Admission MA studies

MA studies

Recruitment meeting for MA studies in Archaeology (Studies in English) candidates

We would like to invite you to a special meeting with the Recruitment Committee of the Faculty of Archaeology University of Warsaw. We are going to present the terms of admissions and the recruitment calendar for MA studies in Archaeology.

During the meeting the Recruitment Representative of the Faculty of Archaeology University of Warsaw will try to answer all your questions regarding this year recruitment.

The meeting will be held on the ZOOM on May 11, 2021 (Tuesday) at 18:30.

Link to the meeting:

Meeting ID: 829 1225 3559 Passcode: 206020


The MA programme in Archaeology is available for holders of a BA in Archaeology or related disciplines who are fluent in English. Admission is conducted through the Internet Recruitment of Candidates (IRK) web page.

Registration for Archaeology is open from June 7th until July 5th.

The last day to pay the recruitment/admission fee is July 6th.

Documents required from Candidates for Master’s Degree studies are as follows:

  • the higher education diploma (MA, BA, engineer diploma or equivalent) and transcript of grades obtained during the course of study, entitling to continue university-level study in country in which the diploma was issued,
    or original of the certificate confirming graduation from studies and containing information on level, programme and profile of studies;
  • a personal questionnaire, which includes candidate’s photo, printed out from candidate’s individual registration account in the IRK system and signed by the candidate;
  • an application for issuing electronic student’s id (ELS), which includes candidate’s photo, printed out from candidate’s individual registration account in the IRK system and signed by the candidate;
  • a proof of student’s id  (ELS) payment – in case of candidates not holding ELS;
  • statement on becoming acquainted with the amount of fees for educational services at the University of Warsaw;
  • a legalisation (authorisation) or apostille of the original of secondary school (maturity) certificate and transcript of grades or the higher education diploma and transcript of grades;
  • a document stating that the certificate / diploma entitles to undertake or continue university-level study in country in which the certificate / diploma was issued (a sample form);
  • accepted by the University of Warsaw document confirming proficiency in English language (at least B2 level);
  • A health certificate issued by a doctor stating that you are fit to study (translated if in a different language than English or Polish);
    laboratory request form for Polish candidates.
  • a photocopy of visa or other document proving legalisation of stay in Poland – in case of foreigners staying in Poland

More information about recruitment is found on

Admission rules

The recruitment procedure will take into account the results of the oral exam in English, based mainly on a reading list (below).

Books will mainly concern general archaeological issues common to all fields of science, including history, methodology of archaeology, methodology of archaeological excavations and the specifics of the specialization that the candidate is going to study during second cycle studies.

In the case of foreign candidates, an oral exam can be organized via an Internet communicator (e.g. Skype), allowing for the visual identification of the candidate in accordance with the documents attached by him in the IRK system.

Candidates will be assessed on a scale of 0 to 30 points.

Admission to full-time second cycle studies will depend on obtaining at least 17 points from the oral exam and submitting the set of required documents within deadline, including a university diploma, within the limit of places.

Reading list for the oral exam:

  1. Bahn, P. (ed.), Archaeology: The Essential Guide to Our Human Past, Smithsonian Books, 2017
  2. Balme, J., Paterson, A. (ed.), Archaeology in Practice: a Student Guide to Archaeological Analyses, Oxford, 2014
  3. Coles, J.M., Experimental Archaeology, London, 2010
  4. Hodder, I., Hutson, S., Reading the Past: Current Approaches to Interpretation in Archaeology, Cambridge, 2003
  5. Renfrew,C., Bahn, P., Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice, London, 2012

Date of qualifiaction interview: 12th-13th of July, 2021, from 10 a.m.

Tuition fee

We also welcome Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus students of archaeology and related disciplines for one/two semester stays.


Inquiries concerning recruitment:

Inquiries concerning the Internet Admission System:

Inquiries concerning student life (dormitories, scholarships, etc.):