Masters | Postgraduate Course - Archaeology MA Course Details within University of Exeter

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Tuition fees per year 2019/20 UK/EU: £8,300 full-time; £4,150 part-time International: £17,700 full-time
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Archaeology MA

Study Details

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

If you choose to study our MA in Archaeology then you will be joining a vibrant, active Postgraduate community in a setting surrounded by sites of archaeological interest. We are lucky in the West Country to have prehistoric Dartmoor on our doorstep and Exeter itself is a city built on Roman foundations - the nearby Ipplepen dig is shedding further light on Romano-British history. The Anglo-Saxons too were active in our part of the world and we have excellent interdisciplinary ties with the History Department and Centre for Medieval Studies. In the past there have been opportunities for Exeter students to participate in fieldwork and outreach activities in as diverse locations as Argentina, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, South Dakota and Texas. In some cases, fieldwork may consist of archaeological work in a museum rather than excavation.

Module details

Compulsory modules

  • ARCM200 Field Study 15
  • ARCM225 Landscape Archaeology: Understanding the historic environment 15
  • ARCM300 Material Culture 15
  • ARCM004 Dissertation 60
  • ARCM110 Research Design in Archaeology 15
  • ARCM120 Themes in Archaeological Theory and Practice 15

Optional modules
You can choose from a variety of modules on offer within our other Masters programmes, or at level 3 in Archaeology (to a maximum of 30 credits).

  • ARCM007 Advanced Project 15
  • ARCM407 Zooarchaeology 15
  • ARCM412 Funerary Osteoarchaeology 15
  • ARCM501 Researching the Historic Environment Online 15
  • ARCM403 Advanced Zooarchaeology 15
  • ARCM005 Professional Skills in Archaeology 15
  • ARCM130 Discovering the Past with Molecular Science 15
  • ARCM602 Forensic Anthropology: Principles and Practice 15
  • ARCM008 Dissertation Subject to consultation with staff 90

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:1 Honours degree in Archaeology or a related subject (for example, Anthropology, Biology, Geography or Environmental Science) at first degree level. Applicants with non-standard qualifications should contact the College of Humanities Postgraduate Administrator to discuss admission.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

Many of our MA students go on to study at PhD level, and the MA in Archaeology serves as excellent preparation. Your tutors and the Archaeology academic staff will help you put together applications for funding and develop a research proposal if you should choose to take this path.

Of course doctoral study is not the only option available to you, you will graduate with a full range of skills that will make you competitive in the job market. Some of our recent graduates have gone on to work directly in Archaeology or the wider Heritage Sector, with careers such as:

- Archaeological Assistant
- Experimental Archaeologist
- Field Archaeologist
- Museum Curator
- Time Team Archaeologist/Community Archaeologist