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Archaeology, full-time, second cycle

Code S2-AR-ANG
Organizational unit Faculty of Archaeology
Field of studies Archaeology
Form of studies Full-time
Level of education Second cycle
Educational profile academic
Language(s) of instruction English
Minimum number of students 4
Admission limit 10
Duration 2 years
Recruitment committee address
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There is currently no active phase for this programme.

Past phases in this registration:
  • Phase 1 (07.06.2021 00:00 – 05.07.2021 23:59)
  • Area of study: humanities
  • Discipline: archaeology

New challenges faced by archaeology in the 21st century as well as students' expectations of professional tuition geared towards practical knowledge applicable to future work are main ideas behind the proposed programme of the second-cycle studies in archaeology with instruction in English. The programme is dedicated for candidates from all around the world who want to research ancient cultures, in particular from the Mediterranean, and acquaint themselves with bioarchaeology and osteology or bone taphonomy. Bioarchaeology, as a sub-discipline within archaeology, and the related achievements of the researchers from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw, became a vantage point for establishing second-cycle studies in English several years ago. Currently, they are an element of the general programme of studies dedicated not only to graduates in archaeology, but also candidates of other specialisations who dream about excavations, travelling to interesting places, and working with artefacts, including bones, discovered in the course of archaeological research.

In the course of the programme, students will be required to choose two seminars, according to their interests, and supplement them with facultative courses, as well as two lectures: general academic and monographic. Selected courses will be aimed first and foremost at deepening students’ professional and interdisciplinary knowledge, in particular regarding research challenges in modern archaeology, and preparing them to write and defend their master’s theses.

Similarly to the first-cycle studies, a significant role will be played by practicum:

  • field survey, usually performed in spring or autumn;
  • excavations, usually performed in summer. The excavations are directed by researchers affiliated by the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw, or abroad – in Egypt, Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Italy (Sicily), South America, and many more locations.

The classes are held in the Main Campus of the University of Warsaw, namely the Main School which has housed the Institute of Archaeology for over a decade.

Detailed information about the second-cycle full-time studies in English can be found at the website:

Candidates without a diploma in archaeology issued by the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw or other university accredited by the Polish Accreditation Committee for the field of archaeology (provided that the archaeology curriculum on the said university is compatible with that of the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw in at least 60%) are required to pass supplementary courses – introduction to archaeology, methodology of archaeological fieldwork, and history of civilisation amounting to additional 300 hours during the second-cycle studies.

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 humanist formation enabling them to engage in interdisciplinary cooperation with researchers from other fields of study.

Graduates from the second-cycle studies will be prepared for independent research, as well as working for research and educational institutions, museums, and conservation ateliers.

The master's degree in archaeology combined with appropriate experience in excavations, according to the Monument Protection Act, are necessary for receiving concession for conducting archaeological excavations in Poland.


Admission rules for candidates with Polish diplomas

The recruitment procedure will take into account the results of the oral exam in English, based mainly on a reading list published in the IRK system and on the website of the Institute of Archaeology UW in the tab - Recruitment. Books will mainly concern general archaeological issues common to all fields of science, including history, methodology of archaeology, methodology of archaeological excavations and the specifics of the specialization that the candidate is going to study during second cycle studies.

In the case of foreign candidates, an oral exam can be organized via an Internet communicator (e.g. Skype), allowing for the visual identification of the candidate in accordance with the documents attached by him in the IRK system.

Candidates will be assessed on a scale of 0 to 30 points.

The first round of examination in July 2021 will be open to candidates with a master's, bachelor's, engineer's diplomas or equivalent, obtained in any field of study and properly registered in the IRK system.

Admission to full-time second cycle studies will depend on obtaining at least 17 points from the oral exam and submitting the set of required documents within deadline, including a university diploma, within the limit of places.

If the limit of places is not reached, in September 2021 after the end of the resit examination session, the second round of registration and exams will be held. Only university graduates will be able to participate in this process. As in the first round, admission to full-time second cycle studies will depend on obtaining at least 17 points from the oral exam and submitting the set of required documents within deadline, including a university diploma, within the limit of places.

 Reading list for the oral exam:

  1. Bahn, P. (ed.), Archaeology: The Essential Guide to Our Human Past, Smithsonian Books, 2017
  2. Balme, J., Paterson, A. (ed.), Archaeology in Practice: a Student Guide to Archaeological Analyses, Oxford, 2014
  3. Coles, J.M., Experimental Archaeology, London, 2010
  4. Hodder, I., Hutson, S., Reading the Past: Current Approaches to Interpretation in Archaeology, Cambridge, 2003
  5. Renfrew,C., Bahn, P., Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice, London, 2012

Admission procedure for candidates with foreign diplomas

Candidates are qualified on the same rules as applicable to candidates with Polish diplomas.


Checking candidates' competences to undertake studies conducted in English language

In the absence of relevant documents confirming knowledge of English at least at B2 level (in accordance with the requirements set out in the general part of the recruitment resolution), the candidate's language competence will be checked during the oral examination for studies.

A positive result of the qualification procedure is tantamount to confirmation of the competence of the candidate to study in English (this applies to people who do not have a document recognized by the University of Warsaw confirming knowledge of English at least at B2 level).

The list of accepted documents is available at:



The exam: 12th-13th of July, 2021, from 10 a.m., Faculty of Archaeology, „Main School” building (Szkoła Główna), Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, ground floor, room 1.06 (exam will be conducted in a hybrid form – online or stationary; candidates can choose one form of the exam)

NOTE! After registration for the second cycle Archaeology (Studies in English) and making an application fee payment, please provide information on preferred form of the exam (online/stationary), by sending email to the Admission Committee of the Faculty of Archaeology

Announcement of results: 17th of July, 2021

Reception of documents: 

  • I round: 20th-22nd of July, 2021
  • II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round): 23rd, 26th of July, 2021
  • III round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during II round): 27th-28th of July, 2021
  • additional rounds will be announced in case of not fulfilling the limits



Application fee

Student's ID payment (ELS)


Required documents

List of required documents submitted by candidates qualified for studies

Additionally a health certificate is required.


Additional information

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