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Material Culture and Artefact Studies MSc/PgDip

Material Culture and Artefact Studies MSc/PgDip

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Full time | University of Glasgow | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Archaeology Art History Cultural Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Material culture and artefact studies combines the archaeological recovery and specialist examination of an object with its presentation, management and understanding within a cultural context.

WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • This MSc in Material Culture & Artefact Studies will prepare you to participate at both a practical and theoretical level within the field of specialist artefactual analysis.
  • You will be able to undertake a work placement to gain valuable work experience in a museum, archaeological unit or other cultural institution.
  • You will benefit from the involvement of staff from Glasgow Museums, National Museums Scotland and other institutions within Scotland, and will have the opportunity to work with collections from local museums, including the University’s own Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.

Students will also achieve PgDip exit awards during this course.

CAREER PROSPECTS

The two strands to the degree enable you to prepare for further doctoral research whilst also providing opportunities for valuable vocational experience in a commercial environment.

The wealth of experience and knowledge provided by the interdisciplinary nature and focus of the degree and the networks and relationships developed during their time here, has stood past graduates in good stead upon graduation. They have found full-time positions with Historic Scotland, Headland Archaeology Ltd, Guard Archaeology Ltd. While others are working with various heritage organisations and some are continuing with their postgraduate studies.

Several of our international graduates have found employment working at the Smithsonian, Washington D.C and at the Pink Palace Museum, Memphis Tennessee. Others continue to work in the Cultural Resource Management sector. Several students have gone on to further doctoral research at Glasgow University and beyond, on prehistoric stone tools, Shetland lace knitting, Bronze Age ceramics and medieval settlement.

Modules

This course aims to provide practical instruction in the principles, methods and application of qualitative and quantitative assessment of archaeological artefacts. In particular: To introduce students to the processes of archaeological artefact analysis from excavation through post-excavation studies to final museum curation and display; To encourage an appreciation of the role and contribution of the archaeological finds specialist; To introduce the principles of and skills in archaeological artefact identification and recording and an awareness of the potential contribution of various analytical techniques; To develop an appreciation of the manufacturing processes and their analysis for various artefact classes; To develop an appreciation of the contemporary challenges in the conservation, display and presentation of artefacts.
Dissertation

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£8,850

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£18,370

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this postgraduate taught programme is a 2.1 Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in Archaeology or another relevant subject (for example Anthropology, Geography, Geology, History or Environmental Science); or suitable practical experience.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The...more

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