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Masters degrees in Archaeological Science equip postgraduates with the skills to undertake scientific analysis of material remains from the past.
Related subjects and postgraduate specialisms include Bioarchaeology, Paleopathology and Forensic Archaeology along with branches of Cultural Anthropology. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Archaeology or Biology.
Courses in Archaeometry advance your skills in applying physical, chemical and biological techniques to aid scientific, archaeological and geoarchaeological investigations of historic objects and land areas.
This might include for example the processes for determining the age of human remains, or to decipher the structure of a fallen monument.
Practical training includes laboratory analysis, such as carbon dating, DNA sampling, and molecular techniques such as isotopic analysis. It also covers techniques in environmental surveying, such as GIS (geographical information systems), residue analysis and sensors.
A range of specialisations are available, with paleobiology, paleobotany and paleopathology being particularly popular. These disciplines examine issues such as biological evolution, and the relationship between animals and plants, and humans and food.
Careers may include laboratory research for institutions such as universities, government departments or agencies, as well as roles in conservation and public policy.
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The MSc Archaeological Science will provide you with a solid grounding in the theory and application of scientific principles and techniques within archaeology. Read more
The MSt in Archaeological Science is designed to give a broad but detailed grounding in the theory as well as practical experience in the major applications of science in archaeology, particularly for archaeologists who intend to pursue a career in archaeological project management or become policy makers in this area. Read more
The DPhil is examined only by thesis and there is no formal course of instruction. Instead, students develop their own topic under the guidance of their supervisors, who are experts in their field of research. Read more
The MSc by Research Archaeological Science programme is an exciting opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and understanding of specific areas of archaeological science by following a personalised, individual study pathway, in close collaboration with our staff. Read more
Often a stepping stone toward PhD studies, this course allows students considerable freedom in designing an independent course of study under the direction of a supervisor. Read more
UCL is a world-leading centre for research and teaching in the archaeology and cultural heritage of Egypt and the Middle East. The programme is ideally suited to students seeking to combine advanced study of these regions with new technical and interpretative skills, and offers an ideal grounding for doctoral research. Read more
Study at the frontiers of archaeological science. Like a handful of comparable courses, the York MSc in Bioarchaeology provides training in the advanced osteoarchaeological analysis of skeletal remains. Read more
The MA Archaeology is a flexible degree that prepares you for a career in research, the commercial sector or heritage management. Read more
Overview. This MSc programme concentrates on science-based archaeology and is ideal for people who want to become post-excavation or artefact specialists in the museum or commercial sectors. Read more