Studies

Overview

The study programme extensively covers new trends in archaeological research and discusses archaeology’s social function. Our course focuses mostly on Mediterranean archaeology and providing students with the elementary knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to participate in excavations anywhere around the world.

The programme includes a wide range of courses on general topics in archaeology, as well as in-depth courses on prehistoric and ancient societies of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Roman Provinces and the Americas. Simultaneously, our course focuses on practical aspects; excavation methods, field documentation, data acquisition and processing techniques, all indispensable in modern academic practice, or museology, which prepares students for  exhibition organisation and cooperation with cultural institutions.

A significant element within the programme is field training: field walking survey and excavation seasons. The excavations are conducted by researchers affiliated with the Faculty of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw, in Poland or abroad – in Egypt, Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Italy, South America and many more locations.

During their studies, students acquire specialist knowledge in archaeology enabling their active participation in excavations at sites of diverse character – reading and documenting stratigraphy, handling measuring devices, preparing research or museum catalogue entries, searching archives, performing scholarly analyses and drawing conservation records, as well as realising exhibitions.

Professional and general knowledge developed in the course of their studies, as well as competencies in individual work and cooperation within a team, form a strong base for further studies at the second-cycle level in archaeology and other fields.

Programme

Printable version of the BA programme

1st year

    • Introduction to Archaeology – Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Archaeology of Egypt and Nubia – Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS) and obligatory classes, 60 hrs (5 ECTS)
    • Archaeology of the Ancient Near East – Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS) and obligatory classes, 60 hrs (5 ECTS)
    • Outline of Prehistoric Archaeology – Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Environmental Archaeology – Lecture, 30 hrs (2 ECTS)
    • Bioarchaeology – Lecture, 30 hrs (2 ECTS)
    • Archaeological Excavation Methods and Surveying  – Obligatory classes, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Techniques of Data Acquisition and Processing – Obligatory classes, 30 hrs (2 ECTS)
    • OGUN (General University Humanities Lecture) – Lecture (selected from the offer), 60 hrs (5 ECTS)
    • Intellectual Property Protection – Obligatory classes,  4 hrs (0.5 ECTS)
    • Occupational Health and Safety – Obligatory classes, 4 hrs (0.5 ECTS)
    • Sport – 30 hrs (no ECTS)*
    • Excavations – 300 hrs (18 ECTS)

Sum of ECTS: 60

* Please check the information provided here

2nd year

    • Archaeology of Rome and the Roman Provinces – Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS) and obligatory classes, 60 hrs (5 ECTS)
    • Archaeology of Greece – Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS) and obligatory classes, 60 hrs (5 ECTS)
    • Outline of Archaeology of the Americas –  Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Museology, Conservation and Popularisation of Archaeology – Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Ancient Technology: Stone, Pottery and Glass – Obligatory classes, 30 hrs (2 ECTS)
    • Ancient Technology: Organic Materials – Obligatory classes, 30 hrs (2 ECTS)
    • Archaeological Documentation Methods – Obligatory classes, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Photography and Drawing of Artefacts – Obligatory classes, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • OGUN (General University Humanities Lecture) – Lecture (selected from the offer), 60 hrs (5 ECTS)
    • Ancient Language (Latin) – Obligatory classes, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Modern Language– Classes, 120 hrs (4 ECTS)*
    • Sport – 60 hrs (0 ECTS)**
    • Excavations – 150 hrs (9 ECTS)

Sum of ECTS: 60

* Please check the information provided here
** 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)
    • Optional classes – Classes selected from the offer, 3 x 30 hrs (3 x 3 ECTS)
    • Introduction to Methodology – Obligatory conversatory, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)
    • Scientific Workshop – Obligatory conversatory, 30 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • OGUN (General University 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)*
    • Sport 60 hrs (0 ECTS)**
    • Fieldwalking surveys – 30 hrs, (1 ECTS)
    • BA thesis – (16 ECTS)

Sum of ECTS: 60

* Please check the information provided here
** Please check the information provided here

 

Printable versions of the BA programme for 3r year of BA (students starting in Oct 2018) OLD PROGRAMME

 

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

USOS registration assistance

For any questions concerning the BA programme, please contact the Head of Archaeology (Studies in English), Dr. Katarzyna Pyżewicz wa.head.archeology@uw.edu.pl

 

