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Course content

This specialist Master's degree in archaeological practice is designed specifically as training for the 1+3 funded PhD studentships in the ESRC Doctoral Training Programme. It provides you with the advanced conceptual, theoretical and practical skills to undertake archaeological research, from prehistory to the middle ages, and over considerable geographical breadth. The inclusion of the compulsory module in Quantitative Social Research provides you with the statistical skills needed for doctoral research.

Course structure

You take 2 compulsory modules, including either Introductory or Intermediate Quantitative Social Research (ESRC DTP students must take Intermediate Quantitative Social Research), choose 2 option modules, and research and write a dissertation.

Compulsory modules

Intermediate Quantitative Social Research
Introduction to Quantitative Social Research
Research Dissertation
Themes and Concepts in Archaeology
Indicative option modules
Archaeological Architecture
Between Words and Walls: Housing in the Graeco-Roman World
Fieldschool: Buried Humanities
Frameworks for Archaeology: Curatorial Archaeology in England
From temples to museums: post-classical encounters with classical antiquities
Material Worlds
The City of Rome: Ancient to Medieval
The Edge of Empire: The Archaeology of Roman Frontiers


Teaching includes classroom lectures and seminars, as well as practical sessions in laboratories, museums and in the field. Where appropriate, use is made of online resources, including our online learning environment, Moodle.


Each module is assessed by an essay of 5000-5500 words, except the module Intermediate Quantitative Social Research which is assessed by 50% coursework and 50% examination. You also research and write a dissertation of 15,000-16,000 words.

Visit the Archaeological Practice (Economic and Social Research) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!




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