This exciting programme provides students with a full theoretical and practical foundation for independent research in archaeology and develops a critical understanding of the potential and limitations of different forms of archaeological evidence, with a particular emphasis upon the landscape scale of analysis and study. Students can develop their knowledge and research skills in one of three optional focussed study pathways: Prehistory, Bioarchaeology or Medieval Archaeology. All are fields in which the School has internationally-recognised strengths in research and teaching.
Course Structure and Modules
You will complete a compulsory induction week, followed by two core 30 credit modules (Theory & Practice in Archaeology; Landscape Archaeology); one guided research module (Researching Prehistory; Bioarchaeology; Medieval archaeology); one specialist optional module and a 60-credit dissertation. Full-time students take one core and one optional module each semester; part-time students take the guided research and specialist optional modules in their second year. See details in our brochure. Core modules comprise:
- Practice and Theory in Archaeology - This explores advanced theoretical issues in archaeology through close consideration of illustrative case studies involving the analysis and interpretation of archaeological materials. Students are challenged to embrace critically the embedded nature of theory and practice in archaeology, and to assess the connections between particular archaeological paradigms and methodological approaches to the analysis and interrogation of archaeological evidence.
- Landscape Archaeology - This module introduces the theoretical issues underpinning Landscape Archaeology and the range of techniques in the human and natural sciences available to investigate past landscapes. Students learn to assess the strengths of different theoretical and practical approaches and their appropriate application within problem-solving research and professional practice.
Guided Research Modules - These comprise a programme of directed research on a relevant theme, issue or topic agreed between the student and a research supervisor in the chosen field.
- Researching Prehistory
- Researching Bioarchaeology
- Researching Medieval Archaeology
Applicants will normally possess a good first degree, upper second class or higher in Archaeology or the equivalent for overseas or European applicants. International/ EU students must have a level of English proficiency of 6.5 IELTS or 600 TOEFL.
The 120-credit Diploma in Archaeology comprises four modules, but omits the dissertation. There may also be scope to take a 90-credit dissertation plus three modules (including two core options).
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