MA Archaeology - Reading - Berkshire - University of Reading, Deparment of Archaelogy - I19014

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  • Objectives
    The programme aims to foster a systematic, advanced understanding of the human past through the study and interpretation of archaeological evidence, and an ability to engage in independent research. It is designed to allow students to develop their specific interests in the archaeology of prehistoric, protohistoric, Roman and medieval Europe and the Mediterranean region and the Near East while gaining an ability to recognise current weaknesses in our understanding of the past, either due to lack of evidence, poor methodology or inappropriate theory, and to propose means by which such weaknesses can be rectified. It also aims to prepare students for doctoral study.
  • Academic title
    MA Archaeology
  • Course description
    Transferable skills

    In following this programme, students will have had the opportunity to develop their skills
    relating to oral and written communication, data collection and analysis, and information
    technology to a high level, providing the independent learning ability that is essential for
    future professional development. Students will also develop skills in the critical analysis of
    archaeological evidence, and be able to think comparatively and cross-culturally. They will
    be able to exercise their own initiative, and make decisions in complex situations.

    Programme content

    The profile which follows states which modules must be taken (the compulsory part) together
    with one or more lists of modules from which the student must make a selection (the option
    modules). Students must choose such additional modules as they wish, in consultation with
    their programme adviser, to make 180 credits. The number of credits for each module is
    shown after its title.

    Students must take three 10-credit modules in Research Skills including
    Research Resources and Skills and two technical optional modules (30
    credits overall), three specialist optional modules of 20 credits each (60
    credits overall), and write a dissertation (90 credits). Students who have
    not previously studied Archaeology are required to take Archaeological
    Thought as one of the research skills modules. A language module of 20
    credits can be taken with the Institution-wide Language Programme in
    place of two of the research skills technical option modules where
    appropriate.

    Credits Level

    Compulsory modules

    -Dissertation

    Research Skills

    Compulsory module

    -Research Resources and Skills
    Optional technical modules

    (Not all optional modules will be available in any one year. The availability of all optional
    modules is subject to availability of staff and will require a minimum number of participants.

    Admission to optional modules will be at the discretion of the Programme Director).

    TWO of: 20 credits

    -Archaeological Thought
    -Archaeological Graphics
    -Applications of Micromorphological Analysis
    -Soils in Archaeology
    -Field Methods and Experimentation in Geoarchaeology

    Or ONE Language option with the Institution-wide Language Programme 20 credits

    Optional specialist modules
    (Not all optional modules will be available in any one year. The availability of all optional
    modules is subject to availability of staff and will require a minimum number of participants.
    Admission to optional modules will be at the discretion of the Programme Director).

    THREE of:

    -Burial Archaeology
    -The Age of Hillforts in Britain
    -The Age of Stonehenge in Britain
    -Emergence of Civilisation in Mesopotamia
    -Early Complex Societies in the Mediterranean
    -Hominins, Hearths and Handaxes: Lower Palaeolithic of NW Europe
    -Palaeopathology
    -Early Roman Britain
    -Coastal and Maritime Archaeology
    -The Archaeology of Food and Nutrition
    -Ancient Aegean Landscapes: Neolithic & Classical

    Periods

    -Information Molecules: Biomolecular Method for Archaeologists
    -The Archaeology of Crusading
    -Vikings in the West
    -Later Anglo-Saxon England
    -‘Europe’ in the Later Middle Ages?

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