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Full time | University of Aberdeen | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

12 months

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Archaeology Of Specific Kinds Bioarchaeology

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This programme uses the unique archaeological collections of the University of Aberdeen, combined with state-of-the-art bioarchaeological approaches and techniques, to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills to analyse human skeletons from archaeological contexts.

The University of Aberdeen’s Marischal Museum holds thousands of human skeletons from research and rescue excavations. Located in the iconic Marischal College building, in the heart of the city of Aberdeen, this collection includes extensive archaeological human skeletal collections, from Neolithic to Medieval and post-Medieval remains. In particular the collection has a rich assemblage of material from the major medieval towns of Aberdeen, Perth, and St Andrews, as well as prehistoric material from Neolithic and Bronze Age periods. There is also some international material from Egypt, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu.

These collections provide unparalleled research and teaching opportunities for students at the University of Aberdeen. As part of the programme, students will actively work on these collections and where possible publish the results as part of student/staff projects.

This new programme in the developing field of Osteoarchaeology and Palaeopathology (the study of human remains) will provide the knowledge and practical skills to unlock the rich stories of the human past, equipping students with the knowledge to understand some of the major trends in the development of human lifeways and societies.

An Archaeology degree can be the gateway to many other professions, and the training in analytical and communication skills acquired by our graduates make them employable in a wide variety of fields including industry, commerce and research.

The broad-based nature of the discipline enables graduates to compete strongly in the employment market place. Today Archaeologists in the UK work in an increasingly wide range of professions. A significant percentage of graduates are employed in private or university-based archaeological units and consultancies. These professionals are responsible for mitigating the impact to archaeological sites in relation to different forms of development. Typically, such posts involve a good deal of fieldwork and the production of high quality scientific reports.

Others graduates go on to research, teaching and curatorial posts in universities, museums and private institutions and work in a range of areas from interpreting ancient environments to communicating archaeology to the public. In addition to more traditional occupations, a growing number of Archaeologists are now employed by a range of governmental and non-governmental heritage organizations.

Careers in this area are primarily involved in making decisions about the management and conservation of archaeological resources at local, national and international levels. Archaeologists and individuals with archaeological training also work in a growing number of non-traditional careers where archaeological knowledge is central. These positions range widely, from jobs with engineering firms, where knowledge of archaeological principals can be crucial to project planning, to careers which engage the public's appreciation of the past.

Modules

In this course students will follow the development of archaeological thought from its roots in the scientific revolution of the 17th century through to the post-modern thinkers and finally discovering where the current theoretical debates stand. Students will explore the links between the theoretical development of archaeological research and the general developments in the history of science and philosophy. Students also explore different methodologies central to archaeological research, discuss what constitute archaeological data, and how to design a research project. Students will also discuss research ethics, and scientific agendas. These issues are explored through a series of lectures and seminars.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£8,000

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£18,000

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students should have 2:1 (upper second class) UK Honours degree, or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth in Archaeology, Anthropology or a related discipline; 2:2 in Archaeology or related discipline plus related professional experience.

University information

The University of Aberdeen is the 5th oldest university in the UK and the 3rd oldest university in Scotland. Founded in 1495, the University celebrated its 525th anniversary in 2020. Since founding, the university has been ‘Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others’ and it still holds this purpose. Over 3,500 postgraduate students, from all over the world, study either on campus or online and the university...more

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