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MLitt - Master of Letters

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Course Summary

This course gives you an opportunity to learn the latest research skills in archaeology. This research programme will prepare you for doctoral study and an academic career in archaeology, or to enter a profession requiring high-level skills in literacy, research and project management.

The Archaeology MLitt is based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and covers a wide range of specialisms. Research supervision is available in the following periods and regions: Later Prehistory - Mesolithic/Neolithic transition in north-west Europe, Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of Britain and north-west Europe, Copper and Bronze Age in Italy and the Mediterranean, Iron Age/Roman transition; Classical Archaeology - Roman Britain, Roman Europe and Mediterranean, Roman urbanism, Greek and Byzantine archaeology, The Roman/medieval transition; Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology - Early medieval Britain and Europe, Byzantine archaeology; Medieval and post-medieval landscapes, Church archaeology, historic buildings, Post-medieval archaeology, colonialism, slavery; Bodies and Identity - Personhood and identity, The archaeology of the body and mortuary archaeology, Art and identity; Landscapes - Landscape archaeology, Ritual landscapes, Historic Landscape Characterisation; Material Culture - Ancient technology and economy, Ancient metallurgy, Artefact analysis and material culture studies.

You will be guided by a team of two supervisors. The primary supervisor will meet with you at least 10 times a year and the secondary supervisor will attend at least three of these meetings. You will undertake a Training Needs Analysis with your supervisory team at the start of your studies to identify any skills that require further development to enable you to conduct your research. You can attend certain BA and MA modules relevant to your research topic with the agreement of the module leader, although you will not complete the associated assignments. You will complete a number of detailed research assignments chosen according to your interests. Your dissertation will be a sustained piece of original research consisting of between 16,000-24,000 words.

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Full time | Newcastle University | 12 months | SEP

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Full time


12 months

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This module will cover two main areas. 1) It will introduce key theoretical and methodological questions in archaeology through a series of case-study seminars. Each seminar will be led by a member of archaeology staff and will develop advanced understanding of a particular theme. The themes will relate to the current research strands in Archaeology at Newcastle, and will refer to particular issues linked to each academic staff member’s own research. It will also deliver field training and subject specific skills.

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Entry requirements

Students should have a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant discipline, or international equivalent.

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has developed a presence in three similarly vibrant and globally-connected locations – London, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide both a global...more

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