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Inter-university Master's Degree in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution (Erasmus Mundus) - 9th edition


International Master's Programme award

This master's degree has  three main areas: research into human palaeoecology and prehistory, palaeoanthropology, geology and palaeoontology of the Quaternary; archaeological intervention; and the management, conservation and socialisation of archaeological heritage. It shares objectives and educational activities with the degrees in History and Anthropology and Human Evolution through introductory subjects to a specialisation in archaeology.

It offers a specialised, career-oriented degree designed to prepare students for research in the field of Quaternary archaeology without neglecting the important demands of society and the labour market. It aims to train students to evaluate and draw up reports on archaeological interventions so that they can work as specialists in the field of archaeology or in the management of archaeological heritage

Career opportunities

Research in Quaternary archaeology and human evolution, with specialisations in the disciplinary branches, including field and rescue archaeology, dissemination and museumisation of human evolution and Quaternary archeology, and conservation and restoration of archaeological material from the Pleistocene.

Inter-university Master's Degree in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution
Title description (RUCT link) Inter-university Master's Degree in Quaternary Archaelogy and Human Evolution
Duration 120 ECTS credits - 2 years
Track Research
Type  Face-to-face

Classes are held in the morning and afternoon/evening from Monday to Friday. The face-to-face part of each subject is concentrated in two weeks.

Mobility To obtain the Erasmus Mundus qualification, students must study for at least one semester in at least one of the other participating universities.
Language of instruction Catalan/Spanish/English
Places available 20
Collaborating institutions Catalan Institute of Human Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES)
Participating universities
  • University of Ferrara (Italy)
  • Polytechnic Institute of Tomar (Portugal)
  • University of Tràs-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal)
  • National Museum of Natural History (Paris, France)

Faculty of Arts

Associated doctoral programme Quaternary and Prehistory
Website of the master's degree Inter-university Master's Degree in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution
Course dates From 1 October to the end of May. The master's thesis can be submitted in June or September of the second year.
Academic coordinator Dr Carlos Lorenzo Merino
Coordinator's email address carlos.lorenzo(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat
Administrative contact

Campus Catalunya Secretariat for Academic Management
977 297 000

Specific grants for this master's degree

Erasmus Mundus scholarships for European and non-European students.
Catalunya - La Pedrera Foundation scholarships for students taking master's degrees of excellence.
Mobility grants from the Mediterranean Office for Youth (MOY).


Quality assurance

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