M.A. European Historical Archaeology

University of Sheffield

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Application deadline: March 1
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
We draw on the humanities and the sciences to explore our relationship with the world.

About the course
1 year full time/2 years part time

A unique focus on the archaeology of literate societies, with an emphasis on the classical and medieval worlds. The course provides you with experience in European historical archaeology and develops your ability to integrate textual, artefactual and scientific evidence.

Your future
This course is excellent preparation for a PhD and a research career.
Some of our courses have an optional vocational track, designed to prepare you for specific types of jobs. Many of our graduates use their expertise in universities, museums, archaeological consultancies, heritage parks and government.

Specialising in something you love doesnt mean narrowing your career options. Many of our students put their transferable skills to good use in law, banking, information technology, local government, teaching, the creative arts, the media and the charity sector.


Core modules
* Death and Commemoration from Antiquity to the Modern World
* Literacy and Textual Analysis
* Method and Theory in Historical Archaeology I
* Method and Theory in Historical Archaeology II
* Either:
* From the Age of Migrations to the Age of Discovery or Greeks or
* Romans and Others in the Ancient World
* Dissertation in European Historical Archaeology

Optional modules
* Choose three from a range including:
* Archaeological Practice
* Archaeology and Texts in the Aegean
* Biological Anthropology
* Death and Burial in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval England
* Historical Archaeology of the Modern World AD 17002000
* Landscapes in Contemporary Perspective
* Mediterranean Landscapes
* Method and Theory in Archaeobotany
* Method and Theory in Archaeozoology
* Roman Italy and its Hinterland
* The Archaeology and History of the British Isles, AD 4001000
* The Archaeology of Classical Athens

* Seminars
* Lectures
* Practical classes
* Projects

* Coursework assignments
* Dissertation


Entry Requirements
Applicants for this MA should normally be in possession of, or about to be awarded, a good Honours Degree (at least a 2:1, or its equivalent such as GPA 3.0 in the USA) in Archaeology or a related subject. However, candidates with other degrees will be considered and are urged to contact the Course Director prior to making an application. A reading knowledge of a European language would also be advantageous, although not essential.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)

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