This MSc programme concentrates on science-based archaeology and is ideal for people who want to become post-excavation or artefact specialists in the museum or commercial sectors.

There are two pathways to choose from: Artefact, and Landscape and Environment. Each would be suitable for graduates in archaeology or science subjects, who want to start or further their careers in these exciting fields.

The programme would also be useful preparation for further academic research and the skills you'll gain, such as problem-solving and team work, will be attractive to any employer.

The MSc in Archaeology consists of 180 credits of study. You will take a taught programme of 120 credits, comprised of eight modules, each of 15 credits, divided evenly into four modules per semester. You will also be required to complete a 15,000-20,000 word research dissertation which is to be submitted at the end of the academic year. You will be able to tailor the degree programme to suit your interests and requirements as far as possible within the options available.

Career prospects

Our Master's programmes are designed to equip students with a wide range of transferable skills, with an emphasis on the development of both research and practical analytical skills. They equip students for further study at Postgraduate level (MPhil/PhD) and meet the training requirements of the AHRC and NERC. Research students have not only continued their studies at postdoctoral level, but also embarked on specialised long-term careers in lecturing, museum work and the heritage industry. Our degrees are a good investment in your future. Whichever direction you choose after graduation, potential employers (both nationally and internationally) appreciate the breadth of view, analytical skills and intellectual rigour that you gain by studying civilizations and periods so different from our own.

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  • Research Skills for Ace M-level Students
  • Designing and Communicating Research
  • Pyrotechnology: Theory, Evidence and Experiment
  • Wood in Archaeology and Palaeoecology: Wood and Charcoal Analysis
  • Artefacts and Analysis
  • Research Themes in the Neolithic of the Near East
  • Wood in Archaeology and Palaeoecology: Wood and Charcoal Analysis
  • Regionalism in Archaic Greek World
  • Early Technologies
  • Themes in the Archaeology of Roman Britain
  • Researching Urban Communities in the Near East, 5000-500 B.c
  • Issues in Egyptian Settlement Archaeology
  • Economies and Exchange in the Ancient Near East
  • Roman Frontier Systems: From the Late Republic to the End of the Fourth Century Ad
  • Deciphering Symbols: Approaches to An Understanding of the Earliest Symbolic Behaviour
  • Requirements

    Listed below are the documents required to apply for this course.
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    Sep 2024

    Start Month

    Aug 2024

    Application Deadline

    Upcoming Intakes

    • September 2024

    Mode of Study

    • Full Time