in October 2019. Students continuing the second year of MA will find suitable information on required courses in a printable version below.

Printable versions of the MA programme for students starting in Oct 2019

Printable versions of the MA programme for students starting in Oct 2018

1st year

    • Seminar I: Bioarchaeology – 60 hrs  (9 ECTS)*
    • Seminar II: Near East archaeology – 60 hrs (9 ECTS)*
    • History of Archaeology: Birth of Archaeology – Lecture, 30 hrs (2 ECTS)
    • Introduction to Bioarchaeology – Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Methodology of Archaeology – Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Scientific writing workshop – Obligatory class, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)
    • Obligatory courses – Class, 2 x 30 hrs (2 x 3 ECTS):*
      • obligatory course I: Basic human osteology – Class, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)*
      • obligatory course I: Advanced human osteology – Class, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)*
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      • obligatory course II: Selected Problems of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology – Class, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)*
      • obligatory course II: Aspects of Ancient Egyptian Culture (selected problems) – Class, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)*
    • Obligatory workshops  – Class, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)*
      • obligatory workshop I: Bioarchaeology – Class, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)*
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      • obligatory workshop II: Exploring academic research papers – Class, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)*
    • facultative courses – Class, 2 x 30 hrs (2 x 3 ECTS)
    • Selected general humanities lecture [OGUN] – Lecture, 60 hrs (5 ECTS)
    • Excavations – 150 hrs (9 ECTS)
    • SUM OF ECTS: 60.

* Students decide the specialisation they want to choose for Master Thesis (either I. Bioarchaeology or II. Near East Archaeology). According to this choice they have to choose the appropriate obligatory courses (Obligatory courses I if Bioarchaeology is chosen or Obligatory courses II if Near East Archaeology is chosen) and, similarly, the appropriate obligatory workshop (either Bioarchaeology or Exploring academic research papers).  The course that student is not obliged to pass as a part of specialisation can be chosen as a facultative course (e.g. Bioarchaeology student can choose Aspects of Ancient Egyptian Culture as a facultative course).

The list of available courses is presented each year in a course schedule.

Printable version of the MA 1st year programme

2nd year

  • Seminar – 60 hrs (9 ECTS)
    • Seminar I: Bioarchaeology – 60 hrs  (9 ECTS)
    • Seminar II: Near East archaeology – 60 hrs (9 ECTS)
  • facultative courses – Class, 6 x 30 hrs (6 x 3 ECTS)
  • Obligatory workshops  – Class, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)*
  • Selected general humanities lecture [OGUN] – Lecture, 60 hrs (5 ECTS)
  • Field survey training – 30 hrs (1 ECTS)
  • MA thesis – (24 ECTS)
  • SUM OF ECTS: 60.

The list of available courses is presented each year in a course schedule.

PLEASE NOTE: In case of a small number of students the general programme may be modified each year. Students who are interested in other areas of archaeology may be allowed to enrol in some of our Polish seminars as external students (knowledge of Polish required). Some facultative courses and monographic lectures may be available on a bi-annual basis. Please consult the administrative office (archaeology.studies@uw.edu.pl) and Head of the MA Studies in English, Dr Wiesław Więckowski  (w.c.wieckowski@uw.edu.pl) if you would like to modify the schedule planned for the next semester.


Printable version of the MA 2nd year programme

Payment table for 2016_2017

Payment table for 2017_2018

Payment table for 2018_2019

Rector’s order and the payment table 2019_2020