University of Glasgow

Degree level: Postgraduate

Archaeology (Taught)

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Course summary

This Masters will enable you to develop your own holistic approach to the challenges of contemporary archaeological research and practice. The programme combines conceptual learning with independent research and project-based work. A key strength of this programme is its flexibility, which allows you to create a portfolio of courses based on your individual needs and interests. WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • The University can facilitate work placements and internships with organisations such as Historic Environment Scotland, the National Trust and the Hunterian Museum.
  • Our collaboration with SUERC, a premier scientific dating facility, supports interested students developing their skills in the archaeological sciences.
  • Our staff are engaged in a variety of innovative research projects (both in Scotland and abroad) and actively involve students in such projects.
  • Interested students are supported to develop their skills in the use and creation of digital collections and archives.
  • The programme came 4th in the UK in the 2019 National Student Survey, with a 100 per cent student satisfaction score.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE This programme allows you to follow a pre-composed theme such as Landscape Archaeology, Digital Archaeology, or Celtic and Viking Archaeology or create your own flexible degree programme by selecting from optional courses across Archaeology and related programmes. This structure encourages interdisciplinary work integrated with core training in Archaeological theory and methods, including training in archaeological sciences, and supports practice-based learning through Archaeology’s placement scheme and courses. Teaching will be delivered through field trips, the Archaeology research seminar series, and through courses in which you develop written work, practice-based and practical assignments and oral presentations. An independent research project in the form of a dissertation, undertaken in the second semester, is an integral part of the programme. Core Courses RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS ARCHAEOLOGY DISSERTATION All students participate in the ‘Research and Professional Skills’ course. Students should select five options from the range of courses offered in Archaeology and related subjects in agreement with the MSc Programme convenor. Optional Courses EXPERIENCING LANDSCAPE AND HERITAGE REMOTE SENSING FOR HUMAN ECOLOGY AND ARCHAEOLOGY DIGITAL PASTS: INTERACTIVE MEDIA AND GAMES FOR ARCHAEOLOGY AND HERITAGE ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIGITAL IMAGING MEDITERRANEAN LANDSCAPES FEASTING LIKE THE ANCIENTS: AN INTER-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO EARLY FOOD AND DRINK BRITISH BATTLEFIELDS: ANALYSIS AND CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT MODERN WARFARE: 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY WARFARE THE ART OF WAR: CONCEPTS AND THEORIES METHOD AND PRACTICE IN CONFLICT HERITAGE APPROACHING THE ANCIENT WORLD THROUGH TEXT APPROACHING THE ANCIENT WORLD THROUGH MATERIAL CULTURE CLOTH AND CLOTHING LANDSCAPE AND POWER IN THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EAST MEDITERRANEAN PGT PEOPLE IN A CHANGING WORLD: ARCHAEOLOGY, CLIMATES AND ENVIRONMENT VIKING AND LATE NORSE ARTEFACTS (AD 750-1350) THEMES IN EARLY MEDIEVAL SCOTTISH ARCHAEOLOGY MEDIEVAL IRELAND, 800-1100: SOURCES AND DEBATES LANDSCAPE ARCHAEOLOGIES MATERIAL CULTURE IN CONTEXT PAST IMPERFECT, PRESENT TENSE: A PRACTICAL HISTORIOGRAPHY OF THE PAST PGT Courses at the Masters level in Archaeology draw upon the particular interests and expertise of the contributing staff and therefore the options available may vary slightly depending on staff availability and subject to a minimum number of students. Please contact us to confirm likely availability of courses in any given year.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.


Fees and funding

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Archaeology at University of Glasgow - UCAS