Our MA in Archaeology offers an excellent opportunity to explore current archaeology's many dimensions and themes, and provides ideal preparation for MPhil/PhD research and valuable training for a career in the archaeology and heritage sectors.
Why Study Archaeology with us?
Our course provides a thorough grounding in the current archaeological theory and methods, exploring a range of thematic optional modules in archaeology and heritage, leading to the completion of a 16,000-word Research Dissertation.
We offer supervision in a broad range of archaeological and heritage subjects and topics for Britain and neighbouring regions. Our areas of research expertise in Chester include:
- the history and theory of archaeology
- Mesolithic archaeology
- Iron Age and Roman Britain
- early medieval archaeology
- mortuary archaeology
- archaeologies of memory, materiality and material culture
- art and aesthetics
- stone sculpture
- literary heritage.
What will I learn?
You will begin the first term by studying one core 20-credit module that explores research skills for postgraduate study. You will then have the chance to take further optional 20-credit modules in archaeology, heritage or history, and an optional 40-credit Research Project that works to explore a particular issue or approach in archaeology or heritage. The degree culminates in an original Research Dissertation of 80 credits.
How will I be taught?
The principal methods of delivery will be a mixture of lectures, seminars, individual tutorials and field visits to archaeological and heritage sites.
The Research Project and Research Dissertation are taught through regular supervisory meetings, and the Programme Leader will also serve as your Personal Tutor.
Each module runs for 2.5 hours per week across an eight-week period. You will also undertake 35 hours per week of guided independent study.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment for the core and optional modules is via written work and other methods equivalent to approximately 4,000 words per 20-credit module. The Research Project is assessed by an 8,000-word report, while your Research Dissertation will be approximately 16,000 words in length.