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European Archaeology (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

Structured to provide you with the opportunity to study archaeology at an advanced level, this programme allows you to gain an in-depth understanding of the subject in a comparatively short time.

You’ll learn about the subject’s history and development, and explore its links with the historical, social and natural sciences. We’ll introduce you to contemporary theoretical approaches and allow you to gain experience in current methodologies and practice.

Importantly, your future in the field of archaeology will also be considered, by giving you the opportunity to draw on the diversity of our academic staff’s expertise in order to explore specific regions or themes that may be of interest to you at a doctoral level.

Programme structure

Your studies will combine lectures, seminars, practicals, essays, research projects and one-to-one meetings covering all areas of archaeology. You will complete six courses and conduct original research for a dissertation on a subject of your choice.

You will take one compulsory course in Research Sources and Strategies in Archaeology.

You will choose five option courses from a list that includes:

Archaeological Illustration
Archaeology of Gender
Byzantine Archaeology
Conceptualising the Neolithic
Etruscan Italy, 1000–300 BC
From Foraging to Farming, the Beginnings of Agriculture in the Mediterranean and Europe
Gallia from the Third Century BC to Augustus
Human Evolution
Island Worlds: Prehistoric Societies in the Mediterranean Sea
Ritual and Monumentality in North-West Europe, 5500–2500 BC
The Scottish Lowlands: Archaeology and Landscape before the Normans

Learning outcomes

You will acquire:

a good understanding of the distinctive nature of archaeology and its contribution to a critical and informed understanding of the past
a good understanding of theoretical and methodological debates within archaeology
a familiarity with a number of important fieldwork studies
a broad knowledge of archaeological methods, techniques and practices in current use

Career opportunities

Archaeology graduates can follow a variety of career options. The programme equips you to go on to advanced study, and also provides a solid foundation for a career.

You will gain practical as well as academic experience, teamworking and analytical skills, and will be able to work in a variety of contexts.

Examples of career paths available to archaeology graduates (although some may require additional training) include: higher education, heritage management and agencies, commercial archaeology, environmental assessment, schools, tourist/travel industry, broadcasting and the police.

An archaeology degree does not, of course, restrict you to a career in archaeology. You may develop your own career pathway in unusual ways or branch into related fields, while maintaining a lifelong interest and involvement in archaeological work and research.

Visit the European Archaeology (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, is normally required, either in archaeology or in another related subject (such as anthropology), or in a group of subjects in which archaeology figures prominently.

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