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Degree programme objectives

The Master’s studies in the field of archaeology enhance the knowledge and skills which are necessary to work as an archaeologist. The study is designed so that the students can enhance their theoretical and methodological knowledge and refine their analytical skills. Besides a theoretical and methodological basis, the study will help to get a deeper insight into current European archaeology and key research topics and approaches (inclusive of an overview of prehistoric, early historic and medieval development in Europe). Focus is laid on the preparation for presentation of results in oral and written form including the publication outputs. The high level of study is secured by a wide spectrum of specialised archaeological courses and courses with an interdisciplinary overlap. Further professional training is provided by an extensive offer of specialized technical courses.

Master’s students get involved upon their interest in fieldwork and research practice at the Department of Archaeology and Museology (research teams of individual field bases, cooperation with workplaces for geophysical methods, 3D laboratory, etc.). The Department maintains numerous international contacts, within which the students can participate in foreign excavations, in a research fellowship abroad within the Erasmus+ project, or attend regular lectures by foreign lecturers.

One of the objectives is to enable the graduates make a qualified choice of employment or continue their research activities through the medium of doctoral studies.

Study plans

Admission Procedures
Admission to Master's degree programmes in 2022/2023 (beginning: Spring 2023)
Submission deadline until midnight 30/11/2022

  • Information on entrance examinations designed for this degree programme

    Deadline for submitting applications: August 1 - November 30

    Who the programme is intended for: The programme is intended for graduates of the same or related Bachelor’s degree programme (the similarity of the fields will be assessed based on the application).

    Subject matter of the entrance examination: Oral examination in the scope of the Bachelor’s state examination and presentation of the Master’s diploma project. The interview takes about 15 minutes.

    Waiver of the entrance examination: The entrance examination can be waived for applicants who have passed the Bachelor’s examination in the field of Archaeology at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University with an excellent (A), very good (B), or good (C) result. Applicants can ask for a waiver for the entrance examination via email to prijimaci.rizeni@phil.muni.cz.CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY (specialization)

    Who the specialization is intended for: The specialization is intended for graduates of the same or related Bachelor’s degree programme (the similarity of the fields will be assessed based on the application).

    Subject matter of the entrance examination: The entrance examination is conducted in oral form. Applicants must demonstrate adequate knowledge of archaeological, artistic, and other cultural expressions of ancient civilizations. It is also necessary to master the methodology of the field of classical archaeology in the scope of the Bachelor’s studies and to have the corresponding knowledge of Latin and Greek (ability to read and translate an easier text and understand technical terms). Those interested in studying will present a proposal for their Master’s thesis project.

    Waiver of the entrance examination: The entrance examination can be waived for applicants who have passed the Bachelor’s examination in the field/specialization of Classical Archaeology at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University with an excellent (A), very good (B), or good (C) result. Applicants can ask for a waiver for the entrance examination via email to prijimaci.rizeni@phil.muni.cz.

    Website Department of Archaeology and Museology.

    General information on the course of the admission procedure to the follow-up Master’s degree programmes at FA MU can be found here. Documents for the current admission procedure are kept in Materials for Applicants.

  • Evaluation criteria valid for the applicants applying for a place on this degree programme

    Pass/fail line of the entrance examination: 50 points (out of 100).

Studies

  • Objectives

    The Master’s studies in the field of archaeology enhance the knowledge and skills which are necessary to work as an archaeologist. The study is designed so that the students can enhance their theoretical and methodological knowledge and refine their analytical skills. Besides a theoretical and methodological basis, the study will help to get a deeper insight into current European archaeology and key research topics and approaches (inclusive of an overview of prehistoric, early historic and medieval development in Europe). Focus is laid on the preparation for presentation of results in oral and written form including the publication outputs. The high level of study is secured by a wide spectrum of specialised archaeological courses and courses with an interdisciplinary overlap. Further professional training is provided by an extensive offer of specialized technical courses.

