Intelligence for legality and protection of cultural and archaeological heritage

  • Highly innovative and unique course in Italy
  • Multidisciplinary study plan
  • Stimulating and dynamic study environment
  • Strengthening of the existing links between different institutional areas
  • Enhancement of skills for the protection of artistic, archaeological and cultural heritage in risk scenarios
  • Professional profiles applicable to several contexts

Topics and focus

  • Law
  • Archaeology
  • Knowledge and document management
  • Analysis and technical drawing of archaeological artifacts
  • Intelligence
  • History of Islamic countries and analysis of radical Islam
  • Topography and cartography
  • Economics and business management

Teaching approaches 

  • Constant contact with faculty and tutors
  • Development of projects and workshop activities
  • Problem solving
  • Theoretical lessons and exercises aimed at the “learning-by-doing” approach


Students participate in competition examination. Admission requirements can be found in the admission announcement. Enrollment stages are the following:

  • Early (July)
  • Standard (September)
  • Postponed (October/December): if places are still available

After the publication of the final ranking, admitted students can enroll by paying the first fee instalment. Non-EU students can participate in a specific call (March / April); Pre-registration on is required

For the announcement of admission, the attachments and further information consult the section dedicated to master’s degrees

Degree program class
LM02 Archeology
Degree program class (for interclass degrees)
LM/DC Defense and Security Sciences
30 Slots available
Language Italian
Duration 2 years

Course description

The course aims to develop highly innovative professional profiles with sound expertise in the selection of security information, with particular reference to the protection of artistic, archaeological and cultural heritage in risk scenarios. The course of study is the appropriate response to the recent increase in crimes against cultural heritage, accompanied by organized looting, trafficking and sale of cultural property, often in combination with the persecution of individuals and communities causing an issue of security and stability of the geographical areas involved.


To access the course, students must have acquired bachelor’s degree or another degree obtained abroad, recognized as suitable. For further information (


Training two professional profiles: Intelligence Analysts for Cultural Heritage, in order to meet the demand for commitment to legality and the need to protect and enhance cultural identity features from the civil society, and Judicial Archaeologists, who carry out research, selection and analysis in the field of judicial archaeology.


These professionals will be able to work in public and private organizations at a national and international level, in the civil and military field, dealing with the protection and enhancement of archaeological, historical, artistic, documentary and monumental heritage.


Fees, contributions and exemptions

Costs calculated based on family income (ISEE-University) and including:

  • fee for the equal access to university studies (from 130€ to 160€);
  • annual amount (from 0 (if ISEE-University <= € 22,000) to € 2,000);

Flat tax = €1,000 for international students (UE and non UE)

With a family income (ISEE-University < € 24,000) students are entitled to receive:

  • Scholarship consisting of total exemption from taxes, cash share, canteen and accommodation service (for off-site students)
  • Grants for international mobility
  • Reduced rates for the use of sports facilities and cultural services
  • Benefits for students completing their degrees within regulation time

Exclusively on grounds of merit, students can obtain:

  • International mobility grants (Erasmus)
  • Free accommodation and canteen services published in the call DUnicAL career program for student-athletes.

Life on Campus

In the largest and best equipped campus in Italy students will experience the sense of a unique university community, sharing educational, recreational, sporting and cultural events with fellow colleagues and professors. The Campus is equipped with lecture rooms, a sports center, theaters, amphitheaters, cinemas, cafes, refreshment areas and other places for socialization, thus offering an extraordinary human and educational experience.

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Services to Students

Unical is organized as an independent town that provides the best possible solutions of accommodation for students and staff living on campus, because it offers multiple services for study activities and for individual and collective well-being: libraries, the Language Learning Center, counselling and inclusion services. The Campus also includes a health center, a post office, a bank counter and a mindfulness dedicated area.

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Residential Center

It complements and completes the services provided by the University of Calabria and has put into shape the idea of a British-American campus-style University. It encompasses 10 districts hosting the university residences, consisting of apartments with double and single rooms, living room, kitchen and toilets. In these districts there are common areas for study and recreational activities and sports, there are TV rooms, game rooms and gyms; launderettes and bike rental services are also available.

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