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This programme focuses on cultural interpretation in archaeology, both in relation to specific cultures/periods and current research themes.
There are opportunities to specialise in a range of subjects, including material culture studies, funerary archaeology, British and European prehistory, Greek and Roman archaeology, and thematic areas relevant to all periods and regions of archaeological study such as environment, landscape, material culture, death and burial, age and gender, warfare, ritual and religion, and archaeological theory and method.
It is an ideal foundation for doctoral research in all fields of cultural archaeology, as well as training in practical and research skills for careers in archaeology and heritage.
The course structure combines the advantages of training in
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We normally require a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) for the MA programme or a 2:2 degree (or equivalent) for the Diploma and Certificate programmes, in Archaeology or a related discipline.
What has been the highlight of your course?
“I have enjoyed most the social aspects of the course – discussions with fellow students of all age, the field trip to Avebury and a guest lecture of the student Archaeology society on Stonehenge. I have also enjoyed the compulsory elements of the course: learning about archaeological theory, material culture and funerary archaeology; as well as having flexibility to study areas of personal interest including the development of towns and coinage in the Iron Age; and I am choosing a dissertation topic to focus on the Beaker People in Britain”.
What have you learnt from your programme?
“I have learnt a lot about the necessary theoretical and methodological approaches to archaeology and how these have developed over time; as well as interpretations concerning material culture and prehistoric burials, including issues of gender, ethnicity, status and identity. This fits well with the practical archaeology that I continue to pursue outside of the MA programme.”
What is life like as a student at the University of Birmingham?
“Birmingham is an impressive modern University including an attractive new ‘green heart’ to the campus, which takes seriously student welfare and support (including paid placement opportunities) whilst supporting academic achievement. It has excellent facilities (the main library is second to none I have visited) and runs some extremely helpful workshops for students - including for example - academic writing skills courses aimed at those transitioning back to academia.”
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