International MA Program
The University of Haifa’s International Master’s Degree in Maritime Civilizations offers students an exceptional opportunity to learn about the history and archaeology of maritime societies, as well as the natural environment in which they developed and currently exist. Students will explore a variety of fields pertaining to maritime civilizations and the marine environment, including coastal and underwater archaeology and micro-archaeology, marine biology and ecology, maritime history, and maritime geology and geomorphology.
The interdisciplinary curriculum offers advanced courses and research training to students interested in exploring human-sea interactions in a dynamic learning environment. The learning experience combines classroom courses, day fieldtrips, hands-on laboratory practice, as well as field-based courses and research. Field activities are an integral part of the program. They expose students to hands-on applied science, a variety of research methods including modern approaches to micro-archaeology, first-hand acquaintance with the sea through research cruises and under-water excavations, and an introduction to the challenges of marine studies. Students will be required to participate in field activities. Special emphasis is placed on coastal settlements, harbors, ships and seafaring as part of the maritime heritage of the Mediterranean. The program also addresses the ecological and geomorphological dynamics in the eastern Mediterranean and their influence on the interaction between man and the sea in ancient and modern times. This program is based on active research carried out in the field and the laboratories at the Department of Maritime Civilizations and the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies. The language of instruction is English. Student experiences are available at the “Sea Us” blog.
The Department of Maritime Civilizations at the University of Haifa now offers an exciting new program: double MA degree in Maritime Archaeological Heritage with the University of Padova, Italy. The program, which will focus on archaeological materials in marine contexts, will be open for outstanding students. Studies will include two semesters in the University of Haifa followed by one or two semesters in the University of Padova, and a thesis advised by scholars from both institutions. Scholarships for candidates will be considered.