Master of continuing education in Document Archaeology: Analysis, interpretation, research and conservation of Hispanic written sources

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Academic Direction: Valle Rico Pacheco 

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Master belonging to the titles issued by the URJC that puts the student in contact with Hispanic written sources through a critical, analytical and interdisciplinary methodology through the study of subjects specific to Historiographic Sciences and Techniques (Paleography, Diplomatics, Epigraphy, Graphitology History, Numismatics, Archivistics and Codicology) as well as Philology (Latin) and Chemistry (analysis of inks and writing media), as well as conservation and restoration techniques for documentary heritage. In this aspect, the student will be able to access diverse content and methodologies through a single course, combining humanistic and scientific disciplines.


  • Train specialists in the study and investigation of written sources on any medium.
  • Address the study in all its complexity of documents written transversally, abandoning the current watertight compartments
  • Incorporate new technologies into the study, analysis and editing of written sources.


Module I: Historiographic Sciences and Techniques

  • Ancient and early medieval Hispanic writings
  • Late medieval and modern Hispanic writings
  • Hispanic Exposed Writings (Historical Graffiti)
  • Hispanic historical documentation
  • Currency as a historical source
  • Archival
  • Hispanic codicology

Module II: Archeology and materiality of writing

  • Epigraphy and epigraphic culture
  • Digital humanities: The digital document

Module III: Sciences applied to the study of historical documents

  • The language of the documents: Latin and ancient Spanish for the interpretation of written sources
  • Conservation and restoration techniques for books and documents
  • Chemistry applied to the study of writing media and inks

Module IV: Master's thesis



Access requirements: Degrees or Double Degrees in History, Humanities, Philosophy and Letters or Library Science and Documentation, or those who have yet to pass a maximum of 30 ECTS credits from an official higher degree in Spain whose profile matches the scope of the proposed degree.

Exceptionally, those without a previous official university degree who can prove work experience in this field will also be able to access. In this case, they will be eligible for a university extension certificate or diploma with the same name and number of credits as this degree.

Selection criteria

Number of Places: 20

Academic Management and Faculty

Directors: Tomás Puñal Fernández and Francisco Reyes Téllez

Secretary: David Sanchez Serrano

Faculty: Tomás Puñal Fernández, Francisco Reyes Téllez, David Sánchez Serrano, Gonzalo Viñuales Ferreiro, Alberto Polo Romero, Ana Vico Belmonte, Vicente Calvo Fernández, María Isabel del Hierro Morales, Carmen Peña, Beatriz González.

Duration and development

Modality: In-person/blended/online: Online

Number of credits: 60

Contact hours:

Delivery location: Virtual classroom

Hours: 16-20 p.m.

Start and end date: September 2024-June 2025

Reservation of place and enrollment

Pre-registration period: from February 28 to August 20, 2024

Enrollment deadline: from August 20 to September 1, 2024

Title price: 3.000 euros

Possibility of scholarship (if applicable): yes

Pre-registration: €500. This amount is included in the total cost of the course and will be returned if your academic request is not accepted. If, once the student's application has been admitted, the enrollment is not formalized, the amount deposited for pre-enrolment will not be returned.

The start of the course is conditioned to the minimum number of students enrolled.

Documentation to attach, forms and place of delivery

the applicants they will present all the scanned documentation, in the formats allowed through the telematic self-registration application at the time of applying for admission to own degrees. They must compulsorily attach to their request the declaration of the person responsible for the veracity of the data provided in digital format.

At any time, both the Program Management and the Own Teaching Service may request the applicants to submit said certified/collated documentation through the General Registry, located on the Móstoles Campus, or in any of the registries assistants located in the different campuses of the Rey Juan Carlos University, or by sending it through Certified Mail to: Rey Juan Carlos University. General Registry. Avda. Tulipán s/n. 28933. Mostoles. Madrid

The student is responsible for the veracity and correctness of the data provided, exonerating the Rey Juan Carlos University from any responsibility and guaranteeing and being responsible for its accuracy, validity and authenticity.

Required documentation:

Students with a degree obtained from a Spanish university or a Higher Education Institution belonging to another Member State of the European Higher Education Area that authorizes access to own postgraduate degrees must present the following documentation:

  • National Identity Document or equivalent
  • University degree of the studies that give access to the requested postgraduate degree.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Responsible declaration of veracity of the data provided in digital format
  • Any other document that the Director of the Own Title specifically requires for its acceptance

Students with a foreign degree must present the following documentation:

  • Passport or Residence Card
  • Foreign Higher Education Degree (Graduate, Graduate, Architect, Engineer Doctor...) that give access to own postgraduate degree studies.
  • Certificate certifying that the studies carried out give access to an Official Postgraduate Degree in your country of origin, issued by the University of origin
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Declaration of the person responsible for the veracity of the data provided in digital format
  • Any other document that the Director of the Own Title specifically requires for its acceptance

Applicants with studies completed in foreign University Centers may be requested at any time a certificate of verification of these studies and centers, issued by an authorized Institution.

All documentation provided must be legalized in accordance with Spanish law and translated by an official translator.