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Masters degrees in Archaeology focus on uncovering, interpreting and preserving material human history. You could learn how to discover new sites and artefacts, or pursue new insights into famous objects and their stories. This subject often overlaps with areas of the Humanities such as History and Classics. However, some programs draw on advanced scientific techniques for excavating and identifying artefacts.
Popular postgraduate specialisms and related subjects include Cultural Archaeology, Archaeology of Buildings and Field Archaeology, as well as the Archaeology of specific regions, such Egypt or the Mediterranean.
Unsurprisingly, the specialist skills you acquire with an Archaeology Masters will equip you well for associated professional roles. These are more diverse than you might assume. For every archaeologist excavating materials on site there are several more planning excavations or analysing finds in museums or laboratories around the world.
Other job opportunities for postgraduate archaeologists can be found in associated areas such as museums and heritage industries. Don't forget that you'll also develop strong transferable skills in project management, critical thinking and analysis. All of these are valuable in a wide range of career paths.
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The Archaeology MA inspires you to think about the human past from a variety of thematic and analytical perspectives. Newcastle is surrounded by world-class prehistoric, Roman, medieval and post-medieval heritage.
The Archaeology MA. Cultural Archaeology pathway focuses on cultural interpretation in archaeology, both in relation to specific cultures/periods and current research themes.
Highly respected qualification in buildings archaeology. Established more than 15 years ago, this course is one of the longest-established and most respected buildings archaeology and buildings history programmes in the UK.
The MPhil in Archaeology allows students to gain a critical appreciation of archaeology, the human past, and its place in the modern world, as well as training in research and analytical skills and expertise in a chosen, specialist area.
The Archaeology MA. Landscape Archaeology pathway will allow you to develop a thorough knowledge of current investigative methods in landscape archaeology, and current approaches to the interpretation of human agency in past landscapes and their social and cultural construction.
This programme lets you explore the richness of European archaeology, a region that presents innumerable opportunities for archaeological research, through examination of a wide range of periods, geographical areas and themes.
Our collaborative programme, led by our department of Archaeology and department of Classics and Ancient History gives you advanced grounding in the main themes and methods in Roman Archaeology and is ideal preparation for a PhD on the subject.
The Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology MSc, run jointly by the Institute of Archaeology and UCL Anthropology, brings together the expertise of the two departments to provide graduate students with an integrated training in the biological and archaeological aspects of human evolutionary studies.
The History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS is taught from an alternative perspective to Eurocentric art history, challenging the categories often taken for granted in the study of other cultures, and so encouraging new approaches to look at the distinctions between archaeology and art history and historical past and present.
At the School of GeoSciences, we examine the interactions between the Earth’s geology, atmosphere, oceans and life, as well as considering our own role and impact on our planet.
The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is one of the great world centres for the study of the human past.
Since 1451 we have specialised in the arts and humanities, developing wide-ranging expertise and world-leading research. Whether you are looking for a change of direction, to build on your current knowledge and skills, or interested in an academic career, our programmes have been developed to meet the needs of your future employers.