TUITION FEE AND PAYMENTS

 

Foreign students have a right to learn the Polish language for free.
Students of the first cycle (Bachelor’s degree) can get:
• 240 tokens for Polish language classes
• 180 tokens for lectures organized by Polonicum
• 2 tokens for a state certificate examination

http://polonicum.uw.edu.pl/en/courses-during-the-academic-year
http://polonicum.uw.edu.pl/en/state-certificate-examinations

For more details, please contact the Head of Archaeology (Studies in English), Dr. Katarzyna Pyżewicz wa.head.archeology@uw.edu.pl

Profile:
Bioarchaeology and/or Eastern Mediterranean and Near Eastern Archaeology

Overview

The programme is designed for candidates from all around the world who want to study bioarchaeology and Eastern Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology. We offer in-depth courses 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 are accompanied by the general curriculum in the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East.

A significant element within the programme is field training: field walking survey and excavation seasons. The excavations are conducted by researchers affiliated with the Faculty of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw, in Poland or abroad – in Egypt, Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Italy, South America and many more locations.

In the course of the programme, students will gain expertise in particular specialisations within archaeology, practical knowledge in excavating burial grounds as well as handling animal and human remains. At the same time, they will receive general humanistic knowledge enabling them to engage in interdisciplinary cooperation with researchers from other fields of study.

Our graduates will become professional excavators of cemeteries and animal bone deposits, with training in osteology 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 carry out various kinds of more specific laboratory research. Graduates of this second-cycle course will be prepared for independent research, as well as working for research and educational institutions, museums and conservation laboratories.

Programme

Printable version of the MA programme

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 their 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 a student is not obliged to pass as a part of their specialisation can be chosen as a facultative course (e.g. a Bioarchaeology student can choose Aspects of Ancient Egyptian Culture as a facultative course).

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

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)*
      • 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)*
    • 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 the course schedule.

 

PLEASE NOTE: When the number of students is low, 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 Head of Archaeology (Studies in English), Dr. Katarzyna Pyżewicz (wa.head.archeology@uw.edu.pl) if you would like to modify the schedule planned for the next semester.

 

TUITION FEE AND PAYMENTS

 

Foreign students have a right to learn the Polish language for free.
Students of the second cycle (Master’s degree) can get:
• 240 tokens for Polish language classes
• 180 tokens for lectures organized by Polonicum

http://polonicum.uw.edu.pl/en/courses-during-the-academic-year

For more details, please contact the Head of Archaeology (Studies in English), Dr. Katarzyna Pyżewicz wa.head.archeology@uw.edu.pl

FOR STUDENTS

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 Faculty – 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 FIELD training form_EN 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: Evaluation sheet of excavation field training and Evaluation sheet of field survey training and the rules specifying how the evaluation procedure should be implemented (for Instructors) here in Polish: procedura oceny zajęć .
Both documents should be delivered via email to the address: wa.student@uw.edu.pl by one of the students or in paper to the vice-Dean of the students’ affairs before the end of the academic year.

For information on the field training contact either the Head of Archaeology (Studies in English) or vice-Dean for students’ affairs.

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.

For information on the field walking survey contact either the Instructor or the Head of Archaeology (Studies in English).

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.

For information on the excavations contact either the Instructor or the Head of Archaeology (Studies in English).


Excavations training – summer 2021

This year’s excavations for students will be organized only in Poland, including the sites within Warsaw and its surroundings. The authorities of the Faculty will provide places for everyone. Currently, an offer is being collected from the Faculty members. Those who can’t arrive to Poland due to pandemic, may take part in the excavations conducted in their countries.

The list of excavations for students (it is constantly supplemented)

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):

-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

– 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:

APD:
The student adds the title of the thesis in Polish, English abstract and keywords into the APD system. After approving the changes, the student opens a new set, upload the diploma thesis into the APD system in the form of a PDF file (not larger than 15 MB). The name of the file must be in accordance with the instructions contained in Annex 4 to Order No. 8 of the Rector of the University of Warsaw of August 31, 2004, as amended, available at www.apd.uw.edu.pl. File names with division below:
First-cycle studies
2800-LIC-AR-PESEL
Second-cycle studies
2800-MGR-AR-PESEL

Then the student approves the whole set.,

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 Office for Student Affairs:

m.adamiak@uw.edu.pl

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