Enhance your understanding of Archaeology by region and period, through a combination of taught modules and individual research in this flexible programme.
Renowned for our particular expertise in the British Isles, Europe and the Mediterranean area, our experts teach from the Neolithic through to the Celtic, Roman and Viking periods.
You will be able to critically assess the work of others and of your own, to engage effectively in debate at an advanced level, to plan, design and carry out a coherent research strategy, and to produce detailed and coherent reports and presentations. The wide-range of transferable skills acquired are a particular strength for the pursuit of careers outside of archaeology and the heritage sector.
In addition to our general MA Archaeology programme we offer three pathways to shape your studies. You can choose the pathway that best suits you. The pathway you choose will determine the modules you go on to study.
The three pathways are:
• European Neolithic
• Prehistoric Britain
• Early Medieval Society and Culture
This course can be completed in one year with full-time study or in 3 years by part-time study.
You will take two core modules (40 credits) and four optional modules (80 credits). The options you take will depend on the pathway you choose.
On successful completion of the taught course element you will go on to complete your dissertation (60 credits). This takes the form of an individual research project, resulting in a dissertation of around 20,000 words.
Postgraduate Skills in Archaeology and Conservation
Skills and Methods for Postgraduate Study
MA Archaeology Dissertation
For a list of the optional modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/archaeology-ma
For a list of the optional modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/archaeology-ma-part-time
You will be taught through a mix of seminars, lectures, tutorials and practicals in the archaeology laboratories.
As part of the programme, you will deliver presentations to your fellow MA students within our supportive community.
Taught stage assessment is via essays, presentation and coursework.
On successful completion of the taught elements of the programme you progress to a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a topic or theme of your choice (subject to the approval of your supervisor).
This self-regulated year of study is ideal preparation for progression to PhD.
Graduates of this and similar degree programmes have embarked on careers in a range of professions from academia, the heritage sector, journalism and law to media research (media, commercial, academic), teaching and publishing. A significant number choose to continue studies at PhD level.
Recent destinations include: CADW, Church in Wales, Council for British Archaeology, Glamorgan Archives, Heritage Lottery Fund, National Trust, Tate Gallery, Welsh Assembly Government and a range of universities in the UK and overseas.
Applicants should normally possess a higher education degree with a first or good upper second class Honours (UK), or a qualification recognised by the University as equivalent to this. Applicants whose first language is not English will normally be expected to obtain a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall.