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This new MA in Archaeology and Identity at the University of Bradford combines theoretical archaeological interpretation with cutting-edge scientific archaeology.

Drawing on the skeletal collections and world-leading expertise at the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences, the MA explores social interpretation of remains.

Learners will have opportunities to explore a range of archaeological periods and regions, as well as focusing on evidence from mortuary archaeology. Modules will also enable the study of artefacts, exploring biographies of objects along with material properties.

The programme will equip you to critically-engage with a diverse range of material, as well as explore the sociopolicitical contexts of interpretations of the past and the role of the past in the present.

What you will study

The proposed curriculum comprises period and theme modules, and the programme content is based on key research areas in the School of Archaeology and Forensic Sciences, from the Palaeolithic to the Neolithic and the metal ages (Hunter-Gatherers, Stone to Bronze, Vikings, Celtic Europe), underpinned by in-depth considerations of theoretical issues (Advanced Theoretical Archaeology) and complemented by exploring the meaning of burial evidence through time (Grave Concerns).

Two new modules explore concepts of identity, and the interpretation of skeletal remains. These will draw on the University of Bradford’s world-leading research and resources in this area.

A module on professional development prepares you for your research project and develops your professional skills, including planning of research, research design, research ethics, time keeping, and health and safety. The final element of the programme is a 15,000-word dissertation.

It is expected that students who successfully complete the entire programme will be fully prepared to undertake research at MPhil or PhD level.

Learning and assessment

Teaching and learning is delviered through a mix of lectures, seminar and field trips.

Assessment varies by module, ranging from essays and presentations to blogs and reflective diaries. 


The MA in Archaeology and Identity builds on research undertaken at the University of Bradford, using our wide range of specialist facilities and collections.

Our facilities include one of the largest skeletal collections in the country, dating from the Neolithic to the 19th century, as well as facilities for image analysis, materials investigations, and botanical and faunal analyses.

While the majority of teaching is campus-based, field trips investigate the role of the past in contemporary society.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Our graduates go on to fill top jobs in archaeology, as well as entering in to a whole range of other positions, utilising their transferable skills.

Study support

A comprehensive support network is here for you to ensure you reach your academic potential and go on to further success in the future.

You’ll benefit from a range of support services, including:

  • personal academic tutor
  • student support / administration team
  • Academic Skills Advice service
  • Career and Employability Services
  • award-winning Disability Service
  • well stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities


Archaeology engages the entire human past in all its temporal and spatial dimensions. It is fundamental to our understanding of how we evolved and our communities developed, and how we study, preserve and interpret our past.

At Bradford, our distinctive approach emphasises the integration of the natural and physical sciences, providing excellence in a comprehensive range of archaeological topics, with emphasis on both teaching and research, believing the two activities to be mutually dependent.

Visit the Archaeology and Identity page on the University of Bradford website for more details!





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