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Masters degrees in History & Archaeology train students to uncover and understand the human past. They explore a range of records and physical materials in order to reconstruct past experiences and events and to examine their legacies in the present.
A range of specialisms are available, with programmes focussing on the history and archaeology of different periods or regions. Other degrees explore specific topics such as Military History, Social History or Intellectual History.
Taught courses tend to award an MA, though some MSc programmes are offered in technical branches of Archaeology. Research programmes are also available with the opportunity to carry out exciting archival- or field-work.
Masters degrees in History aren't just for budding historians – and a Masters in Archaeology won’t necessarily mean you belong in a museum.
Many History postgraduates go on to make professional use of their specialist period knowledge, as broadcasters, journalists or curators. Others draw on their degree more broadly. After all, understanding how the past informs the present is crucial to politics, law and international diplomacy.
Archaeology qualifications also develop a range of transferrable sills in addition to their obvious applications. You’ll be equipped for careers in a surprising number of fields ranging from heritage management to urban development and planning – after all, everything new is built on top of something older.
Finally, the technical skills gained within this discipline are highly transferable. Your programme will make you an expert in bringing together information from different sources and resources, analysing it effectively and presenting your findings clearly and coherently - skills that are as valuable in the boardroom as they are in the archive.
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This programme studies the ancient Greek and Roman worlds from the Iron Age to the late Roman and early Christian period through their material remains including sculpture, funerary art, topography and visual cultures. Read more
Ideas and patterns of thought always have been, and continue to be, subject to historical change. The ways in which they change, and the reasons why they do so, make for fascinating study. Read more
This programme will give you the opportunity to study specific periods and regions of classical civilisation, analyse the literary significance of texts, and develop your language skills in Greek and Latin. Read more
This programme will provide you with what you need to pursue advanced research in medieval history, and it will help you to expand your own research interests through small, seminar-based classes. Read more
The end of classical antiquity in the Mediterranean and the Middle East witnessed the formation of polities, institutions and ideologies which define and continue to influence our world to the present day. Read more
Learn to speak and write confidently about museums and curatorship, with a focus on photography, together with hands-on experience in a museum setting. Read more
This fascinating course examines many different aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds – their literature, history, philosophy, archaeology, languages and material culture – through a scholarly tradition that is both fast-moving and long-standing. Read more