Master's Degree in Classical Archaeology

Master of Arts in Classical Archaeology


The Master’s Degree in Classical Archaeology represents a great innovation among Italian universities courses. The renowned studies in Archaeology of Sapienza Università di Roma are combined with UnitelmaSapienza University's online tools, providing Italian and international users with an exclusive and prestigious training project.

The Master's Degree in Classical Archaeology aims to provide thorough training in the field of Classical Archaeology. Through a didactic methodology combining traditional (archaeological, linguistic-philological, artistic) and innovative resources (applying the most advanced methods to the knowledge of the material culture), it intends to train the second level graduates in archaeological and historical skills.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can aspire to be future researchers with solid theoretical and practical training in archaeological disciplines within European and Middle-Eastern territories. The acquired knowledge and competencies will allow the graduates to be employed as professional archaeologists or cultural experts in a wide range of potential institutions, such as those connected to cultural heritage management, protection and valorisation, e.g. museums, archaeological sites, local authorities managing cultural projects; public administrations; universities and other academic and research entities; archaeological excavations associations or cooperatives; organisations working in the field of tourism, history, architecture, art, etc.; entities engaged in the promotion of archaeological heritages at national or inter-national level.

Program overview

The Master’s degree program is in English and follows Unitelma Sapienza e-learning model. The student is required to complete fieldwork apprenticeship held in Rome or in another archaeological site agreed upon with the course board directors. The exams will be held exclusively at Unitelma Sapienza headquarters in Rome. 

Course program

For a detailed program of the Master, please refer to the following study plan and courses overview.

Study plan

Courses overview


Students enrolled in the Master’s degree in Classical Archaeology are required to carry out a curricular traineeship in order to complete and obtain the degree.

Fieldwork experiences at excavation sites, archaeological parks, museums, or laboratories are vital to creating experience combining study and work through practical training activities facilitating professional choices for a future career.

The period of curricular traineeship is determined by the number of University Credits (CFU) established in the study plan. Each University Credit corresponds to 25 hours of training. Once completed the traineeship, the student must submit to the University the Traineeship Certificate.

The Certificate is in the form of an online questionnaire. Once completed, the student will automatically receive a copy via email.
This Certificate needs to be signed by the host institution, and subsequently, the student must send it back  as a pdf document to the email address

The pdf document must be named exclusively with the student’s surname and first name (“”).
The University records and updates student’s records with the Credits (CFU) obtained during traineeship within 30 days from the submission of the signed documentation.

Training activities 2020

Traineeship Certificate


Enrollments are open throughout the year with no time limit. One can follow lessons, book exams, print certificates and connect with Unitelma Sapienza 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from any computer, tablet, and smartphone. The enrollment fee is € 2.300,00 per year + € 140,00 per year for regional student tax + € 16,00 for stamp duty that can be paid in three instalments:

  1. € 856,00 (€ 700,00 + € 140,00 for regional student tax + € 16,00 of stamp duty)
  2. € 800,00 to be paid within 60 days after the previous payment
  3. € 800,00 to be paid within 60 days after the previous payment

For associate members of Unitelma Sapienza the total enrolment fee is € 1.800,00 per year + € 140,00 per year for regional student tax + stamp duties that can be paid in three instalments.

Additional fees include:

  • € 300,00 for degree fee + € 32,00 for stamp duties for Master’s degree diploma to be paid at the end of the second year
  • € 200,00 + € 16,00 for stamp duty to be paid only in case of renunciation of studies

Admission requirements

Candidates are expected to have achieved an undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualification) obtained after a minimum of 3 years of study (180 ECTS) abroad or in Italy, in Classical archaeology or related fields (e.g., Ancient history, Classics, etc.). Professional experience may be taken into account.

A B2 English level is required for the course admission. Students must provide evidence of written and spoken English at a level that will enable successful studying. An English language qualification can be provided as evidence (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge, Pearson Test of Academic English, Trinity ISE, etc.).

A didactic commission appointed by the Degree Course Committee will evaluate the admission requests and verify entry requirements by examining the declarations and the self-certifications provided by the student at the time of submitting the admission application form. If necessary, the committee may request an individual interview held remotely.

Enrollment into the Master's Degree is possible at any time of the academic year.

Fill the following contact form or email in order to verify your compliance with the Master’s Degree admission requirements. Please enclose in your inquire the following supporting documents:

  • Copy of the Bachelor's Diploma (and of any other academic qualifications);
  • Official Transcript of records of the Bachelor’s Degree (in English or Italian), and of any other academic qualifications;
  • Secondary School Certificate;
  • Certificate of adequate knowledge of the English language (at least B2 level).

You will also be asked to provide the Statements of comparability and verification of your academic qualification, issued by CIMEA.

Students who do not meet the curricular requirements for access to our Master's Degree Courses can supplement their curriculum with university exams (single courses) before enrolling in the Master's Degree Course in which they are interested.

If you have requested the career evaluation and you need to take single courses to reach the curricular entry requirements for the Master's Degree in Classical Archaeology, follow this link:

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Total fee per year
2 456,00 €