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What offer the Master’s Degree in Archaeology and Archaeological Heritage at University of Alcalá?

The Master’s degree in Archaeology and Archaeological Heritage is an official Master’ Degree at University of Alcalá. The programme offers advanced training on scientific knowledge of past and present human societies, the methods and techniques of analysis applied to archaeological study, as well as in the management and enhancement of archaeological heritage. The teaching programme, which is made up of theoretical and practical modules and specialised seminars, includes training on disciplines and techniques such as geoarchaeology, archaeobiology, biomolecular archaeology, photogrammetry, 3D modelling, landscape archaeology and GIS, among others.

This Master degree offers the contents, training and credits necessary to continue with the research career and complete a PhD or acquire the necessaries skills to work on professional archaeology and cultural heritage management.


The Master’s staff has extensive teaching experience and a high level on field and lab research. Among the competitive projects currently underway led by the master’s lecturers are a Starting Grantfrom the European Research Council (ERC), six projects from various state R&D&I plans funded by the State Research Agency, as well as several regional and autonomous projects. These projects offer a specialised training and research framework available to master’s students, who will not only be able to join interdisciplinary and consolidated research groups, but will also have excellent support in order to apply for pre-doctoral contracts and other job opportunities in the field of research and professional archaeology.

This is a 60 ECTS face-to-face course, taught in Spanish, but integrated into the UAH English Friendly programme. It can be taken in one or two academic years, enrolling for at least 30 ECTS each year. The first term, between October and December, offers four obligatory modules with 6 ECTS, which combine up-to-date content on Prehistoric Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Archaeology, and Archaeological Heritage Management.

The second four-month period, from February to May, presents three Internship options with 6 ECTS, at least one of which is obligatory, although several can be taken. The 18 ECTS that must be taken in this four-month period can be completed with theoretical subjects with 3 ECTS, contents that allow specialisation in Archaeology by periods, a transversal itinerary in research methods and techniques, Landscape Archaeology or the Funerary Archaeology. Internships in companies and institutions, laboratory practices with archaeological materials and practices in prehistoric art, offer a wide range of training.

The Master is held at the Faculty of Philosophy and History of the UAH, where the Prehistory and Archaeology Laboratory are located. Le lab is equipped with high-resolutions microscopy equipment and computer to carry out photogrammetry programmes, 3D modelling and GIS, among others. There is also specialised equipment for digital photography, photogrammetry, topography and laser scanning, which allows for specialised technical training on the fields of documentation, modelling and virtualisation of the archaeological record.

The ongoing research projects headed by the Master’s staff allow students to participate in archaeological fieldwork, including prehistoric sites in caves and shelters, rock art sites, megalithic monuments or medieval cities. Collaboration with research teams working elsewhere in Europe, Africa or South America is also a window of opportunity for master’s students


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