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Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Archaeology Of Specific Periods / Ages

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This Master's degree in classical archaeology allows you to undertake advanced study of the archaeology, history and cultural legacies of Ancient Greece and Rome. You will explore classical culture within the broader context of the ancient Mediterranean world and you will learn how to use material culture to better understand ancient societies. The course will also give you the key archaeological skills you need to retrieve and evaluate material evidence. You will learn in a culture of active research, with teaching and supervision from world-leading academics working at the cutting-edge in their fields.

The course starts with an exploration of the broad themes of classical archaeology, including methodologies and interpretative approaches to the material past. While grounding you in the key theoretical approaches, the degree will also develop your practical skills, with an optional fieldwork module that covers major techniques and approaches to excavation. Another focus is on contemporary debates about the reception and interpretation of classical history and culture, particularly the meanings that have been attached to antiquities, which is a particular research strength in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology.

You will develop the research skills and knowledge you need to research and write a dissertation on the subject that particularly interests you, under the supervision of one of our academic experts. If you wish, you can go on to pursue archaeological research at MPhil/PhD level or professionally and independently.

This course is ideal for anybody fascinated by the archaeology and history of the classical past and it could help you prepare for a career in archaeology, museology, heritage management, education and conservation.

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates go on to careers as archaeologists or in related fields such as in museums or galleries, building conservation or education.

Modules

In this course we introduce you to the major techniques, principal bodies of evidence, research themes and concepts deployed in the discipline in order to develop a critical understanding of how contemporary archaeologists conduct archaeological research and communicate its results in texts, pictures and museum displays. We will address the perceived divide between theory and practice in archaeological fieldwork and cultural resource management. We aim to produce a new kind of archaeologist, who is theoretically aware whilst grounded in the craft of archaeology. In so doing, we will develop your capacity for interdisciplinary and innovative research in the field, based on a more critical and integrated study of landscape, architecture, and material culture. Context, and an engagement with its material and historical conditions, is crucial to this evidence-based training.
Research Dissertation (60 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£8,640

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£15,720

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: We offer a one-year Graduate Certificate in History, which can be used as a conversion course if you want to study at postgraduate level, but have a degree in a significantly different discipline. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

University information

With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning. Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research student with a...more