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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
  Archaeological Science   comprehensive profile   Leiden University
  World Archaeology   comprehensive profile   Leiden University
  Archaeology   comprehensive profile   Leiden University
  Archaeology (Research)   comprehensive profile   Leiden University
  Medieval Archaeology     University of York
  Environmental Archaeology     University of Reading
  Archaeology     University of Oxford
  Archaeological Computing (GIS and Survey)     University of Southampton
  Master of Philosophy (School of Applied Sciences)     Bournemouth University
  Archaeology and Identity     University of Bradford
  Classical Archaeology     Birkbeck, University of London
  Classical Archaeology     University of Oxford
  Archaeology of the North     University of Aberdeen
  Conservation for Archaeology and Museums     University College London
  Archaeology     University of Manchester
  Mesolithic Studies     University of York
  Archaeological Science     University of Oxford
  Islamic Art and Archaeology (MSt)     University of Oxford
  Archaeology     University College London
  Archaeology     University of Edinburgh
  Medieval Archaeology     University of Sheffield
  Archaeology of Buildings     University of York
  Osteoarchaeology     University of Sheffield
  Landscape Archaeology and Digital Heritage     University of Bradford
  Archaeology - Landscape Archaeology     University of Birmingham
  Archaeology     University of Winchester
  Urban Archaeology     University College London
  Archaeology     University of Kent
  Archaeology (MScR)     University of Edinburgh
  Applied Landscape Archaeology     University of Oxford
  Archaeology of Medieval Europe     University of Reading
  Classics (Research)     King's College London
  Artefact Studies     University College London
  Archaeology     University of Cambridge
  Palaeoanthropology     University of Sheffield
  Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East     University College London
  Celtic Archaeology     Bangor University
  Human Osteoarchaeology     University of Edinburgh
  ...     ...
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