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  Archaeological Science: Technology and Materials MSc

University College London    Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time
History & Archaeology (19) Materials Science (24)

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Unleash your passion for archaeology with the Archaeological Science: Technology and Materials MSc at UCL. This cutting-edge programme seamlessly blends materials science and archaeology, equipping you with the skills to conduct groundbreaking research in the field. Delve into critical concepts of both disciplines and master major instrumental techniques such as optical microscopy, SEM-EDS, and XRD. The degree culminates in independent materials characterisation studies, preparing you for a successful career in academia, museum science, or commercial archaeology. With outstanding laboratory facilities and access to a vast array of analytical approaches, including geochemistry and metallography, you will receive unparalleled hands-on experience under the guidance of world-renowned archaeomaterials specialists. The programme's unique combination of research and transferable skills, coupled with extensive networking opportunities, ensures that graduates emerge as versatile professionals ready to make a mark in the archaeological world. Entry requires a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, setting the stage for a transformative academic journey.

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Scientific analysis plays an important role in the study of archaeological materials. This MSc integrates teaching in materials science and the archaeology of technology with practical training in the instrumental analysis of archaeological and heritage objects. Students design and implement materials characterisation projects that address key archaeological questions, while developing transferable skills in project management and data analysis.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.


UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Full-time: £15,100
Part-time: £7,550

Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
Full-time: £31,100
Part-time: £15,550

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