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Postgraduate Program in Archaeology

Basic information
Name of programme (original language)
Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici
Cultural Heritage Area
Safeguarding and preservation
Planning and Management
Programme description
The Phaistos disc, discovered by Luigi Pernier on 3 July 1908 and housed in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum (Crete), is the emblem of the Italian Archaeological School at Athens.


Admission to the Postgraduate Program in Archaeology is through a public competition with entrance exams.

Annually, the Italian Archaeological School at Athens announces four scholarships for a two-year advanced degree programme and offers a series of specialised courses. Three curricula have been activated:

1. Prehistory and Aegean Archaeology; 2. Archaeology of the Greek and Roman Mediterranean; 3. Archaeology of the Late Antique and Byzantine Mediterranean.

Training activities are monitored by a tutor and include lessons, seminars, site and museum visits, educational trips and the involvement of students in field research in Greece (Surveys and Excavations).


Is the programme a joint degree programme?
Double degree
Joint delivery
Does the E&T programme lead to a formal qualification?
Name of the qualification (English)
Postgraduate Degree in Archaeology
Name of the qualification (Original language)
Diploma di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici
Education category (HE/VET/HE-VET)
Higher Education (HE)
Education format
Academic degree
Other degree type

Postgraduate Degree (Diploma di Specializzazione)

One time event or regular basis
Programme takes place on a regular basis
The Programme starts every year in March.
Last time it the programme took place (start date)
Number of annual graduates of the programme
Statistics / Formal status
Core function
Supplementary functions
R&D and Education
Preservation and Safeguarding
ESCO - Occupation
2632.2 - archaeologist
Does the programme lead to a regulated profession?
ISCED level of programme
ISCED level 7
ISCED field
0222 History and archaeology
Characterization of the E&T programme
Study format
Are there access requirements?
Access requirements Description

Applicants must hold a Master's Degree in Archaeology (Laurea magistrale LM-2 or Laurea specialistica 2/S) or Old System Degrees (prior to DM 509) in Humanities, History, Conservation of Cultural Heritage, History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Classical Humanities, History and Conservation of Architectural and Environmental Heritage. Equivalent qualification from foreign universities is also accepted (Art. 382 of T.U. 31 August 1983 N. 1592). It is indispensable to have obtained at least 90 University Training Credits (CFU) in subjects included in the scientific macro-sectors 1O/A (Archaeology) and 10/D (Science of Antiquity: "Scienze dell'Antichità). The following skills and competencies are the subject of the admission exam: Aegean Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Greek and Roman History, Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology, Topography, Ancient Greek, Latin. Knowledge of two foreign languages is also required.

Teaching language
Is there a mandatory (external) practical training?
Mandatory practical training description

An essential part of the programme is the completion of internship periods in Superintendences of Cultural Heritage, National Archaeological Museums and/or Research Institutes and Organisations.

Mode of delivery of education / training
Required qualification of teachers/trainers in the core subjects

Teachers in the core subjects have to be University Full Professors. 

Quality assurance obligations of the programme/institution
Description of quality assurance obligations of the programme / institution

The training and research programmes of the Italian Archaeological School at Athens are constantly monitored by both the competent Committees (Scientific and Administrative Councils) and the relevant supervising Ministries (Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Universities and Research).

Tuition cost

There are no Tuition costs.

Are grants available?
Description of available grants

Every year, four study grants can be awarded. In addition, the Italian Archaeological School guarantees insurance coverage, free accommodation and a financial contribution for four educational trips (3 to Greece and 1 to Turkey).