M.Sc. Archaeological Science

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP19888 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
University of Oxford | Oxford, United Kingdom
The MSc in Archaeological Science provides a broad introductory education for those with a first degree in archaeology wishing to apply science-based research methods, or for those with a first degree in a science subject wishing to learn about specifically archaeological issues amenable to scientific methods.
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Description of Archaeological Science

  • The MSc in Archaeological Science is designed to give a broad but detailed grounding in the theory as well as practical experience in the major applications of science in archaeology. It is intended for archaeologists or scientists who wish to go on to undertake research in archaeological science, or archaeologists who intend to pursue a career in the management of archaeological projects or become policy makers in this area and would like to have a sound understanding of the potential of science to elucidate archaeological problems. The MSc also acts as preliminary training for doctoral research.
  • The MSc in Archaeological Science is based on the research strengths of the Research Laboratory for Archaeology. The MSc consists of three taught elements taught over two nine-week terms, comprising materials analysis and the study of technological change, molecular bioarchaeology, and principles and practice of scientific dating, plus a five month research project chosen in consultation with the supervisor. The pre-set essay(s) and research project provide opportunity for specialisation within these areas.
  • Most students study all three archaeological science options, but it is possible to replace one of these with an option from the Master's in Archaeology or the Master's in Classical Archaeology run by the department. Students can also supplement the course by attending teaching in another course in preparation for the extended essay. One option which provides very useful supplementary skills is the 'Practical Archaeobotany' option from the MSt in Archaeology.
  • Each option has a co-ordinator who will be responsible for arranging your option teaching, while the course director has overall responsibility for your progress, and you will have a supervisor for your individual research project.
  • Teaching is through a combination of lectures, classes and laboratory sessions requiring regular written work, and is supplemented by a range of graduate seminars. The course benefits from the small size of the cohort (usually about eight, including both MSt and MSc), allowing many opportunities for student participation. Class presentations are also required, providing valuable experience and the opportunity for feedback from your peers.
  • The archaeological science options are assessed in early May by written examination, plus either a 10,000 word extended essay or two 5,000 word pre-set essays. Options taken from other master's degrees in archaeology are examined by a pair of 5,000 word pre-set essays, and the remaining options in archaeological science require only one 5,000 word pre-set essay. Students submit a 15-20,000 word dissertation on their research project in mid September.
  • A viva voce examination may be held, when candidates' work-books may also be examined, at the discretion of the examiners.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 19888 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 11058 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The MSc in Archaeological Science is based on the research strengths of the Research Laboratory for Archaeology. The MSc consists of three taught elements taught over two nine-week terms, comprising materials analysis and the study of technological change, molecular bioarchaeology, and principles and practice of scientific dating, plus a five month research project chosen in consultation with the supervisor. The pre-set essay(s) and research project provide opportunity for specialisation within these areas.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
200(Grade A)

Requirements for Archaeological Science

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in archaeology or science.

Work Experience for Archaeological Science

No work experience is required.

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