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Second cycle degree / Master in Archaeology and Cultures of the Ancient World

Class of second cycle degree LM-2


The second cycle degree/Master program in Archaeology and Cultures of the Ancient World is a 2-year (120 ECTS credits) free access degree program with assessment of personal competencies and skills. It offers two curricula: Archaeology and Cultures of the Ancient World (in Italian), and Applied Critical Archaeology and Heritage (in English). 

The International Curriculum in Applied Critical Archaeology and Heritage - ACRA is entirely taught in English and offers specific courses and services of welcoming and support to students enrolled. Non-EU applicants shall also comply with terms and procedures to enrol in Italian universities by contacting Italian embassies/consulates in the country of origin. More information are available here.


Applicants to the curriculum can benefit from study grants and tuition fee waivers Unibo Action 1 and Unibo Action 2

The study grants and the tuition fee waivers are assigned on the basis of GRE, for one academic year

Applications deadline: 31 March 2020, at 12.00 CET

Table of contents

1. Admission requirements and assessment intakes

2. Application schedule

3. Online application procedure

4. Enrollment

5. Contacts and Helpdesk


Applied Critical Archaeology and Heritage is a master’s degree taught entirely in English. Students are required to possess a minimum standard of B2 (CEFR or equivalent). Prospective students are expected to be familiar with instruments, languages, and modes of research in the humanities. They must also possess a critical view and insight into the past, and to be aware of the dynamic nature of historiography and academic discourse under the larger frameworks of time and culture. Students familiar with comparative methods, spatial, chronological and thematic approaches toward historiographical research are encouraged to apply. Students must also have the ability to communicate orally and have strong English writing skills.


a) To be eligible for admission, applicants must have:

  • a good humanistic culture, which allows to historically contextualize the notions and data that will be obtained from the study and research in the specifically archaeological field. 
  • a basic knowledge of the archaeological method and its application in some specific territorial and chronological context.


1) hold a first cycle/bachelor degree according to the Italian National Qualification Framework
c. L-42 STORIA
or any equivalent degree achieved in another educational system;

2) have achieved at least 20 ECTS in one or more of the following subject areas (only for applicants with an Italian degree):

  • a. Archeologia e antichità classiche e medievali L-ANT/01 - Preistoria e protostoria L-ANT/04 - Numismatica L-ANT/05 - Papirologia L-ANT/06 - Etruscologia e antichità italiche LANT/07 - Archeologia classica L-ANT/08 - Archeologia cristiana e medievale L-ANT/09 -Topografia antica L-ANT/10 - Metodologie della ricerca archeologica L-ART/01 - Storia dell'arte medievale L-ART/04 - Museologia e critica artistica e del restauro
  • b. Formazione tecnica, scientifica giuridica BIO/08 - Antropologia ICAR/06 -Topografia e cartografia ICAR/18 -Storia dell'architettura ICAR/19 - Restauro FIS/07 - Fisica applicata (a beni culturali, ambientali, biologia e medicina) GEO/01 - Paleontologia e paleoecologia GEO/11 - Geofisica applicata CHIM/12 - Chimica dell'ambiente e dei beni culturali IUS/10 - Diritto amministrativo M-DEA/01 Discipline demoetnoantropologiche
  • c. Archeologia e antichità orientali L-OR/02 - Egittologia e civiltà copta L-OR/03 - Assiriologia LOR/05 - Archeologia e storia dell'arte del Vicino Oriente antico L-OR/06 - Archeologia fenicio-punica L-OR/16 - Archeologia e storia dell'arte dell'India e dell'Asia centrale LOR/20 - Archeologia, storia dell'arte e filosofie dell'Asia orientale

3) have achieved at least 5 ECTS in one or more of the following subject areas (only for applicants with an Italian degree):

  • Storia antica e medievale L-ANT/02 - Storia greca L-ANT/03 - Storia romana L-OR/01 - Storia del Vicino Oriente antico M-STO/01- Storia medievale M-STO/09 - Paleografia

4) have achieved at least 5 ECTS in one or more of the following subject areas (only for applicants
with an Italian degree)

  • Lingue e letterature antiche e medievali L-FIL-LET/01 - Civiltà egee L-FIL-LET/02 - Lingua e letteratura greca L-FIL/LET/04 - Lingua e letteratura latina L-FIL-LET/05 - Filologia classica L-FIL-LET/06 - Letteratura cristiana antica L-FIL-LET/07 - Civiltà bizantina LFIL- LET/08 - Letteratura latina medievale e umanistica

If applicants do not meet or partially meet the above-mentioned requirements, the Admission Committee might nevertheless take into consideration their application and invite them to the interview.

b) Interviews and assessment intakes

The Admission Committee evaluates applications and verifies if applicants meet expected personal competencies and skills. Applicants meet expected personal competencies and skills if they obtained a Bachelor degree with at least a score of 80/110 (or equivalent). Nevertheless, applicants need to take the interview to demonstrate their language proficiency at the B2 level (CEFR or equivalent).

Evaluation will be based on:


        - dossier:

                - previous studies (grades and courses attended);

                - detailed CV;

                - certificate of English language proficiency (at least B2 level CEFR or equivalent) if held.

        - interview: will be held in English and will assess competences and skills, including language proficiency. It will last between 15-20 minutes and, if necessary, will be conducted via Skype.


Applicants need to provide a cover letter (stating their interests and personal and professional goals – max 500 words). Admission or rejection will be based on evaluation of the applicant’s dossier and interview

Online application opens on March 16, 2020 for the first intake. For further details on the online system, please see the online application procedures below.

