Long-term degree program success in maritime archaeology

In 2019–2020, a research project was carried out at the University of Helsinki on what factors contribute to the long-term success of a university degree program in maritime archaeology. The research was conducted in support of the maritime archaeology curriculum being planned at the University of Helsinki with inauguration in 2023.

The research was published in a monograph that reports the results of an online questionnaire and contextualises those against the global and Finnish development of maritime archaeology into an academic discipline.

According to the study, one of the most important factors to consider in degree program development in maritime archaeology is staff continuity. In small disciplines, even successful departments may be shut down after staff leaves or retires. Attention should therefore be paid to developing funding that enables long-term staff continuity.

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