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Master of Archaeology

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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
  Archaeological Research     University of Cambridge
  Landscape Archaeology     University of Sheffield
  Archaeology     University of Aberdeen
  Antiquity: Classical Archaeology     University of Birmingham
  Archaeology (Doctoral Research)     Newcastle University
  Classical Archaeology     University of Oxford
  Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology     University College London
  Archaeology (MPhil)     University of Nottingham
  Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology     University College London
  Classical Archaeology     Birkbeck, University of London
  Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East     University College London
  Archaeology     University of Glasgow
  Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation     University of Bradford
  Islamic Art and Archaeology     University of Oxford
  Principles of Conservation     University College London
  Roman Frontier Studies     Newcastle University
  Materials, Anthropology and Design     University College London
  Palaeopathology     Durham University
  Archaeological Information Systems     University of York
  Environmental Archaeology     University of Reading
  Safety Critical Systems Engineering     University of York
  Classics (Research)     King's College London
  Archaeology (Res)     University of Reading
  Maritime Archaeology     Bournemouth University
  Archaeology (MRes)     University of Birmingham
  Forensic Archaeology     Bournemouth University
  Medieval Archaeology     University of Sheffield
  Archaeology (MRes)     University of Liverpool
  History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia     SOAS, University of London
  Public Archaeology     University College London
  Archaeology     Durham University
  History of Art and/or Archaeology     SOAS, University of London
  Archaeology     University of Chester
  Mediterranean Archaeology     University College London
  Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc)     University College London
  Palaeoanthropology     University of Sheffield
  Medieval Archaeology     University of York
  Archaeology and Heritage of Asia     University College London
  Archaeology     Durham University
  Archaeology     University of Nottingham
  ...     ...


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