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Through sets of specialist modules, skills-oriented classes and workshops, and dissertation research the MA Archaeology 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.

Course modules

Core modules: Research and Study Skills in Social Archaeology (RSSSA), Practical Research and Study Skills (PRSS), Research Topics, Dissertation.

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). 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.

Sponsorship information

The Department participates in the Arts and Humanities Research Council Block Grant Partnership and has an annual award of research postgraduate studentships through this programme (three for 2011-12); the department has also had periodic studentships through the Natural Environment Research Council; department research students have also been funded by the university's own Durham Doctoral Scholarships or Faculty Interdisciplinary Scholarships; contributions towards the cost of fees can be provided through the Durham Academic Scholarships scheme; the department also has access to named studentships such as the Isabel Fleck Fellowship and the Haycock Studentship; these are generally restricted to supporting research in particular periods or regions of the world; funds for travel in connection with student research projects can be provided through the Rosemary Cramp Fund and Birley Bursaries.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 17,325 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 7,770 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 9,600 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,300 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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