University of Reading

University of Reading

Archaeology

Join a world-leading department of archaeology with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research as you take thematic and skills-based options that integrate social and scientific techniques for a deeper understanding of the past. The University of Reading is the eight-highest ranking UK university for Archaeology and ranked 31st in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2018. We provide a friendly, supportive community, and our staff have a strong reputation for being accessible and approachable. 97% of our research was judged to be of international standing in the latest Research Excellence Framework, 2014, which feeds directly into your learning. You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities including fully-equipped and dedicated laboratories for human skeletal remains and animal bone analysis, stable isotope analysis, microscopic suite (CAF) and an MA study room. Our analytical suite is extensive, allowing students to access a range of techniques for their research projects. You will gain an effective grounding in archaeological practice and research, with the opportunity to study a suite of modules from prehistory to the medieval period. Alternatively, you can opt to follow a specialised pathway in Medieval Europe. This pathway enables you to concentrate your studies on one of our specialised research areas through your dissertation and a themed "Issues and debates in medieval archaeology" module. Our assessments are varied, providing a mix of vocational and research opportunities, including: - skeletal and lab-based reports - in-class practical assessments - food diaries - poster and conference presentations - article critiques - essays - exams - seminar presentations. Class sizes are kept to a minimum but vary depending on the modules selected. Research in Archaeology is nurtured by world-class research clusters. These clusters provide an interdisciplinary environment for advancing social and scientific approaches to past communities and environments as well as issues of fundamental significance, including climate and environmental change, health, diet, social diversity and inclusivity, and cultural heritage. We benefit from excellent resources for both humanities-based and science-based archaeological research, and have strong research links and collaborations with departments across the University and external institutions. As part of your degree you can take an optional "Research and enterprise placement" module, during which you will be placed with a member of staff, or with a museum or archaeological unit such as the British Museum or Oxford Archaeology, to gain experience of working within an external commercial environment. **Careers** Our recent graduates have gone onto to further study through funded PhD projects, as well as finding employment in professional archaeology, museums, publishing, journalism, radio and television, the heritage and leisure industries, the fields of conservation including the natural and built environment, government office, and teaching. **Modules** - Material cultures and identities in the Roman Empire - Archaeology of money: coins, power and society - Human bioarchaeology - Food and culture - Climate change and human societies

Entry requirements

MA: First or good second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in archaeology, history, environmental studies or any related field. IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)

Course modules

* Material cultures and identities in the Roman Empire * Archaeology of money: coins, power and society * Human bioarchaeology * Food and culture * Climate change and human societies

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (England) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 16,045 per Whole course (International) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (Scotland) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (EU) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (Wales) 12 Months
MA Part-time September 2019 16,045 per Whole course (International) 24 Months
MA Part-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (EU) 24 Months
MA Part-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 24 Months
MA Part-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 24 Months
MA Part-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (England) 24 Months
MA Part-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (Wales) 24 Months
MA Part-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (Scotland) 24 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Reading RG6 6UR South East

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