University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Cultural Materials

Our MA in Cultural Materials consolidates Sheffield's two decades of successful postgraduate provision in Archaeological Materials, Materials Culture Studies and Experimental Archaeology. The course builds on existing opportunities in technological studies, materials analysis, material culture theory, and experimental archaeology, integrating them with added emphasis on the development of both academic and professional research frameworks. While maintaining a commitment to the demanding technical aspects of materials analysis, this MA foregrounds the need to embed scientific materials-based research within a theoretically aware humanities-based perspective. This programme has three streams: Material Culture Studies, Experimental Archaeology and Materials and Technological Analysis.

Entry requirements

MA: Minimum 2.1 Honours degree in archaeology, history or a related subject with professional experience in the field. Students whose 1st language is not English require an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules All streams: Ethnography in Archaeology; Reinventing Archaeology; Materialising Culture: Agents, Things and Social Processes; Dissertation* *Material Culture Studies stream choose between a fieldwork placement and a dissertation. Examples of optional modules Depending on which of the three streams you choose to study, these may include: Analysis of Inorganic Materials; Reconstructing Ancient Technologies: Ceramics, Metals or Vitreous Materials; Experimental Archaeology; Research Design: Planning, Execution and Presentation.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed on coursework assignments, dissertation or placement.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 - 12 Months
MA Part-time September 2018 - 24 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

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