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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. Cultural Archaeology pathway focuses on cultural interpretation in archaeology, both in relation to specific cultures/periods and current research themes. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
This MA is unique in the UK in providing such a comprehensive overview of Asian archaeology and cultural heritage. The UCL Institute of Archaeology is one of the few places in the world with the expertise to deliver such a programme, encompassing not only India and China, but also, East, South–East, and Central Asia. Read more
The MPhil in Archaeology adds a student-led research project onto the MSt year. It is ideal if you are thinking of carrying on to doctoral research and wish to acquire higher levels of research skills and/or complete a medium-sized individual research project before embarking on doctoral study. Read more
*Subject to validation. This MSc in Historical Archaeology explores the period from c.1500 to 2000 and offers an exciting research-informed programme that critically considers contemporary issues, challenges and developments. Read more