The MA/MSc in Archaeological Research degree programmes are designed for students who wish to prepare themselves for research in any aspect of archaeology within the Department's areas of interest.
The programmes can act as a preliminary training year if you intend to proceed to doctoral studies, and will appeal especially if your chosen field requires specific or concentrated teaching unavailable through other taught Master courses.
The degree is also suitable if you can spend only one year in postgraduate research, for example you are already employed within the profession and wish to enhance your academic qualifications in a specific area.
The programmes are under the overall direction of a Director of Studies:
You will be allocated a main supervisor, drawn appropriately from the academic staff of the Department. You will also have a thesis advisory panel, consisting of the Director of Studies, your main supervisor and one other member of staff. They will guide your choice of options, language (where relevant) and research topics.
For information on our staff, research activities and interests, including a statement of research policy, and a list of some suggested research topics see the departmental staff profiles and the research pages.
There is a wide range of facilities for students undertaking an Archaeology Masters programme. These include:
Over the autumn and spring terms you will take:
In the summer you will carry out research for your dissertation and give an Assessed Lecture on your dissertation topic.
Students studying for the MA should also choose:
- two research skills modules (5 credits each) (one in each of both autumn and spring terms for 4 weeks each, or both in the same term if necessary)
- a Language module (10 credits): EITHER a modern language taught by the Language Teaching Centre, Language for All programme, weekly throughout the Autumn, Spring and first half of the Summer Term (levels 1-5 are available in a range of modern languages, including, for example, French, German, Italian) OR Medieval Latin, or Old English, or Old Norse, taught by the Centre for Medieval Studies weekly throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms.
Students studying for the MSc should also choose:
- four research skills modules (5 credits each) (two in each of both autumn and spring terms for 4 weeks each).
- MA students: choose two from the following two lists of modules (one in each of both the autumn and spring terms for 4 weeks each, or both in the same term if necessary)
- MSc students: choose four from the following two lists of modules (two in each of both the autumn and spring terms for 4 weeks each)
We will try to give you your first choice of modules, but we can't guarantee it: some modules are compulsory for certain Masters programmes and they may be over-subscribed.
First, check our How to apply page, which explains what information the Department needs from you.
During my project, I studied burials from Herculaneum and gained experience of stable isotope and amino acid analysis as well as protein mass spectrometry