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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 rekr.archeo@uw.edu.pl
tel. 601-327-725
WWW address https://www.archeologia.uw.edu.pl/
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Phase 2 (17.08.2022 00:00 – 12.09.2022 23:59)

Past phases in this registration:
  • Phase 1 (06.06.2022 00:00 – 05.07.2022 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 of Faculty of Archaeology.

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

Recruitment will be possible for candidates with a master's, bachelor's, engineering or equivalent diploma obtained in any field of study.

The results of the oral exam in English will be taken into account in the recruitment procedure, mainly based on the books from the list, which will be published in the IRK system by the date specified in the recruitment resolution and on the website of the Faculty of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw in the recruitment section. The questions will mainly concern general archaeological issues, including history, methodology of archaeology, methods of archaeological research and the specificity of the specialization in which the candidate wants to develop at the second-cycle studies.

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

The condition for admission to second-cycle full-time studies, within the limit of places, will be obtaining a minimum of 17 points from the oral exam and submission of a complete set of required documents, including a university diploma, within the prescribed period.

Literature for the 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 the candidates' language competences

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).

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The exam: 19th - 20th of September, 2022, from 10 a.m. (exam will be conducted in a hybrid form: stationary - Faculty of Archaeology, „Main School” building (Szkoła Główna), Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, room 1.09 or online via Zoom)

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 rekr.archeo@uw.edu.pl

Announcement of results: 24th of September, 2022

Reception of documents: 

  • I round: 27th -28th of September, 2022
  • II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during the I round): 29th - 30th of September, 2022
  • III round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during II round): 27th-28th of July, 2022
  • 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

Submitting a certificate from an occupational medicine doctor is mandatory.


Additional information 

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