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MPhil Archaeology

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
11 Months
 Start month
October

 Tuition fee

International
10500 GBP
National
10500 GBP
EU
10500 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
EU 50 GBP
Department
Division of Archaeology
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
4

World University Ranking

About this course

Students may choose to specialise in any of the following options:

  • Archaeological Heritage and Museums
  • Archaeological Science
  • Archaeology of the Americas
  • Egyptian Archaeology
  • European Prehistory
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Mesopotamian Archaeology
  • Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Archaeology
  • South Asian Archaeology
  • All MPhil students in the Division of Archaeology take a Research Skills Module and write a dissertation (15,000 words maximum). Students choosing Archaeology of the Americas, Archaeology of Egypt, European Archaeology, Medieval Archaeology, Mesopotamian Archaeology, Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Archaeology, or South Asian Archaeology take:

the Core Archaeology course
the appropriate area option course
any other module offered by the Division of Archaeology (in consultation with the supervisor and MPhil coordinator).
The assessed components of the three selected modules each represent 15% of the final mark. The assessed components of Research Skills module represents 5%, while the dissertation counts for 50% of the final mark.

The Core Archaeology course introduces current debates in archaeological theory and the history of archaeological thought, as well as archaeological methods (ranging from the study of prehistoric exchange to bio-archaeological techniques to artefact studies, quantitative analyses and dating methods). Area option courses examine the archaeology of a particular region of the world (such as South Asia or Europe) in detail. Students are encouraged to choose a third module from the range of MPhil options on offer in the Division of Archaeology to complement their specific interests (e.g., heritage, science, material culture, etc). All module choices must have the approval of the module's instructor and the MPhil in Archaeology Coordinator.

Students electing the Archaeological Heritage option will take three taught modules:

  • The Socio-politics of the Past
  • Museums: History, Theory, and Practice
  • Management of the Archaeological Heritage. This course concentrates on issues of differentiation of interpretation.
  • The topics are all of academic importance and the teaching focuses on a theoretical understanding of the issues involved, with practical examples used as case studies. The aim is to educate you within this expanding field and to activate further research.

Students choosing the Archaeological Science option will take:

Archaeological Science
Practical Application of Scientific Methods modules
One other module offered by the Division of Archaeology (chosen in consultation with the supervisor and MPhil Coordinator).
This course covers a broad range of scientific archaeological approaches with geo- and bioarchaeological foci, from theoretical, methodological and practical points of view. A series of recurrent case studies is used to introduce the questions, techniques and ideas applicable in each archaeological situation. In addition, this MPhil equips students with analytical skills in archaeological science.

 

Students may choose to specialise in any of the following options:

  • Archaeological Heritage and Museums
  • Archaeological Science
  • Archaeology of the Americas
  • Egyptian Archaeology
  • European Prehistory
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Mesopotamian Archaeology
  • Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Archaeology
  • South Asian Archaeology
  • All MPhil students in the Division of Archaeology take a Research Skills Module and write a dissertation (15,000 words maximum). Students choosing Archaeology of the Americas, Archaeology of Egypt, European Archaeology, Medieval Archaeology, Mesopotamian Archaeology, Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Archaeology, or South Asian Archaeology take:
  • the Core Archaeology course
  • the appropriate area option course
  • any other module offered by the Division of Archaeology (in consultation with the supervisor and MPhil coordinator).
  • The assessed components of the three selected modules each represent 15% of the final mark. The assessed components of Research Skills module represents 5%, while the dissertation counts for 50% of the final mark.

The Core Archaeology course introduces current debates in archaeological theory and the history of archaeological thought, as well as archaeological methods (ranging from the study of prehistoric exchange to bio-archaeological techniques to artefact studies, quantitative analyses and dating methods). Area option courses examine the archaeology of a particular region of the world (such as South Asia or Europe) in detail. Students are encouraged to choose a third module from the range of MPhil options on offer in the Division of Archaeology to complement their specific interests (e.g., heritage, science, material culture, etc). All module choices must have the approval of the module's instructor and the MPhil in Archaeology Coordinator.

Students electing the Archaeological Heritage option will take three taught modules:

  • The Socio-politics of the Past
  • Museums: History, Theory, and Practice
  • Management of the Archaeological Heritage. This course concentrates on issues of differentiation of interpretation.
  • The topics are all of academic importance and the teaching focuses on a theoretical understanding of the issues involved, with practical examples used as case studies. The aim is to educate you within this expanding field and to activate further research.

