Master of Arts in Global Maritime Archaeology

Master of Arts in Global Maritime Archaeology

Course Title

Master of Arts in Global Maritime Archaeology

MQF Level


Duration and Credits

3 Semesters


Mode of Study


Information for International applicants

Applicants must be in possession of:

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A first cycle degree in Archaeology, Geography, History, or Oceanography or in another area which the Faculty Board considers as appropriate, obtained with a Second Class (Honours) or Category II classification, provided that applicants in possession of a degree with Third Class (Honours) or Category III shall satisfy the Faculty Board through an interview that they are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience, obtained following the first cycle degree.

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The M.A. in Global Maritime Archaeology is a programme rooted in archaeological principles and concepts but with special emphasis on the underwater and maritime sub-disciplines. It is especially concerned with human interaction with the sea and other bodies of water, including submerged landscapes and associated physical remains. You will analyse past archaeological reports on complete excavations in the Mediterranean as well as apply post-excavation methods and laboratory techniques to acquire data on maritime heritage. The programme encourages hands-on fieldwork and trains you to characterise and prescribe in-situ conservation techniques to various cultural artefacts situated on the seabed. It will ultimately prepare you to organise exhibitions to submit your findings and detailed reports.

Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
ARC5000 Archaeology and the Sea - Theory and Methods 10 ECTS    
ARC5001 Archaeology of Maritime Mobility 10 ECTS    
ARC5003 Power Projection and the Maritime World 10 ECTS    

Semester 2
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
ARC5002 Conservation and Management of Maritime Cultural Heritage 10 ECTS    
ARC5004 Manifestations of Maritime Culture: Objects, Voices and Landscapes 10 ECTS    

Summer Semester
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
ARC5005 Dissertation 30 ECTS    
ARC5006 Fieldwork 10 ECTS    


This programme of study is governed by the General Regulations for University Postgraduate Awards, 2021 and by the Bye-Laws for the award of the degree of Master of Arts in Global Maritime Archaeology - M.A. - under the auspices of the International Collaborative Programmes, offered in collaboration with the Western Australia maritime Museum.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical and scientific principles to archaeological problems
  • Apply conservation treatments of underwater artefacts to ensure international conventions are adhered to and relics protected
  • Prepare Archaeological Impact Assessments, background research of offshore and coastal developments and the organisation of site-specific fieldwork
  • Organise exhibitions, including the fundamentals of exhibition design and layout
  • Identify and operate technology used in the field of offshore survey
  • Prescribe conservation techniques and prepare academic publications for popular dissemination

Non EU Applicants:

Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,000
Deposit upon acceptance: Eur 1,000
Upon Commencement of the Course: Eur 9,000

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As a graduate of the MA in Global Maritime Archaeology, you will have a vast range of professions to pursue. These include; professional archaeologists, research assistants, park managers, sonar operators, curators and planners. You will also be well positioned and equipped to pursue doctoral research in various maritime related subjects. Furthermore, if you are interested in developing further the transdisciplinary synergy between science and the humanities, you will find fertile ground for the expansion of your own research interests.

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