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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
comprehensive profile   Archaeology: European Archaeology   comprehensive profile   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
comprehensive profile   Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology   comprehensive profile   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
comprehensive profile   Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics   comprehensive profile   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  Classical Art and Archaeology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Archaeology   comprehensive profile   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  Geographical Information Science and Archaeology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Human Osteoarchaeology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Archaeology (MScR)   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Archaeology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Mediterranean Archaeology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  Klassische Archäologie   comprehensive profile   Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
  Palaeontology and Geobiology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  European Archaeology   comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
  History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia     SOAS, University of London
  Osteoarchaeology     University of Southampton
  Applied Landscape Archaeology     University of Oxford
  Landscape Archaeology     University of Sheffield
  Medieval Archaeology     University of York
  Artefact Studies     University College London
  Archaeology     University of York
  Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc)     University College London
  Managing Archaeological Sites     University College London
  Medieval Archaeology     University of Sheffield
  Archaeology (Doctoral Research)     Newcastle University
  Human Osteology and Funerary Studies     University of Winchester
  Roman Frontier Studies     Newcastle University
  Master of Philosophy (School of Applied Sciences)     Bournemouth University
  Safety Critical Systems Engineering     University of York
  Archaeology     University of Sheffield
  Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East     University College London
  Archaeology and Heritage of Asia     University College London
  Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy     University of Sheffield
  Osteoarchaeology     University of Aberdeen
  Archaeological Information Systems     University of York
  Classics (Research)     King's College London
  Ancient History     University College London
  Archaeology (MRes)     University of Birmingham
  Archaeology     University of Kent
  Archaeology     University of Glasgow
  Vertebrate Palaeontology     University of Southampton
  ...     ...
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