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Archaeology (MA)

Course Description


The MA Archaeology programme was designed to engage students in prehistoric archaeology within primarily a European context.
Throughout our history there has been a drive to innovate, which is exemplified by the research and teaching of the School today.
We now deliver a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, taught and supported by dedicated academic, technical and clerical staff.


The MA in Archaeology is designed to give systematic training in prehistoric archaeology. The programme combines archaeological theory, principles and practice across a broad sweep of European prehistory. The programme provides the necessary interpretive
skills to apply a wide range of approaches in archaeology.

There is a wide range of module choice and you can either pursue a number of different areas, to give an overview of archaeology, or specialise in a particular area, for example biomolecular archaeology, landscape studies, materials analysis or chronology. A key feature of the programme is the in-depth specialist training, including hands-on experience using state-of-the-art analytical instruments, taught by active researchers working across archaeology.

The course aims to prepare you for research in archaeology, but it is also well suited for students who wish to use it as a foundation for commencing further research in archaeology or as vocational training to enhance employment and career advancement prospects.

The course is a combination of learning experiences with skills and knowledge developed through lectures, seminars, practicals, and field classes, and a substantial individual research dissertation. The course structure is modular, composed of 180 credits in total. The taught components (constituting 120 credits in total) run over two semesters (September to January, then late January to May). The
research project takes place between May and September.


- The Vikings in the North Atlantic
- From Stone to Bronze: Britain and Ireland 3000-1000BC
- Hunter-Gatherers
- Celtic Europe
- Advanced Theoretical Archaeology
- Funerary Archaeology
- Research Skills
- Dissertation

For enquiries please clearly state:

Subject of bachelor degree
Year of entry e.g. September 2016

Visit the Archaeology (MA) page on the University of Bradford website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Mike Copper

2427.jpg I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bradford and have found the experience both challenging and stimulating.

The modules were varied and the assessed work, following on from themes developed in the subsequent seminars, was flexible enough to allow me to follow my particular interests within each topic.

Members of staff were always supportive and helpful and took an active interest in my progress. In addition, the department's programme of visiting lecturers provided the opportunity to hear experts from outside the university discussing the latest research in their fields, and the friendly and relaxed environment within the department itself meant that I could always find someone with whom I could discuss any issues of concern.

Staff interests range widely and, while the department has a well-deserved reputation for archaeological science, I was able to develop my own interests in prehistoric culture, social change and the European Neolithic.

As a mature student returning to academic life for the first time in a number of years I never felt out of place at Bradford and very quickly found my feet again. Indeed, I feel that my professional experience provided with a number of advantages when it came to managing my work that stood me in good stead over the past year.

I am now hoping to study for a PhD, building upon interests developed during the past year. I am very pleased that I chose Bradford for my Masters year and would thoroughly recommend the department to prospective postgraduate students.


Country Specific Scholarships 2016 - 20+ Awards

All students from one of the World Bank countries will be entitled to a £2,000 fee scholarships as a fee reduction for meeting or exceeding the entry criteria.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Self-funding international students (not EU) who are nationals of countries that are defined by the World Bank as having low-income or low to middle income economies.

Application Procedure

These are automatically processed by us and no separate application is required.

Further Information



International Academic Excellence Scholarships 2016 - 20+ Awards

Although you may apply for more than one scholarship, you can only receive one scholarship from the University. The exception is that you can still receive the 15% Alumni discount and this scholarship. Students must be paying their own fees. Students in receipt of external funding e.g. chevening scholarships are not entitled to this award.Country equivalent of 2:1 at degree-level will result in a £2,500 fee scholarship
Country equivalent of first-class Honours at degree-level will result in a £3,500 fee scholarship

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £3,500


Students from all other countries excluding EU countries and China will be automatically assessed for academic-related fee scholarships worth £2,500 or £3,500, based on your entry qualifications.Students entitled to the £3,500 fee scholarship can apply for one of our Half-Fee Academic Excellence Scholarships (see below).

Application Procedure

These scholarships are automatically processed by the University and no separate application is required. The amount of scholarship that you are entitled to will be shown on your offer letter.

Further Information



Academic Excellence Scholarships Home/EU Students 2016 - 10 Awards

Available for all full-time taught MSc and MA courses at the University of Bradford.The scholarship is given as a fee reduction. The award is valid for one year only.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Self-funding students paying Home/EU feesStudents must achieve at least a first-class Honours in their undergraduate studies, or the European equivalent.

Application Procedure

Please contact [email protected]

Further Information



Postgraduate Bursary 2016 - 20+ Awards

ELIGIBILITYIn order to apply for this bursary you must:Be from the UK or EU (if you are from the EU you must have done your degree in England to qualify).
Be on a full-time taught masters or research postgraduate programme and paying your own fees.
Have recently graduated from your undergraduate degree programme.
Have received support (i.e. fee payment, not a loan) towards your fees from your Local Authority or the Student Loans Company in your final year of undergraduate study at your previous university – and be able to prove this with a financial support notification letter. You will also be eligible if you received a bursary during your undergraduate study.
Bursaries will be paid in March provided that you are still in attendance and progressing satisfactorily on your course.

Value of Scholarship(s)



See full details below

Application Procedure

After you have started your course, come to The Hub with your last financial support notification letter, or bursary letter, from your undergraduate study - you will be required to fill in a short application form. In each academic year you need to apply for your PG Bursary by 31 July.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:2 or above in a relevant discipline

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