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  • Objectives
    This period of time saw the collapse of many of the institutions of Europe and their replacement by mostly Germanic kingdoms, as well as the transformation of Eastern Europe into a Byzantine state. During this time, Christianity grew as a unifying force in Europe and moved into conflict with the new kingdoms of Islam. Most of these important events in the development of European life have left some traces in the archaeological record. If you have some prior awareness both of the period and of archaeology in general, together with a proven ability at degree level in at least one of the component subject areas – Archaeology, History, Ancient History, Geography or English Studies – then this would be an ideal second degree. It can be regarded as an ideal second degree if you wish to pursue the 1-year MA + 3 years by research suggested by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
  • Entry requirements
    This course has been developed to allow students from different backgrounds to develop their interests in the archaeology of the period from the decline of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance.
  • Academic Title
    MA Medieval Archaeology
  • Course description
    Key facts

    -The Department of Archaeology offers students the use of cutting-edge equipment and facilities for the scientific analyses of ancient inorganic materials
    -The University Museum housing archaeological finds is based in the Department
    -This course is suitable for students from different backgrounds who share a common interest in archaeology, specifically relating to the Medieval period
    -This course is taught within a thriving department that attracts academic and research staff from around the world

    Course Content
    As well as completing a dissertation (worth 60 credits) and a 15-credit Research Methods and Methodology modules, you will be required to take a number of taught modules, three of which must come from within the Archaeology Department. The most current modules have included:

    -Ecclesiastical Architecture
    -Medieval Landscapes
    -Dark Age and Medieval Europe
    -Vernacular Archaeology

    Please note that all module details are subject to change.

    Course Structure
    You will take 120 credits’ worth of taught modules, including a 15-credit core research methods module, which will provide you with the range of skills necessary for progressing to PhD research.

    The remaining 60 credits are allotted to your dissertation.

    Assessment methods vary from module to module.

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