Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution (Erasmus Mundus)

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International Master's Programme award

This master's degree has  three main areas: research into human palaeoecology and prehistory, palaeoanthropology, geology and palaeoontology of the Quaternary; archaeological intervention; and the management, conservation and socialisation of archaeological heritage. It shares objectives and educational activities with the degrees in History and Anthropology and Human Evolution through introductory subjects to a specialisation in archaeology.

It offers a specialised, career-oriented degree designed to prepare students for research in the field of Quaternary archaeology without neglecting the important demands of society and the labour market. It aims to train students to evaluate and draw up reports on archaeological interventions so that they can work as specialists in the field of archaeology or in the management of archaeological heritage

Career opportunities

Research in Quaternary archaeology and human evolution, with specialisations in the disciplinary branches, including field and rescue archaeology, dissemination and museumisation of human evolution and Quaternary archeology, and conservation and restoration of archaeological material from the Pleistocene.

Inter-university Master's Degree in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution
Title description (RUCT link) Inter-university Master's Degree in Quaternary Archaelogy and Human Evolution
Duration 120 ECTS credits - 2 years
Track Research
Type  Face-to-face
Timetable

Classes are held in the morning and afternoon/evening from Monday to Friday. The face-to-face part of each subject is concentrated in two weeks.

Mobility To obtain the Erasmus Mundus qualification, students must study for at least one semester in at least one of the other participating universities.
Language of instruction Catalan/Spanish/English
Places available 20
Collaborating institutions Catalan Institute of Human Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES)
Participating universities
  • University of Ferrara (Italy)
    Polytechnic Institute of Tomar (Portugal)
    University of Tràs-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal)
    National Museum of Natural History (Paris, France)
Faculty

Faculty of Arts

Associated doctoral programme Quaternary and Prehistory
Website of the master's degree Master's Degree in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution
Course dates From 1 October to the end of May. The master's thesis can be submitted in June or September of the second year.
Academic coordinator Dr Carlos Lorenzo Merino
Coordinator's email address carlos.lorenzo(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat
Administrative contact

Campus Catalunya Secretariat for Academic Management
977 297 000
admissiomatricula.campuscatalunya(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat

Specific grants for this master's degree

Erasmus Mundus scholarships for European and non-European students.
Catalunya - La Pedrera Foundation scholarships for students taking master's degrees of excellence.
Mobility grants from the Mediterranean Office for Youth (MOY).
 
 

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Student Profile

The master's degree is designed for graduates with bachelor's degrees or pre-EHEA degrees in history, art history, humanities, social and cultural anthropology, geography, studies in conservation and restoration of cultural property, chemistry, physics, biology and geology.

Programme

STRUCTURE

YEAR COMPULSORY
SUBJECTS
OPTIONAL
SUBJECTS
COURSE
PROJECT
TOTALS

1st

32

28

--

60

2nd

15

15

30 (compulsory)

60

TOTALS

47

43

30

120

FIRST YEAR: Compulsory subjects
CODE SUBJECT CREDITS

12785101

Computer Science and Statistics Applied to Archaeology

5

12785102 Geology of the Quaternary

5

12785103 Prehistory of Asia and Oceania

4

12785104 Prehistory in Europe

4

12785105 Prehistory in Africa 4

12785106

Excavation and Record Methods in Quaternary Archaeology

6

12785107 Human Paleocology 4
SECOND YEAR: Compulsory subjects
CODE SUBJECTS CREDITS
12785108

Epistemology and the Theory of Knowledge in Archaeology

4

12785109 Human Evolution

5

12785110 Master's Thesis (*)

6

12785301

Final Master's Project  (*)

30

(*) These subjects make up the competences required for the subject Career Counselling Citizenship.

OPTIONAL SUBJECTS:

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.

CODE SUBJECT CREDITS

12785201

Ethnoarchaeology 4
12785202

Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction

4

12785203 Crystallographic Characterization and Chemistry of Archaeological Materials

5

12785204 The Archaeology of Symbolic Behaviour 5
12785205 Prehistory of the Iberian Peninsula

4

12785206 Prehistory of America

4

12785207

Spatial Archaeology

5
12785208 Systems of Graphic Documentation in Pleistocene Archaeology 4
12785209 Archaeology of the Mind and Cognition 3
12785210 Experimental Archaeology

4

12785211 Lithic Technology 4
12785212

Zooarchaeology and Taphonomy

4

12785213

Molecular Archaeology

6

12785214

Microscopic Analysis in Archaeology

4

12785215 Interpretation of Heritage and the Socialization of Archaeology 4
12785216 Preservation and Restoration in Pleistocene Archaeology 4
12785217

Mammals Palaeontology: Systematics and Evolution

4

Especific requirements

Admission qualifications

A degree in chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry, geology, history, art history, humanities, anthropology, geography and study of the preservation and restoration of cultural property, with a specialisation in archaeological materials or in areas related to the above and to this master's degree.

Specific documentation

As well as the compulsory documentaion required for pre-enrolment to the programme, students must also submit the following documents:

Selection criteria

Pre-enrolled students will be selected according to the following criteria:

If demand for places exceeds capacity, the School will order the applications according to the following criteria and tests:


a) Academic record (5 points)

  1. Access route: a pre-EHEA degree (1 point)
  2. Average numerical grade on the academic record (4 points). The score for each subject will be evaluated according to the following conversion table: Fail = 0, Pass = 1, Good = 2, Excellent = 3, Distinction = 4 (Pass is considered to be a mark of 5 to 6.9; Good, 7 to 8.9; Excellent, 9 to 9.9; Distinction, 10).
  3. Subjects of 3 credits: 0.5 points
  4. Subjects of 4.5 credits: 0.75 points
  5. Subjects of 6 credits: 1 point
  6. Subjects of 9 credits: 1.5 points
  7. Subjects of 12 credits: 2 points
  8. Subjects of fewer than 3 credits: 0.15 per credit

b) Personal interview (2 points)

Applicants must demonstrate their motivation and interest in taking the master's degree, their knowledge and mastery of the field of Quaternary archaeology and human evolution, and their availability.
Applications will be ranked and ordered by decreasing score until the places have been filled, according to the above criteria. If two students have exactly the same score, the average score for the academic record plus the score for the personal interview will be the deciding factors.
However, if there is no shortage of places, the Admissions Committee may accept students without prioritising their merits.

Check the regulations governing access and admission