What makes us 'human'? How did early human societies work? How different were Neanderthals from ourselves and why did they die out? What was life like in the Ice Age? We debate these questions and many others within lively research environment as you build up your knowledge and experience of early prehistoric societies from 3 million to 5,000 years ago. The archaeology of human origins is a fascinating and dynamic area of research, with new evidence and theories changing our interpretations about who we are, and where we come from all the time.
Core modules in Early Prehistory and in the use of ethnographic evidence cover the archaeology and approaches to human origins, and we also get 'hands on' experience of museum collections at the York Museum, and visit Upper Palaeolithic rock art in our field trip to Creswell Crags.
This course provides a basis for further study through a PhD or as Masters course leading to other careers. York has gained media attention recently for research into emotions in Neanderthals and earlier species, we also boast an internationally renowned group of staff within Archaeology and HYMS focused on early prehistoric archaeology and Human Evolution. The MSc in Early Prehistoric Archaeology offers you a wide range of opportunities to extend and deepen your understanding and research experience of the Early Prehistoric period.
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.
Whilst we endeavour to give everyone their first choice on modules, please note that this cannot always be guaranteed. Please be aware that certain skills modules are required by particular programmes, and so may be more over-subscribed than others. Please see the Full modules list for scheduling information on option and skills modules, as some run concurrently.
First, check our How to apply page, which explains what information the Department needs from you.
'This course forces us to search more deeply into our origins, into what it means to be human ... it has been to me the most inspiring part of my studies. Clearly, the staff's dedication and passion for these topics are highly contagious! Watch out!' Lucile Crété, postgraduate student