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Profile of Programme

Archaeology is one of the most important study programs of the University of Cyprus. Due to Cyprus’ geographical position, UCY is an ideal place not just for studying the archaeology of the island itself, but that of the Mediterranean in general, as well. For this reason, it was obvious from the very beginning of the operation of the University of Cyprus that such a programme was much needed.
Thus, after the establishment of one of the best archaeological libraries in the Eastern Mediterranean, and the endowment of the Department with several, new academic positions, the Department of History and Archaeology began to offer this postgraduate programme in Mediterranean Archaeology. The programme aims to highlight and examine all aspects of Mediterranean interconnections from Prehistory up to the Byzantine era, based on the varying fields of expertise of the academic staff of the Department, and to make the students acquainted with the latest research results and methodologies in the field, as well to teach them how to reach such results and build such methodologies themselves.

Key Learning Outcomes

The intended learning outcomes are the study of Archaeology, History and cultures of the Mediterranean from Prehistory to the Byzantine era, with a clear emphasis on the Eastern part of this area. Study is based on the examination of different aspects of the human existence in different areas of this part of the world, and on the search of their differences and similarities across times and regions

Key Information

Department: Department of History and Archaeology

Faculty: Faculty of Letters

Programme Name: Archaeology of the Mediterranean from Prehistory to the Byzantine era

Direction: Archaeology of the Mediterranean from Prehistory to the Byzantine Εra

Level of Qualification: 2nd Cycle (Master's Degree) [4 Semesters]

Mode of Study: Full time

Language of Instruction: Greek

Coordinator: Associate Professor George Papasavvas 

Curriculum Structure

Course Type ECTS
Compulsory 40
Restricted Elective 80

Courses per Semester

Conditions of Study

The number of places available are announced by the Graduate School with the eligibility criteria for candidates.
The following qualifications are required for accession to the master of “Αrchaeology of the Mediterranean from Prehistory to the Byzantine era”:
Bachelor in History and Archaeology from the University of Cyprus, or
Bachelor in History and Archaeology from the Department of History and Archaeology of Greek universities, or

Bachelor from the Department of Classical Studies and Philosophy of the University of Cyprus, and of the correspondent departments of Greek universities, or

Bachelor from the Department of Archaeology or Classical Studies from other

recognized universities abroad, or

Bachelor in relevant specializations (History, History of Art, Architecture, Anthropology and other sciences supportive for the Archaeology, like Geology, Physics and Chemistry) from the University of Cyprus or Greek universities or any other recognized University abroad.

Grade 7/10 and above for the graduates of the University of Cyprus and of Greek universities, or corresponding grades for the graduates of other universities.

Success in interview.

Success in written examinations in one of the basic European languages that the candidate has noted on his application (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish).

Letters of recommendation

Students must always advise the University's' Postgraduate Study Rules

Successful completion of the requirements of the Programme

The grading system is numerical, from 0 to 10 with increments of ½. The minimum passing grade is 5. The final grade of a graduate student is calculated as the grade point average of all courses passed by the student

Further Information

Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

Graduates’ employability prospects

  • Bodies for the support and promotion of research (Universities – Research Centers, etc.) and bodies that train research executives in cultural sectors
  • Department of Antiquities of Cyprus
  • Education, public and private 
  • Museums, Art Galleries, Art Centres, Cultural Centres
  • Libraries, Archives, Research Centres, Documentation Centres
  • Public Sector (e.g. Ministry of Education and Culture – Cultural Services, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, Ministry of Interior – Civil Registry and Migration Department, Asylum Service, etc.)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diplomatic Corps
  • Organizations and bodies of the European Union and the United Nations which operate in the sector of culture and research in Cyprus and abroad
  • Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus
  • Cyprus Tourism Organization, Tourism Corporations, Tourist guides
  • Bodies and Corporations that are active in the development of new technologies and in enhancing and promoting culture
  • Corporations producing multimedia that promote the visibility of cultural heritage (3D Graphics, CD-ROM, internet presentations)
  • Politics and Political Science. Political Parties and Bodies of regional authority / Business administration
  • Mass Media and Journalism
  • Publishing Houses
  • Church of Cyprus.

Access to Further Studies

Graduates can be admitted to Doctoral Programs