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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
comprehensive profile   Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics   comprehensive profile   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
comprehensive profile   Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology   comprehensive profile   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
comprehensive profile   Archaeology: European Archaeology   comprehensive profile   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  Archaeology   comprehensive profile   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  Social Archaeology     University of Southampton
  Classical Archaeology     University of Oxford
  Archaeology (Research)     University of Exeter
  Archaeology     University of York
  Archaeological Science     University of Nottingham
  Archaeology (MRes)     University of Birmingham
  Mediterranean Archaeology     University College London
  Archaeology and Identity     University of Bradford
  Archaeology     Durham University
  Archaeology     University of Nottingham
  Islamic Art and Archaeology (MSt)     University of Oxford
  Archaeology     University of Cambridge
  Archaeological Practice     Birkbeck, University of London
  Archaeological Sciences     University of Bradford
  Archaeology (MRes)     University of Liverpool
  Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology     University College London
  Aegean Archaeology     University of Sheffield
  Archaeology of Medieval Europe     University of Reading
  Maritime Archaeology     Bournemouth University
  Archaeology     University of Manchester
  History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia     SOAS, University of London
  Archaeology     University of Liverpool
  Roman Frontier Studies     Newcastle University
  Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology     University College London
  History of Art and/or Archaeology     SOAS, University of London
  Mesolithic Studies     University of York
  Archaeological Science (MSc)     University of Oxford
  Conservation for Archaeology and Museums     University College London
  Human Osteology and Funerary Studies     University of Winchester
  Comparative Art and Archaeology     University College London
  Archaeology (Doctoral Research)     Newcastle University
  Materials, Anthropology and Design     University College London
  Medieval Archaeology     University of York
  Archaeology (MA)     Newcastle University
  Archaeological Landscapes     University of Worcester
  Forensic Osteology and Field Recovery Methods     University of Kent
  ...     ...
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