Course description

The Master’s degree course ‘Cultural Heritage in the Near and Middle East, and in Africa’ offers a unique training opportunity for those wishing to specialise in both the study of history and the conservation of cultural heritage of western Asia and northern and eastern Africa. Our teaching methods are designed to give a solid theoretical and methodological grounding as well as practical experience and combine classes and seminars with thematic workshops and specialised hands-on practical training.

Taught modules are all characterised by strong interdisciplinarity and encompass the fields of archaeology, epigraphy, history, history of art, philology, and literary studies, paired with cultural anthropology and history of religions. Hands-on activities, implemented both in Italy and in the many countries where Sapienza’s prestigious archaeological missions are active, will provide students with skills in numerous areas of expertise (e.g. stratigraphic excavation, survey, conservation, the study of material culture, interpretation of historical sources, museum planning and developing, valorisation projects).

Graduates from the MA will develop specific knowledge and professional skills that are required for a successful career in national and international organisations that promote heritage enhancement projects in the area and will grant excellent foundation for those wishing to continue to further degree programmes.

Academic Requirements:

Bachelor Degree (three-year or equivalent) with a background in archaeology, or, alternatively, in epigraphy, history of art, philology and cultural anthropology, Museology, Cultural Heritage Law.
Applicants should have a basic knowledge of archaeological sciences, history, languages, and ancient literatures of the Mediterranean and Western Asia territories, including Egypt and North and East Africa.

Graduates/Candidates must have acquired at least:
  • 84 CFU in History, archaeology, art history, philology and literature.

  • 6 CFU in hard sciences.

CFU is the Italian equivalent of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System ): 1 CFU = 30 hours of study. 1 CFU roughly corresponds to 7 teaching hours, therefore a standard semester course of 42 teaching hours corresponds to 6 CFU.

For International candidates holding degrees achieved in EU or non-EU countries, the correspondence between academic qualifications and the relative disciplines will be reconstructed by the Admission Committee when evaluating the university curriculum.

Admission is dependent upon possession of curricular requirements.

Minimum GPA: 70/100

Minimum English Language Requirements: Upper Intermediate (CEFR Level B2) The following test scores are accepted:

  • IELTS Academic 6.0 or higher

  • TOEFL IbT 80 or higher

  • Cambridge B2 First or higher

  • TOEIC Listening&Reading 720 or higher

Please note: the above requirements may be waived for students holding a degree from an accredited institution where English is the primary language of instruction. The Admission Committee will assess language proficiency of candidates not holding a suitable English language certificate through an interview.

How to apply


The online application procedure is availabe at https://www.uniroma1.it/en/admissions2023

For further information on deadlines and methods, please visit https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/it/corso/2021/31177/home


For information on current tuition fees and future updates, please visit https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/tuition-fees-and-grants.



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