Master of Archaeology
Find, dig and examine the treasures buried by time! Prepare for a career in this exciting field.

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
  Archaeology   comprehensive profile   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  Classics and Ancient Civilizations   comprehensive profile   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  Archaeology     Cardiff University
  Archaeology (MPhil)     University of Nottingham
  Professional Conservation     Cardiff University
  Archaeology     University of Liverpool
  Archaeology (MScR)     University of Edinburgh
  Research Methods for Archaeology     University College London
  Archaeological Science (MSc)     University of Oxford
  Palaeolithic Archaeology and Human Origins     University of Southampton
  Classics (Research)     King's College London
  Archaeological Science     University of Oxford
  Human Osteology and Funerary Studies     University of Winchester
  Palaeontology and Geobiology     University of Edinburgh
  Medieval Archaeology     University of Sheffield
  Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology     University College London
  Archaeology and Heritage Practice     University of Chester
  Urban Archaeology     University College London
  Materials, Anthropology and Design     University College London
  Aegean Archaeology     University of Sheffield
  Archaeology (Research)     University of Exeter
  Archaeology     University of Winchester
  Landscape Archaeology and Digital Heritage     University of Bradford
  Comparative Art and Archaeology     University College London
  Archaeological Research     University of Cambridge
  Archaeology     University of York
  Greek Archaeology     University of Birmingham
  Archaeological Science     Durham University
  Archaeology of Buildings     University of York
  Archaeology     Durham University
  Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation     University of Bradford
  Vertebrate Palaeontology     University of Southampton
  Archaeology (MRes)     University of Liverpool
  Archaeological Sciences     University of Bradford
  Archaeology (Bioarchaeology)     University of Reading
  Maritime Archaeology     University of Southampton
  Archaeology and Identity     University of Bradford
  Classical Archaeology     University of Oxford
  Conservation for Archaeology and Museums     University College London
  Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy     University of Sheffield
  ...     ...


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