MA in Field Archaeology on Land and Under the Sea
University of Cyprus
31 Mar 2024
Earliest start date
The University of Cyprus has launched a new Master's degree program in Field Archaeology on Land and Under the Sea. Its aim is to provide advanced knowledge and research training opportunities in a dynamic learning environment, combining theory with hands-on experience in the field and in the laboratory.
This program sets excellent circumstances for young archaeologists to deepen and extend their training, and to pursue their careers in diverse domains such as academic research and public archaeology.
The official language of instruction and writing of the thesis is English.
The program is addressed to:
- Archaeologists already working in the public sector (Archaeological Services or in Museums), need to optimize their professional performance in various aspects of fieldwork.
- Young archaeologists who wish to enhance their training and experience, in order to pursue a career in the public or private sector.
- Young researchers who need to expand their fieldwork activities or be trained in new/ specific methods and techniques.
- Non-archaeology graduates from domains that are closely linked to archaeology, wish to become familiar with archaeological fieldwork.
Scholarships and Funding
The scholarship is aimed at the master's students of the Department of History and Archaeology. The successful candidate must demonstrate a genuine interest in maritime archaeology and be committed to writing a dissertation with a maritime subject about the eastern Mediterranean, with a focus on Syria, Lebanon or Cyprus.
According to HFF wishes, priority is given to Cypriot citizens.
The backbone of this program is the comprehensive approach to material culture, both terrestrial and maritime:
Through courses on the nature, study, documentation, and interpretation of archaeological artifacts and sites, on Land and Under the Sea, the students will acquire basic knowledge on research methodology and techniques used in a broad and diverse scope of archaeological fieldwork.
Practical courses in the field, on Land and under the Sea, in the lab, or in the museum form an integral part of the program: they provide students with hands-on experience of a variety of research methods and offer them first-hand acquaintance with different kinds of equipment used in the field and the lab.
For each course, credited with 10 ECTS, students are required to prepare oral presentations, write at least one essay, and participate in organized visits. Under normal circumstances, physical presence is required.
Indicative Course Program
Landscape Archaeology (on land and under the sea), Digital Applications
- ARCH 654 Maritime Cultural Landscape(10 ECTS)
- ARCH 650 Settlement and Landscape Archaeology(10 ECTS)
- ARCH 659 Digital Applications in Archaeology (10 ECTS
Materials and Artefacts
- ARCH 655 Shipwreck archaeology (10 ECTS)
- ARCH 661 Study of pottery and small finds (10 ECTS)
- ARCH 659 Scientific analysis of archaeological materials (10 ECTS)
- Practical Training in field archaeology (10 ECTS)
In order to complete the remaining 20 ECTS, students have two options:
- write a thesis, of approximately 20,000 words (20 ECTS), or
- attend two elective courses (2 x 10 ECTS) out of the following:
- ARCH 651 Mediterranean Island Landscapes (10 ECTS)
- ARCH 652 Introduction to Building Archaeology (10 ECTS)
- ARCH 663 Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management (10 ECTS)
The program can be completed in a minimum of 3 semesters and is credited with 90 ECTS.