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Full Time MA Degrees in History & Archaeology, Cardiff, United Kingdom

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In this interdisciplinary course, you will explore the history and archaeology of the Greek and Roman World. Read more
In this interdisciplinary course, you will explore the history and archaeology of the Greek and Roman World.

It is designed to develop your skills in interpreting literary, artistic and archaeological evidence from the ancient world, building on your first degree in Ancient History, Classics, Archaeology, or another relevant subject.

The course, which consists of taught modules and individual research, is designed to be flexible, enabling you to pursue your own interests whilst gaining a solid foundation of research skills.

It can serve as a basis for doctoral research, but it also provides transferable skills, which will be valuable for a career in any field.

Distinctive features

Strong interdisciplinary ethic.
Training in research methods and skills, including writing and public speaking.
The course allows you to pursue your special interests.
The possibility of a residential course at the British School in Athens or the British School in Rome (subject to admission by the appropriate British School).

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Enhance your understanding of Archaeology by region and period, through a combination of taught modules and individual research in this flexible programme. Read more
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 as follows:



European Neolithic

The Neolithic encompasses some of the most important transformations in prehistory: people settling down, adopting and developing agriculture and animal husbandry, taking on new forms of material culture, extending networks of exchange, establishing long-lived sites and building monuments. These new practices were not just the result of new technologies or subsistence economies; they were deep rearrangements of the ways in which people lived their lives and how they structured their communities. The Neolithic therefore sets a series of unanswered questions about origins and identity, what people believed about the world, their past and themselves, the nature of their relations with others, and the rate and kind of change over several millennia.

Prehistoric Britain

The Prehistoric Britain pathway is designed to introduce students to the prehistory of Britain through a detailed examination of the archaeological record from Shetland to Cornwall and Kent. Cardiff University has long been a centre for research into British Prehistory. In the past staff and students from Cardiff University were involved in the iconic excavation at Stonehenge and Silbury Hill. Current staff have been involved in excavations throughout the country including at Avebury, Maiden Castle, Cladh Hallan and Skara Brae and at Ham Hill in Somerset, the largest hillfort in Britain. Research themes in the recent past have included the chronology of early agricultural communities, the nature of monumentality in the first millennium BC, the domestic wild dichotomy and animal life ways and the spatial organisation of settlements.

Early Medieval Society and Culture

In Britain and Ireland, the period AD 400-1100 witnessed some of the deepest and most lasting changes in society and culture in post-Roman Europe. Through the study of settlement forms and patterns, mortuary remains, artefacts, art, literature and place-names, the MA Archaeology Early Medieval Society and Culture sets the foundations of modern society, cultures and identities in Britain and Ireland within their proper European contexts. The rich archaeological sources are ideally suited for many developing analytical techniques, as well as for multidisciplinary approaches.

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Discover the history, society and culture of the Greek and Roman world, through a combination of taught modules and individual research in this flexible programme. Read more
Discover the history, society and culture of the Greek and Roman world, through a combination of taught modules and individual research in this flexible programme.

Under the supervision of leading experts, you can pursue your own interests from Archaic Greece to Late Antiquity.

Distinctive features

Freedom to select optional modules tailored to your interests.

Additional opportunity to specialise :

Art and archaeology
Warfare
Late Antique and Byzantine worlds

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History at Cardiff offers a stimulating learning environment in which to expand your field of interest. Read more
History at Cardiff offers a stimulating learning environment in which to expand your field of interest.

As a postgraduate History student you will be able to develop a sophisticated understanding of themes or topics you find truly fascinating, in a flexible programme offering a broad chronological, geographical and thematic range.

You will gain a thorough grounding in research and historical theory, with a choice of modules spanning the medieval to the modern period.

Distinctive features

Flexible, geared to students’ interests.
Opportunity to work closely with a research mentor on specialist options.
Draws on a stimulating and supportive learning environment, with a wide range of chronological, geographical and thematic expertise.
Close links with interdisciplinary research groups, including the Centre for the Study of Medieval Society and Culture, the Centre for the Crusades, the Centre for Welsh American Studies, the Collaborative Interdisciplinary Study of Science, Medicine and the Imagination, and the Families, Identities and Gender Research Network.

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The MA in Welsh History enables you to explore wide-ranging topics and themes across early modern and modern Welsh History with experts passionate about their subject. Read more
The MA in Welsh History enables you to explore wide-ranging topics and themes across early modern and modern Welsh History with experts passionate about their subject.

