Studies

The study programme is designed to give students the best training in the archaeological profession and to provide them with knowledge and skills helpful for a good start in other fields. Our programme encompasses a wide variety of subjects, including general humanities courses as well as science-oriented courses, such as Techniques of Data Acquisition and Processing – important assets on the modern job market.

The study programme places an emphasis on Mediterranean Archaeology and provides the students with background knowledge and practical skills enabling them to take part in archaeological expeditions and explorations all over the world. Excavation training is obligatory during the course of studies, and the Institute of Archaeology offers numerous sites for students to choose from.

Before you start attending the classes, please check whether you submitted all necessary application documents to the Students’ Affairs Office. As soon as all the these documents are submitted, you will be able to log in to the USOSweb system with the same login and password as to the IRK (application) system:

USOS

Then, you can choose the classes and lectures according to your programme and schedule. Please note that OGUN lectures must be paid for with tokens, which are visible on your account. For any questions concerning the USOSweb system, visit the Welcome Point on the Main Campus

Registration assistance

Below you will find the orientation handout, which can be helpful at the beginning.

For any questions concerning the BA programme, please contact the Head of the Studies in English, Dr. Wiesław Więckowski (w.c.wieckowski@uw.edu.pl).

Orientation handout 2018_19

Programme of BA Studies

The programme with ECTS points is presented below. 

During a few last years, the BA programme has evolved, causing some minor changes between required courses between students starting the studies at different times. Below information shows the most recent programme that will be valid for students starting a BA in archaeology in October 2019. Students of previous years will find suitable information on required courses in a printable version depending on the year that they started studying BA in archaeology.

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

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

Printable versions of the BA programme for students starting in Oct 2017

Printable versions of the BA programme for students starting in Oct 2016

1st year

2nd year

* Please check the information provided here

3rd year

    • Proseminar I: Egypt and Near East – 60 hrs (6 ECTS)
    • Proseminar II: Classical archaeology – 60 hrs (6 ECTS)
    • Introduction to methodology – Obligatory conversatory, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)
    • Scientific workshop – Obligatory conversatory, 30 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Optional classes – Classes selected from the offer, 3 x 30 hrs (3 x 3 ECTS)
    • OGUN (General Humanities Lecture), 60 hrs (5 ECTS)
    • Ancient Language (Greek) – Seminar, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Modern Language – 120 hrs,  (4 ECTS)*
    • Modern Language EXAM  – 0 hrs, (2 ECTS)*
    • Sports – 60 hrs (0 ECTS)
    • Field walking surveys – 30 hrs, (1 ECTS)
    • BA thesis – (16 ECTS)
    • SUM OF ECTS: 60

* Please check the information provided here

Payment table for 2016_2017

Payment table for 2017_2018

Payment table for 2018_2019

Rector’s order and the payment table 2019_2020

 

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

THE INFORMATION IN THE TABLE PRESENTING MA PROGRAMME FOR STUDENTS STARTING IN OCTOBER 2019 (presently 2nd year of MA) HAS BEEN CORRECTED. SORRY FOR INCONVENIENCE.

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 (REVISED) 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)
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    • 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

BA studies

All classes are held as remote classes until May 24th.
Please refer to the list (LISTA)

Winter semester Oct 2019 – Jan 2020

BA 1st year schedule 2019/2020
BA 2nd year schedule 2019/2020
BA 3rd year schedule 2019/2020

Summer semester Feb 2020 – Jun 2020
(the schedule still may be subject to modification)

BA 1st year schedule 2019/2020
BA 2nd year schedule 2019/2020
BA 3rd year schedule 2019/2020

MA studies

Winter semester Oct 2019 – Jan 2020

MA 1st year schedule 2018-2019
MA 2nd year schedule 2018-2019

Summer semester Feb 2020 – Jun 2020
(the schedule still may be subject to modification)

MA 1st year schedule 2018-2019
MA 2nd year schedule 2018-2019

1) First check the information provided on this website, then contact the Instructor for detailed information regarding all arrangements. You will find a lot of information on the Information Boards by the entrance to the Institute – including dates of organizational meetings during which you will learn everything you need to know about the field training.

2) Register for participation with the Instructor, unless stated otherwise in the instructions. Registration in USOS will be open ahead of the starting date. If you register with the Instructor, he/she will provide the list to be registered in USOS.

Please note: Not all of the field training instructors accept foreign (non-Polish speaking) students due to various reasons. This decision, because of very specific character of the field training and safety reasons, is always left to their discretion. Students of BA and MA English Programmes with good command of Polish may register for the surveys and excavations appearing also in the Polish version of the website (after contact and acceptance from the Instructor). This is why the field training offer differs on the Polish and English versions of the website.

3) In order to receive a grade for participation in the excavations required by the study programme, every Participant should be inscribed in USOS and fill out Assessment Excavations ENG together with the Instructor. This document includes some basic info on the site and lists all required activities and grades to be obtained by the Participant.

4) Additionally, by the end of the field walking survey or excavations, all the Participants should evaluate them, just as Students evaluate every class they take. The evaluation documents are here: SURVEY and  EXCAVATlONS and the rules specifying how the evaluation procedure should be implemented (for Instructors) here in Polish: procedura oceny zajęć .
Both documents should be delivered to the Sekretariat before the end of the academic year.

