Masters | Postgraduate Course - Experimental 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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Experimental Archaeology MA

Study Details

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

This programme explores experimental archaeology's potential as a powerful research method, an effective educational tool and an excellent medium for public outreach.

You will receive a sound practical and theoretical grounding in scientific use of experiments in archaeological research. The programme will give you practical experience of experiments related to archaeological and taphonomic processes and the production of a range of material culture types including ceramics, stone tools, metals and a range of organic materials.

Module details

Compulsory modules

The following modules are compulsory for MA Experimental Archaeology:

  • ARCM110 Research Design in Archaeology 15
  • ARCM102B Experimental Archaeology in Practice 1 30
  • ARCM102C Experimental Archaeology in Practice 2 30
  • ARCM300 Material Culture 15
  • ARCM105 Dissertation in Experimental Archaeology 60

Optional modules

  • ARCM007 Advanced Project 15
  • ARCM200 Field Study 15
  • ARCM225 Landscape Archaeology: Understanding the historic environment 15
  • ARCM403 Advanced Zooarchaeology 15
  • ARCM412 Funerary Osteoarchaeology 15
  • ARCM407 Zooarchaeology 15
  • ARCM501 Researching the Historic Environment Online 15
  • ARCM602 Forensic Anthropology: Principles and Practice 15
  • ARCM005 Professional Skills in Archaeology 15
  • ARCM120 Themes in Archaeological Theory and Practice 15
  • ARCM130 Discovering the Past with Molecular Science 15

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

The Archaeology programmes at Exeter are designed to develop your skills of analysis, assessment and interpretation as well as the production of written and oral reports. The broad-based nature of the subject and the skills it provides give a strong grounding for a wide range of careers, not only those related to archaeology but also in the wider fields of teaching, administration and business. Some graduates combine their initial job with voluntary archaeological work or with further part time study of the subject.

Some destinations of graduates from Archaeology programmes are:

- Archaeological Assistant
- Experimental Archaeologist
- Field Archaeologist
- Learning Resources Coordinator
- Museum Curator
- PhD in Archaeology
- Postdoctoral Fellow
- Press Executive
- Teacher
- Time Team Archaeologist/Community Archaeologist
- Web Developer