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Archaeology (Cultural Archaeology pathway) MA/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

The Archaeology MA: Cultural Archaeology pathway focuses on cultural interpretation in archaeology, both in relation to specific cultures/periods and current research themes, with opportunities to specialise in a range of subjects, including material culture studies, funerary archaeology, British and European prehistory, and Greek and Roman archaeology. It is an ideal foundation for doctoral research in all fields of cultural archaeology, as well as training in practical and research skills for careers in archaeology and heritage.

We offer the flexibility to upgrade from Certificate to Diploma level and from Diploma to Masters level during your programme as you develop your postgraduate studies.

Course content

You will study three core modules on archaeological theory and interpretation, material culture and funerary archaeology. In addition, MA and Diploma students will choose three optional modules from a wide range examining particular regions and periods from prehistory to the present day, as well as themes such as cultural landscapes and conflict archaeology.

Research training is provided for all postgraduate students, and MA students put this into practice by researching a topic of your own choice for a supervised 15,000 word dissertation.


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Archaeology (Cultural Archaeology pathway) MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

For the MA programme, we normally require a 2:1 degree, or equivalent, in a discipline relevant to the selected pathwayFor the PG Diploma and PG Certificate programmes, we normally require a 2:2 degree, or equivalent

Course Fees

MA: £6,570 (Home/EU), £14,850 (Overseas); PGDip: £4,380 (Home/EU), £14,850 (Overseas); PGCert: £2,190 (Home/EU), £7,425 (Overseas)

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