Erasmus Mundus in Quaternario e Preistoria

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The main objective of this course (120 ECTS) is to train young researchers in providing competitive services and researches on Prehistory, Paleo-anthropology, geology and paleontology, on the methods to be applied for prehistoric and archaeological research, on Quaternary’s geology and paleontology and on heritage preservation and revaluation.

The ERASMUS MUNDUS master degree in Quaternary and Prehistory is meant to prepare professionals with the following requirements:

·         Valid cultural background on scientific research, methods and knowledge on the ancient history of Man both from a cultural and from a naturalistic-prehistoric perspective;

·         Appropriate skills in analyzing natural components (both biotic and biotic) within the relationship and interaction between man and environment during the long omination process with specific reference to Quaternary period;

·         Knowledge on scientific aspects of Man’s evolution with special concern to naturalistic contents both from an historical and an evolutionary perspective, and also from the point of view of constant relationship with different ways of life and survival strategies used by our species along time;

·         Coordination skills and ability to intervene in an interdisciplinary way both in terms of coordination and development of different kinds of research within the subjects of the master degree;

·         Appropriate knowledge and management of filing and analysis of information concerning human evolution and natural environment of prehistoric community with special interest in biological and cultural aspects;

·         Appropriate skills in restoration and preservation techniques of materials in prehistoric natural sediments.

·         Interdisciplinary knowledge on the state of research within prehistory acquired at the main European Institutions.


Following, the activities expected are described; in sheet 1 the curricula for training activities, the type, the respective credits and the forecasted number of hours for classes have been identified. For each activity it has been indicated a gap of possible credits according to each curricula’s address/course chosen by the student in accordance with the School Board.

For each curricula, a minimum of 6 ECTS are compulsory. At the end of the first semester the student will have to select a specific curricula and will have to take not less than 30 credits within the two years.

In sheet 2 the objectives and each contents are described.

On the basis of specific lessons available at each partner Institutions the student will have the possibility to select, within the offer, each own training address. It is not only about sharing knowledge among Institutions with the same aims, but it is also about transferring specific and complementary knowledge.

Partners’ representatives, that have already met three times in Ferrara and in Paris, have scheduled training activities as follows:

















Procedures for research on prehistory and archeology





Geology and Palaeontology of Quaternary





Conservation and valorisation of the heritage

T +L


6 -30

















Definition of teaching for curricula, stages and apprenticeship. Type of teaching: T= theory, L= laboratory, T/L= theory with exercise; ST= individual activity with a tutor.


Admission criteria: for all partner Institutions the same procedures for application and selection criteria for the admission to the Master Degree will be valid.

Students from at least 3 year university courses can be admitted. These courses have to be legally acknowledged with university degree or similar qualifications within archeology, literature, prehistory, paleontology, Quaternary’s geology, natural and environmental science, biology and geology, technology and cultural heritage preservation, education and tourism science.

Partner institutions are engaged in the acknowledgment of degrees of Third Countries’ candidates according to the rules in force.

Selections and applications, carried out at each partner institution’s with common agreed procedures, are consequently acknowledged by other participants to the Master Degree.

Students selected by partner University will be admitted to the Master Degree at the origin University and at Ferrara University, administrative center of the course.

The application forms for the scholarships for third country students are published on this sites 4 months before the closing date of the call.



Students mobility traks: students and teachers’ mobility among partners is arranged according to the curricula addresses chosen by the students. This promotes the transfer of knowledge.  

Mobility will be encouraged by the availability of free or low cost apartments at each partner institutions’. This mobility will be available for the entire year, and also at summer time when full immersion study activities will be included in the program in summer schools (15 days minimum duration) together with participations in explorations in the country side (excavations, etc.). These initiatives  will be particularly favorable for expected stage activities and for those activities concerning a final report compilation (final exam).

These last initiatives, which partners have already been developing for several years, will allow a major interaction and integration among students coming from European and Third countries.

The development of at least 30% credits at a different partners’ (different from the one the student is registered) will be arranged by the Teachers’ Board on each student’s specific request. The evaluation of the selected courses will be in accordance with the curricula chosen by the same student. 

A constant mobility (among partners) of students coming in and going out will be balanced in order to promote exchanges to all directions.

Tuition fees: 1.000 €/year for all students (Europeans and Third Country). Fees cover the inscription to the master, the insurance and the accomodation during the filedwork.

Language of instruction: the officials languages of instruction are English and French. The students are strictly recommended to learn also the local language, free courses of language are active in each partner institution.



The IMQP master award a JOINT DEGREE signed by all Partners Institutions (UNIFE, URV, MNHN, IPT & UTAD). The students can also ask for a national degree awarded by the first hosting institution. The officials languages of the joint degree are Italian and French.

The Joint Degree allow the inscription to the PhD. And special scholarships for foreign students are avaibles in the international doctorate in " Science and Technology for the Archaeology and the Cultural Heritage" active in the University of Ferrara.


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