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March 16, 2020
April 13, 2020
June 15, 2020
August 5, 2020
April 12, 2020
May 24, 2020
July 10, 2020
August 30, 2020
April 17, 2020
May 29, 2020
July 25, 2020
September 4, 2020
April 27-28, 2020
June 8-10, 2020
July 28-30, 2020
September 14-16, 2020

*Non-EU applicants can apply for the fourth intake only under condition they already submitted their pre-enrolment application at the Italian Embassy/Consulate in their home country.


Selected applicants can enrol at University of Bologna according to the deadlines and procedures listed here.

Non-EU students resident abroad need to apply for a study VISA and must carefully follow pre-enrolment procedures at the Italian Embassies or Consulate abroad.

See instructions here.

Pre-enrolments for AY 2020/21 opens on 19 February and closes on 24 July 2020. Please, contact the closest Italian Embassy or Consulate for more information.


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  1.  Click on and create your personal User ID and Password by “Registrati”/ “Register” (if you already have an account, skip to step 4). Switch to the English language, if needed.
  2.  Register by filling in the form (if you are a student resident abroad and you do not already have an Italian Tax ID (codicefiscale), you can click on “RegistrazioneStudentiInternazionali” / “International students registration” and follow the instructions to create your personal User ID and Password).
  3.  After your first access, you will be asked to change your password. Please, remember your user ID and Password, as they will always be required to access your personal profile.
  4.  Click on by using your personal User ID and Password. Click on “Prove di Ammissione o verifica requisiti” / “Entrance Exams or requirements check”.
  5.  Select “LaureaMagistrale” / “Second cycle degree program” and then “procedi” /“next”
  6.  Select the program “Archeologia e Culture del Mondo Antico – Applied Critical Archaeology and Heritage” (all intake sessions are listed, but you can only select to the intake open at the moment of your access).
  7.  Upload all required documents in PDF format:


        - Documents required to complete your application

               - Copy of your valid identity card (EU citizens) or passport (non-EU citizens);

               - Copy of your 1st cycle /Bachelor degree (with Diploma Supplement or transcript of records/list of passed exams) – translated into English or Italian if another language; (if you have not yet graduated, please upload your current transcript of records. Please, specify your expected graduation date).

              - Your CV (curriculum vitae et studiorum) in English; (if you wish to take the interview via Skype, please indicate your Skype ID in your CV);

               - Short statement of purpose (in English, max. 500 words);

        - Optional supporting documents to complete the application

              -  If available: a copy of your Certificate of English proficiency level

              -  If applicable: a copy of Italian permit of stay / “permesso di soggiorno”


Please remember

  1. Admission Board evaluation will be based on uploaded documents;
  2. Please, do NOT mail or email your application to administrative office;
  3. This is only the first step of the enrolment procedure and it is ONLY aimed at admission assessment. No fees are due for this step;
  4. Fees are due at the enrolment. The application for grants and tuition fee waiver for international students must follow separate track and deadlines (see this link);
  5. Other grants, exemptions and benefits are listed here

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If admitted, you will need to provide further documents for finalising the enrolment (e.g. a legalised and officially translated version of your qualification and the Declaration of Value or the Diploma Supplement), pay the administrative fee (always due) and tuition fees (if due).


Please, follow the detailed instructions available on this webpage

Pre-enrollment for students with non-EU citizenship

If you are non-EU citizen, in addition to compliance with the rules and deadlines established by the University of Bologna, you must pre-enroll at the Italian Embassy of your country. Click here to learn more about pre-enrollment at the Embassy.

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All relevant communications about the assessment will be sent to your Unibo e-mail address:


If you need any help to submit the on-line application, contact:

Help Desk Studenti Online

Ph: +39 051 209 9882

Office hours: Monday-Friday 09.00-13.00 and 14.00–17.00



For more information about the content of the degree program or further help contact Prof. Maurizio Cattani (academic coordinator of the program):


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After you have checked that all the admission requirements have been met, you can enrol on Studenti online:

  1. complete the application for matriculation with the required data and attach an ID photograph in digital format;
  2. pay the first instalment of tuition fees.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the procedure and receive your badge

Remember that to complete matriculation

a) if you are a non-EU citizen with EU equivalent status, you need to send a copy of the valid residence permit giving you EU equivalent status to the responsible Student Administration Office;

b) if you are a non-EU citizen residing abroad, see the detailed information. You will need to send to the responsible Student Administration Office a copy of your valid residence permit or, if your residence permit has not yet been issued, a copy of your study entry visa and subsequently a copy of the receipt confirming submission of your application, with which your matriculation will be accepted subject to verification;

c) if you have a degree obtained abroad, see the detailed information. You will need to send the degree documentation to the responsible Student Administration Office.

If you have a disability with an assessed level of invalidity of at least 66%, or you hold disability certification in accordance with Italian law 104/92, you can request exemption by sending the certificate proving the condition to the email address of the responsible Student Administration Office

If you want to request recognition of previous studies, check how. 

List of deadlines

ADMISSION INTERVIEW: FIRST INTAKE from 2020-03-16 00:30 to 2020-04-12 23:30
ADMISSION INTERVIEW: SECOND INTAKE from 2020-04-13 00:30 to 2020-05-24 23:30
ADMISSION INTERVIEW: THIRD INTAKE from 2020-06-15 00:30 to 2020-07-10 23:30
ADMISSION INTERVIEW: FOURTH INTAKE from 2020-08-05 00:30 to 2020-08-30 23:30