Students choosing the Archaeological Science option will take:

Archaeological Science
Practical Application of Scientific Methods modules
One other module offered by the Division of Archaeology (chosen in consultation with the supervisor and MPhil Coordinator).
This course covers a broad range of scientific archaeological approaches with geo- and bioarchaeological foci, from theoretical, methodological and practical points of view. A series of recurrent case studies is used to introduce the questions, techniques and ideas applicable in each archaeological situation. In addition, this MPhil equips students with analytical skills in archaeological science.


Continuing
MPhil students wishing to continue to the PhD in Archaeology are required to achieve a High Pass mark of 68 overall and no less than 68 in their dissertation, and to obtain the support of an appropriate supervisor. In some circumstances additional academic conditions may be set to ensure appropriate skills, such as language competence, are in place prior to admittance on the PhD programme.


MPhil students wishing to continue to the PhD in Archaeology are required to achieve a High Pass mark of 68 overall and no less than 68 in their dissertation, and to obtain the support of an appropriate supervisor. In some circumstances additional academic conditions may be set to ensure appropriate skills, such as language competence, are in place prior to admittance on the PhD programme.

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Eligibility Criteria

Expected Academic Standard
Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

IELTS - 7.5 ( 7 in each section)

TOEFL - 110 ( 25 in each section)

CAE
Score: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment.

CPE
Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each individual element)

 

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Course Modules

Teaching
All MPhil students in the Division of Archaeology take a Research Skills Module and write a dissertation (15,000 words maximum). Students also select three modules appropriate to their chosen MPhil option in consultation with their supervisor and MPhil coordinator.

Feedback
Students receive written feedback on all assessed essays and reports from internal markers via the Graduate Administrator. Coursework and exam marks are made available to students following the first examiners meeting at the end of Easter Term. Feedback on dissertations are available to students following the  second examiners meeting in September.

Assessment
Thesis
The dissertation is an extended piece of independent, original research. Students work with their supervisor to formulate a dissertation project, carry out research and write it up. The topic of the dissertation has to be approved by the Faculty Degree Committee. The dissertation is of maximum 15,000 words (excluding bibliography and appendices) and is due at the end of August; it counts as 50% of the student’s final mark.

Essays
Students taking the MPhil in Archaeology are usually required to produce between 3 and 6 assessed essays depending on their chosen course of study and the modules they select. The essays are between 3000 and 4000 words and are submitted in Michaelmas, Lent and Easter Terms.

Written examination
Students taking the MPhil in Archaeology are required to sit written examinations for some modules.

Practical assessment
The MPhil in Archaeology does not include any practical assessment. Students may be assessed on written work produced as part of practical or laboratory sessions for some modules.

Other
Attendance at the relevant Research Skills Workshops is required of all MPhil students in the Division of Archaeology. MPhil students  submit a 2000 word research proposal and give a presentation to teaching staff and peers which form the assessed part of the Research Skills module and are worth 5% of the overall MPhil degree.

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How to Apply

Preparation
You should thoroughly research your prospective course, its requirements, deadlines and course costs before you think about completing and submitting the online application form.

Having fully researched the course you are interested in, make sure you now have the relevant information you need to apply:

  • Course name
  • Application and funding deadlines
  • The relevant required supporting documents (e.g. transcripts, CV, etc.) in pdf format to upload.
  • Email addresses for your academic referees. You should ensure you have theirconsent before you apply.
  • A choice of up to two colleges to consider your application.
  • Apply Online using the GRADSAF
  • When you have completed the necessary preparation, and you are ready to begin your online application, you should take note of the following important information.

There is an application charge of (GBP Sterling) £50 per application. You can make the payment by providing your credit card details to our secure server when you submit the online application.
Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentationwhich can be uploaded via your self service account after you submit the online application form.

Upload Supporting Documentation
Once you have submitted your application, you will be given access to your Self-Service Account. You will have 14 days from submission of your application to upload all mandatory documents.

Please check your course's entry to see what supporting documents you will be required to submit. These will also be listed on your self-service account once you have submitted your application. For more information on what the specific requirements of each document are, and how to submit them, please see the section on Supporting Documentation

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