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  • Objectives
    This course will provide you with a sound practical, methodological and theoretical grounding in underwater archaeology, allowing you to develop the skills necessary for this exciting sub-discipline. Your dissertation will be supported by training in research methods and methodology. You will also be able to choose from a range of modules in freshwater, maritime and underwater archaeology, as well as the bioarchaeology of waterlogged remains. This course can be regarded as the ideal second degree as it will enable you to follow the one-year MA and three years by research model suggested by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
  • Entry requirements
    As an applicant to the MA in Underwater Archaeology, you should be aware that candidates without the usual entry requirements may be considered at the discretion of the Arts Faculty and the Department of Archaeology
  • Academic Title
    MA Underwater Archaeology
  • Course description
    Underwater Archaeology (MA)
    Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

    Course Content
    You will be given a strong foundation in the skills and techniques necessary for effective research by completing a compulsory core module in Research Methods and Methodology.

    In addition, you will study the following taught core modules:

    Perspectives in Underwater Archaeology
    Freshwater Archaeology
    Maritime Archaeology
    Bioarchaeology of Waterlogged Remains
    You may also take an additional module from within the Department of Archaeology – this will be chosen in negotiation with the course director and should be relevant to the subject area of your dissertation.

    Please note that all module details are subject to change.

    Finally, you will undertake a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words on a subject of your choice, which you will be able to define with the support and advice of your dissertation supervisor.

    Course Structure
    This course can be taken over one year, full-time (September to September) or over two years, part-time.

    As well as a compulsory 15-credit module in Research Methods and Methodology, you will choose an additional 105-credits’ worth of modules from core and optional taught Masters programmes within the Department of Archaeology.

    The remaining 60 credits of this course are allocated to your dissertation.

    Assessment methods vary according to the individual module

    Key facts

    -The Department of Archaeology offers cutting-edge equipment and facilities for the scientific analyses of ancient inorganic materials; it even has its own museum and a dedicated Bioarchaeology Laboratory.
    -Underwater Archaeology is taught within a thriving department that has attracted academic and research staff from around the world.
    -Staff and research students in the Department are involved in a number of major collaborative research projects centring on Underwater Archaeology.
    -We offer a number of field trips to countries such as Bulgaria, Greece, northern Italy, Sicily, Syria and Switzerland.
    -The Course Director, Dr. Jon Henderson, leads the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre, which is based in the Department of Archaeolog

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