    Master’s students get involved upon their interest in fieldwork and research practice at the Department of Archaeology and Museology (research teams of individual field bases, cooperation with workplaces for geophysical methods, 3D laboratory, etc.). The Department maintains numerous international contacts, within which the students can participate in foreign excavations, in a research fellowship abroad within the Erasmus+ project, or attend regular lectures by foreign lecturers.

    One of the objectives is to enable the graduates make a qualified choice of employment or continue their research activities through the medium of doctoral studies.

  • Learning Outcomes

    After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

    • independent creative research work and solving of more complex problems on the basis of the current state of knowledge in European archaeology
    • analytical working with specialized literature in Czech and foreign languages
    • presentation of own research results on an adequate level in both oral and written form, publishing in professional literature
    • planning, realisation and publication of archaeological research, inclusive of elaboration and preparation of compulsory reports, carrying out controlling and expert activity in the field of archaeological monument care
    • taking part in educational and promoting activities in academic institutions, managing small research teams
  • Occupational Profiles of Graduates

    The graduates are fully knowledgeable about theory, methodology and practice within the discipline, which enables them find employment in the sphere of basic and applied research (academic institutions, universities, museums, all levels of monument care). The graduates are qualified as site directors during excavations, authors of excavation reports and publication outputs from these excavations and as managers of small research teams. They are prepared to work as heads of departments for monument care within the state administration or institutes of monument care, and to work in the field of research or culture management and public relations. The graduates in general will find employment in all positions demanding systematic acquisition, analysis and administration of data as well as decision-making skills.

  • Regulated Professions
    • No professional status
  • Rules and Conditions for the Creation of a Study Plan

    The standard duration of studies is four semesters. For admittance to the final state examination students must obtain for required, selective and elective courses a total of 120 credits in the single-subject study and 70/50 credits in the double-subject study(degree/non-degree studies). Required courses create the basis of specialised tuition within the discipline and their proportion is 46 credits for degree study (including credits for courses focused on writing a Master’s thesis), and 26 credits for non-degree study (including credits for courses focused on writing a specialised Master’s paper). Semi-optional courses 26/12 credits (single-subject/double-subject study) students choose according to their interests and intended professional specialization. The remaining credits are awarded to students for completion of any current optional courses offered within this or/and other disciplines.

    During their studies, students should follow the study catalogue for their matriculation year.

  • Practical Training

    A compulsory part of specialised studies is the practical training. Master’s students are obliged to complete practical training in field research in the extent of three weeks at arbitrary excavations conducted by the Institute of Archaeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Archaeological Heritage, museums or other archaeological institutions. The completion of practical training is approved upon certificate issued by the institution in which the practical training has taken place.

  • Goals of Theses

    Standard extent of a Master’s thesis is 140,000 characters (including spaces). The extent comprises besides the text itself also comments and bibliography, but it does not contain the catalogue of finds, list and description of features, index of abbreviations and illustrations, supplements and title pages. Sufficient extent of the work is determined by the thesis advisor and the state exam commission.

    The Master’s thesis should prove the ability of graduands to treat a partial scholarly topic from the field of (Central) European archaeology at a professional level. Requirements: original methodological approach to the topic, professional documentation, complete bibliography on the topic and a formally acceptable written output.

    Instructions to final state exams are determined by a Directive of Dean of the Faculty of Arts No. 6/2017 On final state exams at the Faculty of Arts of the Masaryk University.

  • Access to Further Studies

    A graduate from Master’s studies in the field of archaeology can (after having met the admission requirements) continue the doctoral studies in any programme of his/her choice. At the Faculty of Arts of the Masaryk University it is possible to continue directly in doctoral studies in the field of archaeology.

  • Additional Information

Basic information

Abbreviation
N-AE_
Type
master's degree programme (following the bachelor's one)
Profile
academic
Degree
Mgr.
Degree in Advanced Master's state examination
PhDr.
Length of studies
2 years
Language of instruction
Czech Czech

28
number of active students
5
number of theses/dissertations

Faculty of Arts
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