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Archaeology of Death and Memory MA

Archaeology of Death and Memory MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Funerary Archaeology

Course type


Course Summary

How and why have the dead been treated and commemorated so differently from prehistory to the present day?

Course overview

Our MA in Archaeology of Death and Memory explores the complex history of death and memory from the hunter-gatherer societies of the Palaeolithic to recent times.

Why study this course with us?

Our course is an exciting, cross-period postgraduate course of global application. It will allow you to examine and gain advanced expertise in the study of death, burial and commemoration in the human past, shedding light on debates and concerns of our present day.

The course focuses on archaeology but is unusually cross-disciplinary. You will explore debates that connect archaeology to research themes shared across the humanities and social sciences, including studies of ritual, the body, material culture, memory and mortality. Consequently, this degree will interest those with first degrees in archaeology or history, and also those with backgrounds in other disciplines.

Different course options

Full time | Parkgate Road Campus | 1 year | OCT-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module explores the role of the body in constructing memories and identities across cultures. In doing so, the module analyses the archaeology of human remains (human osteology and palaeopathology including a critical appraisal of osteobiographical and analogical perspectives of the body in life and death). These approaches to the archaeology of the body will be combined and integrated with the study of embodiment and corporeality in past societies. This will be explored using case studies from world, European and British archaeology, investigating the body?s representation, adornment and transformation as well as bodily interactions with materials, architectures and landscapes. Specific case studies are drawn upon to explore how these approaches inform and enrich our studies of death and memory in past societies.

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in archaeology or any relevant discipline is required. Consideration will be given to those who hold a lower classificaiton who can demonstrate they are capable of performing at the level required to complete the course successfully.

University information

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