The area surrounding the Mediterranean presents innumerable opportunities for archaeological research. This programme allows you to explore the rich history of this region at an advanced level through examination of a wide range of periods, geographical areas and themes.
Through a series of tailored and flexible courses you’ll develop an understanding of specific regions and periods, current theories, methodologies and major research issues, all of which will provide the basis of PhD study, or a solid foundation for future participation in excavation, survey and/or lab work.
You will complete six courses over the course of the programme, which culminates in the production of your independently researched dissertation.
You will take a compulsory course in Research Sources and Strategies in Archaeology.
You will choose five option courses from a list that may include:
Archaeological Illustration Archaeology of Gender Bronze Age Civilisations of the Near East and Greece Byzantine Archaeology: The Archaeology of the Byzantine Empire and its Neighbours AD 500–850 Constantinople and the Cities of Asia Minor Early Farmers of Cyprus and the Near East 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 Greek Vase Painting Hellenistic Art and Archaeology Human Evolution The Hittites: the Archaeology of an Ancient Near Eastern Civilisation Island Worlds: Prehistoric Societies in the Mediterranean Sea Late Antique Visual Culture Roman Archaeology Roman Funerary Art Roman Imperial Monuments The Hellenistic City
You may also be given permission to choose an added course from any of the non-archaeology taught masters programmes that relate to your study
The programme will help you develop potential research interests and explore these with a view to progressing to research. You will also acquire a range of transferable intellectual and practical skills, including:
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 familiarity with a number of important fieldwork studies a broad knowledge of archaeological methods, techniques and practices in current use
The programme equips you to go on to advanced study, and also provides a solid foundation for a career. You will acquire practical as well as academic experience in your training and will be able to work in a variety of contexts.
Examples of career options for archaeology graduates (although some may require additional training) include working within universities, heritage management and agencies, commercial archaeology, environmental assessment work, schools, the tourist/travel industry, broadcasting, and the police force.
A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent (View Website), either in archaeology or in another related subject (such as anthropology), or in a group of subjects in which archaeology figures prominently.
Recipient: University of Edinburgh
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