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Archaeology

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 in the field.

Entry requirements

MA: Typically applicants will have: 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

Course modules

The MA in Archaeology is a 180 credit programme comprising: Two 15 credit modules in research and practical skills training in the first two terms (one per term) Two 30 credit specialist research topic modules in the first two terms (one per term) One 90 credit research dissertation of 20,000 words (developed in term 3 and summer) You can take a 20 credit language module from the Centre for Foreign Language Study in lieu of the practical skills module. There is also the option of substituting a specialist research topic module with another MA module on offer in the department, and in some instances one offered by another department in the University. See below of other modules offered in the department. Part-time students are expected to complete the course in 2 years. Typically part-time students complete the two 15 credit and two 30 credit modules in the first year and the dissertation in the second year. Module Details Research and Study Skills in Social Archaeology (RSSSA) - 15 credits Practical Research and Study Skills (PRSS) - 15 credits This module runs in term 2, where you will select two topics from a range of options in hands-on 'Master Classes' led by professionals and academic experts, typically taught through short blocks of workshops. Recent options have included: GIS Geophysics Access analysis Ceramics analysis Ceramic materials analysis Glass finds analysis Numismatics Museum artefact cataloguing As noted above, it is possible to substitute PRSS with a 20 credit language module from the Centre for Foreign Language Study. Research Topics - 30 credits You will choose two modules relevant to your strand, although in consultation with your academic advisor you can opt for a non-strand-specific choice that allows you to branch out and try new things. It is possible, as noted above, to substitute one of the Research Topic modules for another MA module run by the department, or one run by multiple departments.

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). 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
MA Full-time October 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,400 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,400 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,400 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years

Campus details

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Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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