We draw together a wide range of chronological, geographical and historiographic expertise to offer a challenging and flexible programme of study, with teaching and research tailored to your interests.

You will find the enthusiasm of our academics infectious, and our proximity to major archives and resources a real benefit.

Depending on your area of interest, you can choose English- or Welsh-medium supervision for your dissertation. Some modules are available in either language.

Distinctive features

Flexible, geared to your interests.
Opportunity to work closely with a research mentor on specialist options.
Draws on a stimulating and supportive learning environment, with a wide range of chronological, geographical and thematic expertise.
Close links with interdisciplinary research groups, including the Centre for Welsh American Studies and the Families, Identities and Gender Research Network.

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The MA Medieval British Studies programme will allow you to develop a broad knowledge of the medieval period in the British Isles in this interdisciplinary programme. Read more
The MA Medieval British Studies programme will allow you to develop a broad knowledge of the medieval period in the British Isles in this interdisciplinary programme.

Taught by medievalists active in the Centre for the Study of Medieval Society and Culture, you will discover fresh perspectives, building skills across medieval history, archaeology, English literature and Welsh.

We offer the flexibility to specialise to suit your interests and opportunities to evaluate a wide range of sources through newly-acquired skills such as palaeography and Medieval English or Latin.

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Examining military history in the Greek, Roman and Medieval worlds from a broad comparative perspective, this course enables you to explore themes across epochs, or focus on specific periods and topics of interest. Read more
Examining military history in the Greek, Roman and Medieval worlds from a broad comparative perspective, this course enables you to explore themes across epochs, or focus on specific periods and topics of interest.

The first of its kind in the UK, the interdisciplinary MA in Ancient and Medieval Warfare offers archaeological, historical and literary approaches to the subject.

The course consists of a flexible combination of taught modules and individual research, which enables you to specialise in a specific period if you wish, or, if you prefer, to study a particular theme across a wider timespan.

The course provides a solid foundation of research skills which can serve as a basis for doctoral research, but it also provides transferable skills, which will be valuable for a career in any field.

Distinctive features

Detailed concentration on the history and development of warfare in the Ancient and Medieval worlds
Literary, historical and archaeological approaches
Opportunities for interdisciplinary approaches

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Analyse Late Antiquity and the Byzantine empire, choosing to specialise in one sphere or explore both. This course is designed to provide you with the advanced knowledge, understanding and skills needed to carry out independent research into the history and culture of Late Antiquity and Byzantium. Read more
Analyse Late Antiquity and the Byzantine empire, choosing to specialise in one sphere or explore both.

This course is designed to provide you with the advanced knowledge, understanding and skills needed to carry out independent research into the history and culture of Late Antiquity and Byzantium.

Distinctive features

This course is designed to be flexible, enabling you to pursue your own interests whilst gaining a solid foundation of research skills.
Your experience will be enriched by our expertise across history, culture and religion, informed by the latest research of our Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture.

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The MA by Research in History is your opportunity to engage in independent study and research to produce a dissertation of 25,000 words. Read more
The MA by Research in History is your opportunity to engage in independent study and research to produce a dissertation of 25,000 words.

The MA by Research in History is your opportunity to to conduct in-depth research on a topic of your choice, relative to an area of staff expertise.

This piece of original research will be based on primary sources. You will demonstrate an awareness of the associated historiography and an understanding of the relevant methodological or theoretical concepts.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/296-ma-history-by-research

What you will study

Your research topic will be determined in consultation with a member of the History team. More details of the team’s research interests can be found on our History Research Unit pages: http://history.research.southwales.ac.uk/people/

Once you have found and consulted with a suitable member of the History team, you will be required to write a research proposal which will serve as your application for the course.

Learning and teaching methods

Once a research area has been identified and a research programme agreed, you can begin researching and writing your dissertation. You will determine its content, development and structure in regular consultation with your dissertation supervisor. You will produce a dissertation 25,000 words in length.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This qualification is an excellent basis for further research in history at MPhil and PhD levels. If you do not want to pursue further research, you will have gained the research skills needed for a range of careers in the arts, industry, the media, administration in the private and public sectors, or further education.

Assessment methods

The MA History by Research is assessed by a dissertation and a viva voce (oral examination). The dissertation should be 25,000 words in length.

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