Field walking survey -“powierzchniówki”- is compulsory field training for all students of undergraduate and Master’s degree programmes. It consists of 30 hrs of classes, cumulated in one week, and usually takes place in the second year of both undergraduate and graduate studies.
Students interested in taking part in a field walking survey should report to the instructor or enroll in USOS, after the dates for the survey are published.
The conditions of participation vary depending on the group – detailed information is provided by the instructor.

When in doubt, please contact w.c.wieckowski@uw.edu.pl

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In accordance with the UW Rector’s Announcement, all classes (including field training) are suspended until May 24th. 

In May-June, a remote course equivalent to field walking survey class is offered. Please contact Julia Chyla – the Instructor for English speaking students.

The remote course is ONLY offered to students who were enrolled in the spring classes, as well as to third-year undergraduate and second-year master’s students who have not yet completed it.

Field Walking Survey – spring 2020

If you need to take part in the Field Walking Survey this spring (check your study program) please contact me directly. There is one group with dr Marcin Białowarczuk giving the instructions for the FWS near Warsaw (with the public transportation) – contact him directly, or ask me about the details. This group has different dates for the training (contact the instructor).
dr Wiesław Więckowski

Other groups available for English speaking students (those who speak Polish freely may contact instructors from the Polish version of the website HERE) are listed below.
Limit shows the number of participants for both – Polish and English speaking students.

MRĄGOWO area, woj. warmińsko-mazurskie (northeastern Poland), land-water survey (no need for diving licence), own sleeping-bag obligatory.
dates: 30.03-03.04
instructor: mgr Artur Brzóska
limit: 8 students
Information and registration – contact the instructor.

Northern Mazovia, northeastern Poland, field walking survey, accommodations at „Dworek nad Wkrą”, private car.
dates: 30.03-03.04
instructor: dr Andrzej Szela
limit: 8 students
Information – contact the instructor, and registration through USOS.
more:  https://www.archeologia.uw.edu.pl/badania/badania-krajowe/

Excavations training is an essential part of the Archaeology study programme. Participation is obligatory.
At BA level, the requirement is 450 hrs (ca. 3 months)*
At MA level, the requirement is 200 hrs (ca. 1.5 months) for full-time students and 300 hrs for part-time students.

For the MA students, who started in 2019/20 – the requirement is 150 h.
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* be aware that there was a BA Studies in English programme requiring 600h of field training.


Due to the situation prevailing in the country and in the world, the information below may be subject to change.

We will keep you updated on changes.


EXCAVATIONS OFFER 2020

for information on the excavations contact either the Instructor or the co-ordinator (dr Wiesław Więckowski)

The University of Warsaw authorities have agreed to our request to carry out excavation exercises for students of archeology in Poland, at the sites of Człuchów, Iłża, Lake Białe, Lubanowo, Pławno, Podlesie, Puck, Warsaw, Wólka Prusinowska, Zgliczyn Pobodze and abroad – in Tunisia (Mustis).
The condition of their implementation is, of course, maintaining the principles set out in the Rector’s ordinance (No. 105) and the guidelines of the instructions on the implementation of excavation exercises.

Please contact the instructors.

It is also possible to postpone field training (excavations) to the next year without any consequences. Only application is required (the method of submitting applications on the NEWS page).

Excavation “equivalents” are possible to perform in the form of:
– remote / stationary classes in the work with excavation material and excavation documentation (currently two are available – please contact Prof. P. Szymański and dr E. Łukaszewicz – more soon)
– “internships” in cultural institutions statutorily related to archeology (museums, conservation workshops, etc.) – contact with such an institution lies with the student, the Institute may issue a letter of recommendation.

As of June 5, 2020, a Rector’s new ordinance No. 120  regarding the submission of the diploma thesis and conducting the diploma exam in a remote mode is in force. Please read it and apply the bachelor’s and master’s theses for upcoming defenses.
At the same time, I would like to remind you that previous ordinances basically excluded the possibility of conducting stationary defense.

For the guide how to proceed please contact your supervisor.
The guidelines are in Polish and HERE.

First pages template

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Before defending a thesis all the students have to be sure they are qualified.

Then they should deliver the following to the Students’ Affairs Office (at least 14 working days before the thesis defense date):

– One copy of the thesis for BA (printed on both sides and bounded!), two bounded copies for MA –  printed on both sides.

– Library clearance slip (USOSweb- Common Section – Clearance slips)

– The first three pages of the thesis (digital copy), and the first three pages of the thesis must comprise the following:

Attachment 1 – The title page

Attachment 2- Synopsis (up to 800 characters), keywords (up to 10), Thesis discipline code (Archeologia 08400), thematic classification (the seminar or proseminar name),

Attachment 3 – The author’s and supervisor’s declaration with handwritten signatures

– A digital copy of the thesis in PDF format, in a single file (including the attachments listed above, without  the signatures in Attachment 3) – (no bigger than 15 MB)
– A written information with the date and time of the examination, and the composition of the Examination Committee (Head of Committee, Supervisor, Reviewer) – and these students have to determine with their supervisor,

A copy of the thesis in .doc format must also be delivered to the thesis supervisor for plagiarism verification.

During the process please make a payment 60PLN for the diploma (on each personal account bank number).

To collect your diploma, please report to the dean’s office of the Faculty of Hosting.

dziekanat.441@uw.edu.pl

The dean’s office of the student section is located at ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28 in the new administrative and didactic building of the Faculty of History of the University of Warsaw (next to the Historical Institute of the University of Warsaw), ground floor, room 111.