Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Classical Archaeology



The curriculum of the Master's Degree in Classical Archaeology is divided into three semesters that can be taken in a year and a half, at the end of which students must submit and present their master's degree thesis.

The course is divided into subjects with the following content:

There are three priority areas of specialisation:

  1. Landscape archaeology
  2. Archeology of architecture
  3. Archaeology of cultural material

Students will be providedwith basic, methodological, technological and advanced training.
Students will also do work experience that familiarises them with fieldwork, archaeological management, research or museum management.

Career opportunities

Inter-university Master's Degree in Classical Archaeology
Duration 90 ECTS credits - one and a half years
Track Professional
Type  Face-to-face
Specialisations Archaeology of architecture; Landscape Archaeology;Economics, commerce and materials
Timetable Classes are held in the morning and afternoon/evening, mainly at the Faculty of Arts of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and at the Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology. Some subjects are taught at the Faculty of Arts of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Blended learning subjects are also taught through on the URV's and UAB's virtual campuses.
Mobility Limited to Barcelona and Tarragona. Possibility of Erasmus mobility.
Work placement Compulsory between the three institutions involved
Language of instruction Catalan/Spanish. Occasional seminars in English, French or Italian
Places Available 25
Collaborating Institutions Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICAC)
Participating universities Universitat Rovira i Virgili (coordinating university)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Faculty of Arts

Associated doctoral programme Classical Archaeology
Course date

Classes are held from beginning October 2016 to end May 2017.

Master's degree final project Students must submit and present their theses at the end of June.
Academic coordinator Dra. Eva Subías Pascual

Coordinator's email address

Administrative contact 

Campus catalunya Secretariat of Academic Management
977 297 000

Social networks https://www.facebook.com/MasterArqueologiaClassica
Specific grants for this master's degree Initial research grants from the Catalan Institute of Classical Archeology.


Quality assurance

         Master's Degree thesis regulations

Student Profile

This master's degree is designed for graduates in archaeology, history, art history or classical philology. Graduates in similar fields such as anthropology, architecture and geography may also apply for admission.







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2nd 12 - 6 12 30




6 12 90
FIRST YEAR: Compulsory subjects
First semester
12805101 Historical Evolution of the Landscape: Palaeoenvironment and GIS 6
12805102 Drawing and Restoration Techniques for Architecture 6
12805103 Iconography and Artistic Productions 3
  Optional subjects 15
Second semester
12805104 Archaeometry Transformed / Non-Transformed Materials 3
12805105 Emergency Archeology and Letters of Risk 6
12805106 Textual Sources for Historical Research: Epigraphy and Papyrology 6
12805107 Legal Framework of the Archaeological Heritage * 3
  Optional subjects 12
SECOND YEAR: Compulsory subjects
First semester
12805108 Career Guidance in Archeology and Deontology * 3
12805109 Archaeology of the Landscape: Methods and Techniques 3
12805110 Technical Analysis of Architecture 3
12805111 Economy, Trade and Materials 3
12805401 Work Placement 6
12805301 Final Master's Project 12

(*) This/these subject/s make up the competences required for the subject Career Counselling Citizenship.


In this section you will find the list of all the optional subjects on the curriculum. Before you select the subjects you wish to register for, please make sure that they have been activated

12805201 Methods and Techniques in Archaological Excavation 6
12805202 Introduction to The Archaeology of the Territory 3
12805203 Archaeology of Architecture 3
12805204 Introduction to Ceramography 3
12805205 Archaeology of Roman Provinces 3
12805206 Archaeology of Dearth 3
12805207 Archaeology of War 3
12805208 Archaeology of Hydraulics 3
12805209 Religion and Mythology in the World Classical 3
12805210 Archaeology of Colonization 3
12805211 Iberian Archaeology  3
12805212 Archaeology of Territory in the Ancient Mediterranean 3
12805213 Archaeology of Late Antiquity 3
12805214 Archaeology of Production and Ancient Technology 3
12805215 Greek and Roman Architecture 3
12805216 Roman Legal Institutions 3
12805217 Archaeology of the Greco-Roman Orient 3
12805218 Dissemination and Transfer of Knowledge in Archaeology 3
12805219 Statiscal Methods Applied to Archaeology  3
12204221 The Archaeology of Greece (URV) 6
12204257 History and Archaeology of Greece (URV) 6
12204220 The Archaeology of Rome (URV) 6
12204256 History and Archaeology of Rome (URV) 6
12204224 Mediterranean Protohistory (URV) 6
12805220 Epigraphy and Numismatics (UAB) 6
12805221 Tools for Classical Studies (UAB) 6

(**)After checking the candidate's transcript, the body responsible for admission can decide that the student must attend and satisfactorily complete some of the subjects that are programmed as bridging courses.

Especific requirements

Admission qualifications

A degree in history, archaeology, art history or a related field.
A degree in humanities, philology, social and cultural anthropology, geography or a related field.
Students who are admitted to the course with degrees in humanities, classical philology, social and cultural anthropology, geography, architecture or engineering must take a bridging course of up to 18 credits, as decided by the Admissions Committee. For other situations not described above, the Admissions Committee will assess the need for a bridging course.
To obtain the 18 ECTS credits of the bridging course, students will be informed of the subjects they must study from the URV's Bachelor's Degree in History and the UAB's Bachelor's Degree in Archaeology:



Selection criteria

Pre-enrolled students will be selected according to the following criteria:
1. Suitability of the admission qualification, up to 35 points, according to the following scale:
     a) Degrees in the humanities and social sciences: up to 35 points,
     b) Degrees in the field of engineering: up to 20 points,
     c) Other qualifications: 0 points.
2. Evaluation of the students' academic record in the university degree qualifying them for admission to the master's degree: up to 35 points.
3. Complementary training relevant to the content of the master's degree (courses, seminars or other training activities, for which proof must be provided, and attendance at archaeological excavations): up to 20 points.
4. Language competence (English, French or German): up to 10 points.

Check the regulations governing access and admission