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An archaeologist knees down in the dust, wearing a long-sleeved beige shirt and trousers, brushing away dirt and pebbles from historic artifacts. Who does not know the image of archaeological excavation under the sun and in the heat of deserts and fields? But archaeologists are also responsible in exploring human history – societal and natural. As an archaeologist you mainly study the era of human existence, but also look back at the era of dinosaurs.

Hence, your prospective field of expertise is diverse. Among your study, you focus on lifestyle, architecture, spiritual meanings and belief of bygone cultures. Contrary to the classic postgraduate programmes in history, your Master of Archaeology allows to follow a hands-on programme. Not only do you derive your knowledge and information from literature sources, but you handle real historic artifacts. Some describe the Master of Archaeology as a more practical postgraduate programme among the various history degrees on offer.

In order to conduct the practical elements of the course, the Master of Archaeology is conceptualised in an interdisciplinary manner. Apart from humanities and social sciences, scientific methodology from biology and chemistry belong to your curriculum, teaching you the identification and spatial positioning of your findings.

Programme structure of the Masters degree in Archaeology

The postgraduate degree course in Archaeology usually leaves room for a study period abroad. Especially the practical exploration of historic artifacts may be interesting at a partner university or in a foreign country.

You will be given the academic title of Master of Arts in Archaeology, once you successfully accomplish the two-year study period. The admission criteria varies at different universities. Therefore, we advise you to directly contact the university of your choice.

Overview of postgraduate programmes:

    study programmes     universities
  Human Osteology and Funerary Studies     University of Winchester
  Roman Frontier Studies     Newcastle University
  Archaeology     Durham University
  Greek Archaeology     University of Birmingham
  Osteoarchaeology     Bournemouth University
  Safety Critical Systems Engineering     University of York
  Archaeology (MA)     Newcastle University
  Archaeological Research     University of Cambridge
  Archaeology of the North     University of Aberdeen
  Professional Conservation     Cardiff University
  Archaeology of Medieval Europe     University of Reading
  Public Archaeology     University College London
  Artefact Studies     University College London
  Art and Archaeology of East Asia and Intensive Language     SOAS, University of London
  Mesolithic Studies     University of York
  Palaeopathology     Durham University
  Marine Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical Options)     University College London
  Mediterranean Archaeology     University College London
  Research Methods for Archaeology     University College London
  Archaeological Practice     Bournemouth University
  Vertebrate Palaeontology     University of Southampton
  Palaeoanthropology     University of Sheffield
  Archaeological Computing (Virtual Pasts)     University of Southampton
  Osteoarchaeology     University of Sheffield
  Archaeology (Res)     University of Reading
  Islamic Art and Archaeology     University of Oxford
  Applied Landscape Archaeology     University of Oxford
  Osteoarchaeology     University of Southampton
  Archaeology and Identity     University of Bradford
  Archaeology     Durham University
  Archaeology     University of Exeter
  Archaeology and Heritage Practice     University of Chester
  Forensic Archaeology     Bournemouth University
  Archaeological Science     Cardiff University
  Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology     University of Sheffield
  Archaeology (Research)     University of Exeter
  Archaeological Science     University of Nottingham
  Master's by Research (School of Applied Sciences)     Bournemouth University
  Art & archaeology     SOAS, University of London
  Comparative Art and Archaeology     University College London
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