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
  Classics and Ancient Civilizations   comprehensive profile   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  Archaeology   comprehensive profile   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  Mesolithic Studies     University of York
  Archaeological Science (MSc)     University of Oxford
  Classics (Research)     King's College London
  Celtic Archaeology     Bangor University
  Archaeology     University of Cambridge
  Archaeology (MLitt)     Newcastle University
  Materials, Anthropology and Design     University College London
  Archaeological Science     University of Oxford
  Vertebrate Palaeontology     University of Southampton
  Managing Archaeological Sites     University College London
  Archaeology (Doctoral Research)     Newcastle University
  Archaeology     Durham University
  Archaeological Practice     Bournemouth University
  Master of Philosophy (School of Applied Sciences)     Bournemouth University
  Bioarchaeology     University of Exeter
  Aegean Archaeology     University of Sheffield
  Archaeological Information Systems     University of York
  Archaeology     University of Winchester
  Archaeology and Heritage Practice     University of Chester
  Palaeopathology     Durham University
  Bioarchaeology     University of York
  Zooarchaeology     University of York
  Comparative Art and Archaeology     University College London
  Archaeology     University of Kent
  Archaeology     University of Manchester
  Archaeology - Landscape Archaeology     University of Birmingham
  Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc)     University College London
  Osteoarchaeology     University of Aberdeen
  Islamic Art and Archaeology (MSt)     University of Oxford
  Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology     Cranfield University
  Conservation Practice     Cardiff University
  Maritime Archaeology     University of Southampton
  Archaeology     University of Exeter
  Archaeology (MA by Research)     University of Birmingham
  Archaeology (MRes)     University of Liverpool
  Archaeology     Cardiff University
  Archaeology of Buildings     University of York
  Classical Art & Archaeology     King's College London
  ...     ...


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