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Inter-university Master's Degree in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution

Admission qualifications

A degree in chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry, geology, history, art history, humanities, anthropology, geography and study of the preservation and restoration of cultural property, with a specialisation in archaeological materials or in areas related to the above and to this master's degree.

Specific documentation

As well as the compulsory documentaion required for pre-enrolment to the programme, students must also submit the following documents:

  • Proof of mastery of a foreign language, preferably English
  • Proof of knowledge of basic ICT skills

Selection criteria

Pre-enrolled students will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Having participated in excavations and/or research in the field of Quaternary archaeology and human evolution.
  • Mastery of expression and comprehension in a foreign language, preferably English.
  • Having basic ICT skills.
  • Having a broad perspective of the world and experience and ease of mobility within the European area.
  • Previous research, capacity for teamwork and relevant high-quality research work.

If demand for places exceeds capacity, the School will order the applications according to the following criteria and tests:


a) Academic record (5 points)

  1. Access route: a pre-EHEA degree (1 point)
  2. Average numerical grade on the academic record (4 points). The score for each subject will be evaluated according to the following conversion table: Fail = 0, Pass = 1, Good = 2, Excellent = 3, Distinction = 4 (Pass is considered to be a mark of 5 to 6.9; Good, 7 to 8.9; Excellent, 9 to 9.9; Distinction, 10).
  • Subjects of 3 credits: 0.5 points
  • Subjects of 4.5 credits: 0.75 points
  • Subjects of 6 credits: 1 point
  • Subjects of 9 credits: 1.5 points
  • Subjects of 12 credits: 2 points
  • Subjects of fewer than 3 credits: 0.15 per credit

b) Personal interview (2 points)

Applicants must demonstrate their motivation and interest in taking the master's degree, their knowledge and mastery of the field of Quaternary archaeology and human evolution, and their availability.
Applications will be ranked and ordered by decreasing score until the places have been filled, according to the above criteria. If two students have exactly the same score, the average score for the academic record plus the score for the personal interview will be the deciding factors.
However, if there is no shortage of places, the Admissions Committee may accept students without prioritising their merits.

Check the regulations governing access and admission