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Bioarchaeology

The MA in Bioarchaeology can be studied on a full-time and part-time basis. Through sets of specialist modules, skills-oriented classes and workshops, and dissertation research it provides the opportunity to advance your skills and knowledge in archaeology with a view to progressing to doctoral level research, or to pick up vital transferable skills ready for working in commercial archaeology or in the wider employment market. A unique feature of our MA is the provision of specialist strands within which you will study, allowing you to gain breadth and depth in your understanding of particular periods, areas and topics. The current strands are: - Prehistory - Egypt / Ancient India / Near East (EAINE) - The Classical World - Medieval and Post Medieval Archaeology By the end of this course, you will have had a chance to engage in advanced collection, management and analysis of archaeological data and materials; to develop a sound understanding of current archaeological approaches, concepts and practice; and to acquire specialist skills and knowledge related to their strand from our team of leading experts.

Entry requirements

MSc: A degree in archaeology or a related subject entailing experience in historical, material culture and/or visual culture (e.g. Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Art History and Theory, History, Classics, Oriental Studies), with 2.1 honours or higher for UK degrees, or international equivalent (please consult the department on international equivalents). For mature students, relevant employment experience or other qualifications (again, you are welcome to consult with the department on this). Applicants are requested to indicate their interest in the strand they wish to follow in the personal statement of their application. Prior knowledge of strand-specific areas is not mandatory, but an ability to prove previous interest or experience in the strand area would be an advantage for your application. Two satisfactory references are required.

Assessment methods

You have the opportunity to do one or two formative essays or practical projects in preparation for summative (assessed) work. Typically you will submit around three to four pieces of summative work per term (essays of c. 3,000 words; practical projects such as photographic portfolios or posters). You will also engage with academic issues, archaeological datasets and their interpretation, which are at the forefront of archaeological research. The dissertation is regarded as the capstone of the taught course and as an indicator of advanced research potential, which could be developed further in a professional or academic field. Under the supervision of a member of academic staff, with whom you will typically have up to ten one-to-one supervisory meetings, you will undertake independent, detailed study of a particular theme, area or research problem, and produce a substantial piece of academic written work of around 20,000 words.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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