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
  Palaeontology and Geobiology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Archaeology (MScR)   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Human Osteoarchaeology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Klassische Archäologie   comprehensive profile   Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
  Archaeology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  European Archaeology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Classical Art and Archaeology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Mediterranean Archaeology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Professional Conservation     Cardiff University
  Osteoarchaeology     Bournemouth University
  Archaeology     University of Liverpool
  Forensic Osteology and Field Recovery Methods     University of Kent
  Archaeology (Bioarchaeology)     University of Reading
  Comparative Art and Archaeology     University College London
  Classical Archaeology     University of Oxford
  Islamic Art and Archaeology     University of Oxford
  Greek Archaeology     University of Birmingham
  Medieval Archaeology     University of York
  Archaeology (Research)     University of Exeter
  Archaeological Computing (Virtual Pasts)     University of Southampton
  Archaeological Computing (GIS and Survey)     University of Southampton
  Archaeology     University of Manchester
  History of Art and/or Archaeology     SOAS, University of London
  Conservation for Archaeology and Museums     University College London
  Archaeology     Durham University
  Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East     University College London
  Environmental Archaeology     University College London
  Managing Archaeological Sites     University College London
  Artefact Studies     University College London
  Urban Archaeology     University College London
  Archaeology     University of Reading
  Archaeology and Identity     University of Bradford
  Archaeology (Doctoral Research)     Newcastle University
  Archaeology     University of Glasgow
  Applied Sciences by Research     Bournemouth University
  Roman History and Archaeology (Canterbury and Rome)     University of Kent
  Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology     University College London
  Master's by Research (School of Applied Sciences)     Bournemouth University
  Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc)     University College London
  Archaeology (Res)     University of Reading
  ...     ...

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