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Archaeological Sciences MSc / PGDip

Archaeological Sciences MSc / PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Archaeological Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

This MSc or Postgraduate Diploma in Archaeological Sciences gives graduates in Archaeology and related subjects a systematic training in the application of modern scientific methods. It gives you the practical, analytical and interpretative skills you need to apply a wide range of specialist approaches, preparing you not only for research in archaeological science but also to pursue career opportunities in all areas of mainstream archaeology. You will join a group of postgraduate students from across the world and have the opportunity to use a wide range of specialist facilities and collections, whilst being taught by internationally recognised, research-active academic staff. You can use the course to obtain broad expertise in the field, or to specialise in areas such as: Environmental Archaeology, covering environmental change, subsistence and health through studies of animal bones, plant remains and biomarkers in human and non-human hard tissue; Landscape Archaeology, focusing on understanding and interpreting landscapes in the past using prospection methods, visualisation and GIS; Chronology and Biomolecules, specialising in the use of physical, chemical and biomolecular methods to study and date both human remains and artefacts. Students can progress into the MSc after successful completion of PgDip.

Carrers: The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. The course prepares students not only for research in archaeological science, but also furthers career prospects in mainstream archaeology or scientific analysis. 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. Career destinations have included PhDs at Universities of York, Bradford, Oxford, Texas A&M, Catamarca; UNESCO research; archaeological project managers; conservation science and teaching.

Different course options

Full time | University of Bradford | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The aims of this module are two fold: To enable you to gain Professional skills and understanding relating to your chosen specialism. This module provides the educational and career development specialism practice required by analytical/chemical/archaeological/forensic scientists in each of the Pathways/Programmes of study. This will enable you to identify your own learning needs and to carry these out to achieve specialism practice. To provide taught postgraduate students with an introduction to research and its design (dissertation routes) or professional brief writing (non-dissertation routes), oral and written presentation.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for the programme are: A first degree in Archaeology or another relevant discipline, normally with a second-class degree or higher or equivalent for UK students; Applications are welcome from students with non-standard qualifications, and mature students (those over 21 years of age on entry) with significant relevant experience; Admission will be judged on an individual basis of overseas students, at an equivalent level to UK entry requirements; For North American students normally a GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 is required, or an equivalent