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Archaeological Sciences MSc / PGDip

Archaeological Sciences MSc / PGDip

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Archaeological Sciences Natural Sciences

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

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.

Learning and assessment

The teaching and learning strategy takes into consideration the learning outcomes, the nature of the subject, and the need for you to take responsibility for your own learning as part of this advanced taught programme.

The thematic modules are delivered in a combination of formal lectures, student-led intensive seminars/tutorials and extensive practical instruction. Coursework (laboratory and field reports, worksheets, essays) is geared towards demonstrating relevant knowledge, understanding and professional skills in principal approaches to the application and use of scientific methods in archaeology. Elements of group work are part of core specialist modules; communication skills are tested in both written and oral form in several modules.

The degree progresses through a spiral curriculum, with each teaching / assessment block developing and building on prior learning. The underlying knowledge and understanding is then drawn upon in the Dissertation (c.15000 words) which encompasses a substantial piece of original research, ultimately assessed for its publishable merit.

The assessment strategy is designed to support the learning outcomes of each specific module. It uses a wide range of assessment methods, including coursework (worksheets, critiques, laboratory reports, research design, essays), exams (practical tests), and oral presentations. Assessment elements are regularly structured in a way that allows you to benefit from formative learning towards summative assessment.

Career prospects

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.

Start date has been rescheduled from Sep-2020 to Jan-2021.

Different course options

Full time | University of Bradford | 1 year | JAN-21

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

JAN-21

Modules

To explore the role of scientific methods in addressing key areas of study of the past: chronology, diet and identity. What has been achieved? How do we evaluate the importance of the findings? What challenges remain and how might they be addressed? To give the opportunity to study stable light isotope analysis and its archaeological applications in detail. Particular emphasis will be placed on the applications of techniques and the inherent challenges in placing interpretation into a wider understanding of people in the past. There is an emphasis on specific themes and the use of case studies based on recently published research.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£8,570

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£19,890

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

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.

University information

The University of Bradford uses technology to benefit society through its teaching and research. There are world-class facilities on site, and students enjoy a high-tech learning environment at this city centre university. The University employs industry-leading academics for its courses and has been conducting ground-breaking research for over 50 years. The campus is one of the most sustainable in the UK. Buildings are made using hemp, and...more