University of Warsaw, Faculty of History, Institute of Archaeology

Field of study:Archaeology (Bioarchaeology and Archaeological Science)
Type of studies:Graduate
System of studies:full-time (day) studies
Limit of students:30

Official website of the Programme is available at:

Programme description:

We offer in-depth training in excavation of human and animal remains as well as courses in osteology, bone taphonomy and archaeological chemistry. Our lecturers have substantial fieldwork experience in various areas of the Near East and specialized lectures and classes will be accompanied by the general curriculum in the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East.

Summer Excavation Training all over the World

Summer excavation training is an important element of the archaeology course. The Institute of Archaeology organizes on-site training to provide future graduates with hands-on experience in the field. Fieldwork is an integral part of the Institute’s curriculum and each year all students of archaeology at the University of Warsaw are eligible to participate in archaeological excavations led by prominent researchers from the Institute in Poland or abroad.

Students can choose from a variety of different types of archaeological sites in Europe, the Near East, Central Asia, North Africa and South America.

Graduate profile and potential career opportunities:

Our graduates will become professional excavators of cemeteries and animal bone deposits, with training in osteology sufficient for fieldwork macroscopic analyses of human remains, including sex and age assessment, basic paleopathology, stress markers, metric measurements and basic odontology. They will be able to places results of bioarchaeological research in wider historical and ecological context, as well as to design various kinds of more specific laboratory research.

Application and admission procedure:

A qualifying interview will be the basis for candidate admission. The interview will be conducted in English. It’s aims are assessment of candidate’s ability to study archaeology as well as evaluation of the candidate’s scope of interest in terms of the particular field of study. In order to fill possible programme differences, enrolled candidates who are not graduates of first-cycle studies in archaeology may be obliged to pass exams in selected subjects included in the programme of first-cycle studies in archaeology. All candidates holding a degree awarded by a foreign university follow the same rules as the candidates who have graduated from Polish universities.

Admission details and procedures as well as registration for admission are available on the IRK web site. For further information please contact:


There is no tuition fee for the European Union citizens. We welcome also Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus students of archaeology and related disciplines for one/two semester stay. The cost of the full programme for non-EU students is 4168 Euros (2084 Euros per year). The tuition fee should be paid via bank transfer (to the account specified below) following the posting of accepted candidates’ names by the Admission Committee.

IBAN: PL 95 1160 2202 0000 0000 6084 9522, SWIFT: BIGBPLPW