Durham University

Durham University

Archaeological Science

The MSc in Archaeological Science is designed to provide a broad theoretical and practical understanding of current issues and the techniques archaeologists use to investigate the human past. Its purpose is to provide a pathway for archaeologists or graduates of other scientific disciplines to either professional posts or doctoral research in archaeological science. It focuses particularly on the organic remains of humans, animals and plants which is a rapidly developing and exciting field of archaeometry. Major global themes such as animal and plant domestication and human migration and diet will be explored integrating evidence from a range of sub-disciplines in environmental and biomolecular archaeology. Students taking this course will study and work in a range of environmental, DNA, isotope and dating laboratories alongside expert academic staff.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold, or expect to be awarded, a 2:1 Honours degree in the social or natural sciences or an international equivalent, such as a GPA of 3.3 or above.

Course modules

Course Structure
The course consists of four taught modules of 30 credits each and a 60 credit research dissertation. You will study two core modules in Term 1 and two elective modules in Term1/2 followed by a research dissertation.

Core Modules:
Research and Study Skills in Archaeological Science
Topics in Archaeological Science
Research Dissertation.
Optional Modules:
In previous years, optional modules available included:

Themes in Palaeopathology.
Plants and People.
Animals and People.
Chronometry.
Isotope and Molecular Archaeology.
Practical Guided Study.

Assessment methods

The programme will culminate in the production of a dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Archaeology
Telephone number: 
0191 334 1100