The University of Cyprus offers a distinctive postgraduate program, the Master in Digital Heritage and Landscape Archaeology, which stands out in the Eastern Mediterranean region. This program focuses on the practical application of spatial technologies and GeoInformatics within the broader field of Digital Humanities. Bridging the gap between New Technologies and the Humanities exposes students to the latest spatial technological advancements, providing hands-on training with various tools and software. Emphasizing a critical perspective, the program encourages dialogue across different disciplines, addressing archaeological and historical questions.
The Digital Heritage and Landscape Archaeology program aims to:
This graduate program enables students to:
Applicants must have a University degree awarded by an accredited institution in the country where it operates or a degree evaluated as equivalent to a University degree by the Cyprus Council for the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications (KY.S.A.T.S). Individuals who will be awarded a University degree or Graduation certificate fulfilling the necessary criteria by the end of the week that precedes registration week are also eligible to apply.
The criteria for assessment of postgraduate candidates are the following:
Following the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CYQAA), for admission to programs of study taught in the English language at postgraduate levels at universities, candidate students should provide a certificate of their knowledge of English.
For programs of study at the postgraduate level candidate students are required to have certification for “Very Good Knowledge” of English at level B2-C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). At this level, the users can understand a wide range of demanding, long and complex texts, and recognize implied meanings. The users can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. They can use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes. They can produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex topics, demonstrating controlled use of organizational patterns, connecting elements, and coherence mechanisms.
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) corresponds to the following specific reference frameworks for international examinations, according to the official pages of the organizations offering these examinations. Indicatively, a score of 5.5 – 6.5 corresponds to knowledge of level B2 (Lower), while a score of 8.5-9 is level C2 (Proficiency).
The number of places available is announced by the Graduate School with the eligibility criteria for candidates, as well as other required documents that must be attached to the application such as:
The Department may also set additional criteria and quality indicators such as:
(a) number of students’ publications in scientific journals,
(b) students’ participation in seminars, symposia, research programmes,
(c) presentations by students at conferences,
(d) knowledge of foreign languages, and
(e) professional experience, etc.
Prospective students for the Digital Heritage and Landscape Archaeology must have completed an undergraduate degree in Archaeology, History, Anthropology, or other related fields of research (e.g. History of Art, Architecture, Geography, Geology, Topography, Environmental Sciences, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering).
Graduates of the University of Cyprus and Universities of Greece must have an undergraduate diploma with a cumulative grade of 6.5 or higher. The equivalent is required for graduates from other Universities.
Successful completion of the requirements of the Programme:
The programme can be completed in a minimum of 3 semesters and is credited with 90 ECTS.
During the first two semesters, 5 compulsories and 1 elective course will be taught, three per semester. Each course is credited with 10 ECTS, so the maximum number of ECTS per semester is 30.
During the third semester, 1 elective course will be taught. In order to complete the remaining 20 ECTS, students have to conduct a Master's thesis (20 ECTS) during the third semester.
During the summer semester, students will have the option to follow a “practical training in field archaeology” (ARC 615: 10 ECTS), which will be an elective.
The 250 hours of 10 ΕCTS* per course are allocated as follows:
* 1 ECTS = 25 working hours
Writing and defending the master’s thesis is credited with 20 ECTS, as follows:
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.
In a postgraduate programme of study, courses can be graded as Success/Failure. These courses do not count towards the student’s GPA, and may not exceed 25% of the programme’s ECTS, with the exception of the dissertation units. All courses are presented in the Postgraduate Studies Prospectus.
The diploma dissertation, thesis, research and writing stages are graded with Success / Failure. The final grade of the dissertation is registered in the last semester of its elaboration. Master-level dissertations are calculated qualitatively as Excellent, Very Good, Good, and Failure.