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Master’s degree in The Ancient Mediterranean World-History, Archaeology and Art


This two-year English Language Master’s Degree course is offered by the Department of Humanities, recognised as a Department of Excellence by the Italian Ministry of Education for 2018-2022 and ranked top 30 in 2018 QS World Ranking for subject Classics & Ancient History.

Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to study the Mediterranean World, considered through Archaeology and History in a unique perspective, combining all the civilisations facing the Mediterranean from the 2nd millennium to the Middle Ages. The course makes full use of Pavia rich archaeological landscape: Pavia is surrounded by world-class Prehistoric, Roman and Medieval heritage and by several Museums with historic Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman collections.

Quick Facts

Duration 2 years
Start Date September
Tuition Fee For EU students, fees are based on family income. They range from €156to €3,500 per year.
For non-EU students a flat rate is determined according to their country of origin and ranges from €400 to €3,500.
Location Pavia, Italy


The following is a sample of a typical study plan: (120 ECTS)

  • First Year: Ancient Western Asia: History and Civilizations; Greek History and Civilization; Roman History and Civilization; Egypt after the Pharaohs; Archaeology of Ancient Near East; Etruscans and Others; Greek and Roman Archaeology; Reconstructing the Past: Methods and Tools; Field Archaeology Training / Material Culture Laboratory.
  • Second Year: Archaeological and Museological Aspects of Ancient Egypt; Post-classical Archaeology; Prehistory and Proto-history of the Mediterranean; Greek Religion and Mythology; Filming the Past; Thesis.

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Students will benefit of:

  • Official agreements between the University and several Italian and international Institutions, such as New York University, Institute of Study for Ancient World, the Egyptian Museum of Turin, the Soprintendenza of Piedmont and the Istituto Villa Adriana-Villa d’Este at Tivoli, Rome.
  • Possibilities of internships in Italy and abroad
  • Regular study trips and fieldwork opportunities, such as archaeological excavations, surveys and Museums Labs) in Cappadocia (Turkey) and in several parts of Italy, including at two UNESCO world heritage sites, Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli and Dos dell’Arca in Valcamonica.

Graduates will be prepared to be employed in a wide range of careers in the fields of archaeology, heritage and cultural management, academia as well as related careers

Entry Requirements

  • 3-year Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in Humanities or Social Sciences, in one or more of the following areas: archaeology, classics, history, ancient languages, geography, history of art.
  • B2 level English proficiency

What our students say

“What you expect when you plan a visit to an Italian town is to see ancient buildings, to experience grand medieval architecture, and to enjoy being part of a unique and lively environment. Pavia is this kind of town. The old University, its perfect location, the good public services around town, and the availability of study facilities offer the necessary conditions to facilitate the learning process. Thanks to the work of the many students’ organizations, entertainment is guaranteed: you will never be bored here!”

Ruslan Minich, Ukraine, graduate in World Politics and International Relations

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