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Archaeological Sciences (MSc)

Course Description

Designed to give graduates a systematic training in the application of modern scientific methods in archaeology, this course combines introductions to scientific principles and practices with a wide choice of specialist modules, including practical experience in the extensive suite of laboratories. The course provides the necessary practical, analytical and interpretative skills to apply a wide range of specialist approaches in archaeology.

Students normally follow one of three pathways. Within 'Archaeological Materials' there are opportunities to study archaeometallurgy, ceramics and lithics, in combination with analytical methods. 'Environmental Archaeology' focuses on subsistence and health through studies of animal bones, plant remains and biomarkers in human and non-human hard tissue. It also introduces environmental issues which impact on humans, including environmental change. 'Archaeological Geosciences' allows students to specialise in dating, site location and biomolecular studies of human remains and artefacts. The pathways are intended to guide students through appropriate modules; they are indicative rather than prescriptive and students may choose to take the optional modules offered in any combination.

The course aims to prepare students not only for research in archaeological science, but also to further career prospects in a wide variety of areas of mainstream archaeology. The course is well-suited both to students who wish to use it as a foundation from which to commence research or as vocational training to enhance employment prospects in archaeology.


Core modules:
The nature of matter; Maths and quantitative methods; Techniques and interpretation in instrumental analysis; Research skills; Dissertation (MSc)

Plus options from:
Archaeology of human remains; Metallurgy of ancient and historic metals; Palaeoeconomy; Site evaluation strategies; Archaeological conservation; Archaeometry; Human ecology; Soils and chemical prospection; Ceramics and lithics; Forensic taphonomy; Reconstructing past environments; Chemistry of human remains; Archaeological geophysics, Advanced archaeozoology; Funerary archaeology; Interdisciplinary research themes.

For enquiries please clearly state:

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

Visit the Archaeological Sciences (MSc) page on the University of Bradford website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Hannah Bosworth

2429.jpg I was fortunate to obtain an AHRC studentship due to the availability of several funding opportunities held by the University of Bradford's Archaeological Department. This allowed me the chance to return to an archaeological education after working in a non-archaeological field.

The MSc Archaeological Sciences course provided a flexible curriculum, which allowed me to select modules to further my knowledge in the areas that I wished to pursue.

The course was comprised of a variety of different teaching methods including lectures, seminars and practicals. I especially enjoyed the short and intense three day stable light isotope course that I found highly valuable in gaining the essential 'hands on' practical experience necessary to undertake a dissertation project in this subject area.

I thoroughly enjoyed the process of researching and writing the dissertation, which was an isotopic investigation into dietary and mobility patterns of the Iron Age human remains from Broxmouth Hillfort.

My dissertation project was also possible because of the department's connections with major current research projects. In addition, the staff were very supportive during both the taught modules and the process of the dissertation providing a valuable source of knowledge and expertise in their various fields.

I believe this to have been a highly valuable experience during which I learnt many interdisciplinary skills.


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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