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Short description
The goal of the program is to train professionals who are capable of practicing archaeology with their acquired general knowledge in archaeology and in selected specializations. The program provides comprehensive knowledge of a number of fields in the archaeology of Central Europe and Eurasia. It focuses on topics such as the archaeology of rituals, the archaeology of art, styles and identities, the archaeology of war, the archaeology of feasts and food, social archaeology, the archaeology of death, trade, transport and mobility. Graduates will gain proficiency in independently exploring and evaluating archaeological sources and sites, and managing museum collections. In addition to the archaeological material, they will acquire familiarity with other areas of cultural heritage and will be prepared to carry out basic tasks related to cultural heritage in all institutions in charge of unearthing, protection, processing and presentation of cultural heritage. They will have the knowledge necessary to fill the position of archaeological museologist in public collections. They will be prepared to continue their studies within a Ph.D. program.

This program is recommended to applicants who
• would like to acquire general knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of archaeological work.
• would like to specialize in the archaeology of the geographic and cultural region of the Middle Danube Basin.
• would like to broaden their knowledge of the classical world, the Ancient Near East and Central Asia.
• would like to acquire the necessary skills in the following fields: bioarchaeology, archaeozoology, statistics in archaeology, aerial archaeology, archaeological geophysics, landscape and environmental archaeology, scientific dating methods
• who would like to pursue their doctoral studies in archaeology at ELTE

• Archaeology of Prehistoric Europe and the Near East
• Classical and Roman Archaeology
• Early Medieval and Historical Archaeology
• Archaeometry
• Archaeological heritage

Strenght of the programme
The Institute of Archaeological Sciences at ELTE University is one of the few European academic centres that provide a wide-ranging archaeological education and research covering the millennia from the Palaeolithic to the Early Modern Ottoman period, with a focus not only on Europe, but also on the Near East and Central Asia ( The Institute conducts excavations at the important settlements of Bibracte (France) and Grd-i Tle (Iraqi Kurdistan), as well as on the Neolithic site at Polgár and the Roman town of Brigetio in Hungary. The Institute coordinates the HistoGenes ERC Synergy Grant bioarchaeological project (2020–2026) and hosts the 28th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in 2022. The Institute’s foreign-language book series and English-language journal offers an insight into its diverse academic activities (Dissertationes Pannonicae, Dissertationes Archaeologicae ( Most of the program’s lecturers have international teaching experience and they regularly give lectures on international conferences. The Institute’s researchers are involved in several international scientific collaborations. Several professors of the Institute are members of international scientific committees or honorary members of scientific organizations (e.g. DAI, ÖAW, Académie française). The archaeological training offered by Eötvös Loránd University is regularly among the best in international rankings.

Entrance exam: Yes

Type of entrance exam: Oral

Entrance exam location: Electronic

Entrance exam description:
The application documents are processed by the Department of International Affairs and then forwarded to the department responsible for the given degree programme. The department checks the documents and organizes an interview by telephone, online (e.g. Skype) or in person. After the entrance interview, the department comes to a decision and informs the Department of International Affairs.

The entrance exam contains a discussion about the motivation of the applicant. Successful applicants must have a good command of English to pass the entrance exam. The entrance exam can be taken in person or via Skype. Ranking is based on the overall evaluation of academic excellence (based on the submitted documents) and the results of the entrance exam.

Mr. Rezső Jarmalov
Stipendium Hungaricum coordinator

Preparatory year available: No

Specialisation year available: No

Minimum number of scholarship holders: 2

Maximum number of scholarship holders: 30


Programme structure

Find the detailed structure of the program on the site of the Faculty:


Career opportunities

Graduate students will be prepared to manage archaeological museum collections, perform basic tasks related to archaeological heritage, and also to explore, protect, process and present the cultural heritage. They will be qualified for a career as researchers, lecturers, archaeologists-museologists of public collections or a position in the public administration dealing with archaeological heritage. Our graduates will be able to apply for Ph.D. studies either at Eötvös Loránd University or anywhere in the world.

Job examples
• archaeologist in a museum (museologist of public collections)
• archaeologist in a researcher institute
• archaeologist in a private company
• lecturer
• archaeologist in the public administration dealing with archaeological heritage

Apply now! Academic year 2020/21
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Sep 1, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Academic year 2020/21
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Sep 1, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States