This Pathway allows students to pursue wider or more theoretical archaeological interests that are not restricted thematically or chronologically. A range of exciting option course units are available, all of which are closely informed by staff research projects (see study details).
It will suit those who wish to deepen and broaden their undergraduate knowledge and understanding of the discipline and its specific theoretical and methodological approaches at postgraduate level. It is also appropriate to those whose first degree is in a related discipline (e.g. Anthropology or the History of Art).
Research training is an important part of the MA programme. There are two components:
-SAGE (Skills Awareness for Graduate Education): This course addresses broad research skills and trains students in areas such as formulating research questions, developing analytical strategies, and critical use of sources. Students also undertake a skills audit to identify specific training needs and relevant training courses.
-Research skills in Archaeology: theory, interpretation, practice: This course delivers essential intellectual and cognitive skills relevant to archaeology. Particular emphasis is placed on the interrelationships between theory, interpretation and practice within the history of the discipline, as well as connections between archaeology and other disciplines (such as anthropology, art history, geography, literary theory, sociology). At the end of the course there is a 'student conference', which forms part of the assessment in conjunction with a work folder encouraging self-reflection with respect to modes of learning and research.
Course units for the General Archaeology pathway include:
-Comparing Complex Societies
-Neolithic Europe in Context
-Reconstructing Prehistoric Society in the Aegean Bronze Age
-Archaeology of Ethnicity and Nationalism
-Neolithic Archaeology of Britain
-Archaeology of Gender
-Reconstructing Prehistoric Society in the Near East
-Archaeology of Religions
-Archaeology of Artefacts
-People, Place and Power: Northern Europe, Britain and Ireland in the First Millennium BC
-Human Nature, History and Archaeological Knowledge
-Students may also opt to take one course unit elsewhere in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures or the Faculty of Humanities.
(NB course units are subject to change according to the commitments of individual staff).