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Postgraduate School of Archaeology


Based in Matera, the University of Basilicata's Postgraduate School of Archaeology was established in academic year 2010-11 following the reorganisation of the original Specialisation School in Archaeology, which had by that time been operational for over two decades.

Offering two curricula (Classical Archaeology, and Late Antique and Medieval Archaeology), the School aims at providing students with comprehensive specialist education and training in the field of archaeology, its methodology and techniques, as well as equipping them with technical skills in preservation, protection, and promotion of archaeological heritage.

The School operates a numerus clausus admission policy.

Academic Staff is composed of tenured professors and researchers at the University's Departments and Schools, as well as temporary lecturers and professors.

Besides attending lectures and seminars, students are required to take part in laboratory-based practicals, fieldtrips and fieldwork, in relation to the School's site excavation and surveying projects.

The Postgraduate Degree in Archaeology is a recognized academic qualification for careers in rescue archaeology, as well as for employment in the public sector.

All research projects, as well as events and initiatives, are carried out and planned by the School in collaboration with the Archaeological Heritage Office of Basilicata and a number of institutions, both Italian and foreign.


Entry Requirements, Admission and Enrolment for academic year 2018-19

Key Information

  • Dates and deadlines:
    Applications Open: August 7, 2018
    Application Deadline: October 19, 2018
    Admission Test Date: October 30, 2018
    Enrolment Deadline: December 3, 2018
  • Number of places available: 32
  • Expected Length of Course: 2 years, full-time study


Academic Requirements

For Italian applicants:

a graduate degree in

  • Archaeology (code: LM-2)
  • Cultural Heritage (code: LM-11)
  • Philology, Literature, and Ancient History (code: LM-15)
  • Art History (code: LM-89)
  • Archaeology (code: 2/S)
  • Computer Science for Humanities (code: 24/S)

For international applicants:

  • an equivalent international qualification

Language Requirements

  • Knowledge of Classical Languages (Greek and Latin)
  • Proficiency in at least 2 languages relevant to the field of study (options: English, French, German, Spanish, Modern Greek)

    International applicants whose first language is not Italian are required to pass an Italian language proficiency test


The set of documents applicants need to attach to the application form includes:

  • a CV/rèsumè
  • Official Transcripts
  • a copy of the graduate thesis
  • a list of relevant publications
  • self-certification of other relevant academic qualifications


Admission Test and Assessment Criteria

Applicants are required to pass:

  • a practical skills test on graphic or photographic reproductions, or on authentic artefacts (highest score: 30 pts)
  • an oral test on archaeological topics (highest score: 35 pts)

The School's Admissions Committee Degree will also assess the applicants' degree marks, official transcripts, relevant publications, and further academic qualifications (highest score: 30 pts)

Applicants will be shortlisted according to their overall admission test scores; applicants eligible for admission are required to enrol by 3 December 2018.

How to Enrol

Log in to the Esse3 website and complete the online enrolment form.
You will be asked to upload a scan of your ID and a passport photograph.

You need to pay an enrolment fee of euro 360.00, as well as a stamp duty of euro 16.00, and a regional fee of euro 140.00

Click here to submit your application

Contact Us

Postgraduate School of Archaeology
University of Basilicata Matera Campus
20, Via Lanera - Matera MT 75100 Italy

Telephone: +39 0835 1971400

Visit the Postgraduate School of Archaeology's website