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MA in Medieval Archaeology

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  • Objectives
    The programme aims to foster a systematic, advanced understanding of the Middle Ages 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 medieval archaeology of Britain in the context of northern Europe, with an emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches to social archaeology. In the course of this programme, students will gain an ability to recognise current weaknesses in our understanding of the Middle Ages, either due to lack of evidence, poor methodology or inappropriate theory, and to propose means by which such weaknesses can be rectified, and strengths enhanced. It also aims to prepare students for doctoral study.
  • Academic Title
    MA in Medieval Archaeology
  • Course description
    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 Issues and Debates in Medieval Archaeology and one 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 advised
    to take Archaeological Thought as one of the Optional technical modules.

    Compulsory modules

    Dissertation

    Research Skills

    Compulsory modules

    Research Resources and Skills
    Issues and Debates in Medieval Archaeology

    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).

    ONE of:

    Archaeological Thought
    Archaeological Graphics
    Applications of Micromorphological Analysis
    Soils in Archaeology
    Field Methods and Experimentation in Geoarchaeology
    Geophysics for Archaeology
    Laboratory Methods in Geoarchaeology

    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
    Palaeopathology
    Coastal and Maritime Archaeology
    The Archaeology of Food and Nutrition
    Information Molecules: Biomolecular Method for Archaeologists
    The Archaeology of Crusading
    Vikings in the West
    Later Anglo-Saxon England
    ‘Europe’ in the Later Middle Ages?
    Geographic Information Systems

    ONE of the following modules taught in the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies can be taken instead of a specialist module:

    Medieval Latin and Palaeography
    Special Topic

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