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Material Culture and Experimental Archaeology MA

Material Culture and Experimental Archaeology MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Archaeology Cultural Studies Art History

Course type


Course Summary

Material culture tells the story of people and their things: allowing us insights into the significance that objects held for people in the past. Interweaving practical and theoretical approaches to material culture, this course explores ethnoarchaeological and experimental archaeological approaches to objects, alongside functional analyses of a broad range of artefact types. You will discover the theories underpinning our understanding of the material world while developing invaluable practical skills: from designing and executing your own experimental archaeology project, the analysis of microscopic wear and residue traces, working with objects from excavations and museum collections, to making a short documentary film for the heritage sector. Whatever your period of interest is, this course will equip you with the skills and experience you need to begin a career in cultural heritage, academia, or commercial archaeology. You'll be assessed via a number of methods, including essays, oral presentations, the production of a short documentary, report writing and your dissertation. This course will equip you for a number of careers in a diverse range of sectors, including the heritage sector, commercial archaeology, film, television and journalism. It will also give you a solid foundation for further study and research within academia.

Different course options

Full time | University of York | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will equip students with the practical skills required to design, conduct and critique experiments related to material culture.

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

Applicants need to have a good honours degree (upper second or first class) in archaeology, anthropology or a related field (or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution). Alternative qualifications, and professional experience will also be considered.