Master of Archaeology
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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.

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Overview of postgraduate programmes:

    study programmes     universities
  Mediterranean Archaeology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Human Osteoarchaeology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Classical Art and Archaeology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Palaeontology and Geobiology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Archaeology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Archaeology (MScR)   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  European Archaeology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Archaeology (MPhil)     University of Liverpool
  Public Archaeology     University College London
  Archaeology     University of York
  Archaeology     University College London
  Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Materials     University College London
  Archaeology (MA)     Newcastle University
  Archaeology (Research)     University of Worcester
  Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology     Cranfield University
  Art & Archaeology     SOAS, University of London
  Palaeoanthropology     University of Sheffield
  Safety Critical Systems Engineering     University of York
  Islamic Art and Archaeology (MSt)     University of Oxford
  Funerary Archaeology     University of York
  Cultural Heritage Studies     University College London
  Archaeological Science (MSc)     University of Oxford
  Archaeological Sciences     University of Bradford
  Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology     University College London
  Classical Archaeology     University of Oxford
  Marine Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical Options)     University College London
  Archaeology     Durham University
  Archaeological Science     University of Nottingham
  Archaeology     University of Winchester
  Bioarchaeology     University of York
  Archaeology     University of Oxford
  Antiquity: Classical Archaeology     University of Birmingham
  Archaeology (Res)     University of Reading
  GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology     University College London
  Archaeological Practice     Birkbeck, University of London
  Archaeological Science     University of Oxford
  Archaeology (Doctoral Research)     Newcastle University
  Archaeology and Heritage of Asia     University College London
  Mediterranean Archaeology     University College London
  Human Bioarchaeology     University of Winchester
  ...     ...

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