MA Aegean Archaeology

Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

We inspire students to explore and excel through imaginative teaching and the world-leading research we conduct across the globe.

I love the mix of both theoretical and practical teaching we get. We have seminars but we also get to handle the materials, which is fun and interesting.

Margaret James, postgraduate student in Department of Archaeology


About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

Sheffield is home to the largest group of Aegean prehistorians in the UK. This breadth of expertise, and our ability to integrate textual and material evidence, enable us to focus on the current issues in exceptional detail.

Leading scholars teach on the course. Their research constantly generates new knowledge and new questions. They will support you and encourage you to develop your own ideas.

You'll get advanced training in the methods and theories of Aegean archaeology. The course combines groundbreaking Aegean research with our strengths in landscape archaeology and archaeological science.

The integration of textual and material evidence enables us to focus on the current issues in detail.

Alongside a wide range of modules, you'll write a dissertation, on a subject of your choice, which you can also use as preparation for a PhD.

Margaret James, postgraduate student of the Department of Archeology

Core modules

  • Current Issues in Aegean Prehistory
  • Reinventing Archaeology
  • Research Design
  • Planning, Execution and Presentation
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Choose from a range including:

  • Mediterranean Landscapes
  • The Archaeology of Cyprus
  • The Homeric Epics and the Archaeological Record
  • Rethinking the Ancient Economy
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Classical Athens
  • Any module in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities to the value of 15 credits

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Projects

Assessment

  • Coursework Assignments
  • Dissertation

Part-time study

This course can be taken full-time or part-time.

If you study part-time, you'll take two 15-credit modules in each semester during Year 1 and Year 2, and either a dissertation or placement module over the summer of Year 2. We arrange for you to attend two days a week but we try to be as flexible as possible.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
September 2017 start

Course description 2017

Our MA in Aegean Archaeology offers a series of specialist modules on the archaeology of the Aegean and neighbouring regions, situated within a sophisticated and intellectually demanding theoretical context.

We encourage a diachronic perspective and broad range of approaches and throughout the programme we will encourage and support you in the development of intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, problem-solving and independent judgement.

Margaret James, postgraduate student of the Department of Archeology

Core modules

  • Current Issues in Aegean Prehistory
  • Reinventing Archaeology
  • Research Design
  • Planning, Execution and Presentation
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Choose from a range including:

  • Mediterranean Landscapes
  • Rethinking the Ancient Economy
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Cyprus
  • Introduction to Human Osteology
  • Ethnography in Archaeology
  • Materialising Culture: Agents, Things and Social Processes
  • Reconstructing Ancient Technologies: Ceramics
  • Archaeobotany
  • Archaeozoology

How we will teach and assess you

Our students come from all around the world and the content of our courses reflects this. You can expect a balanced timetable of lectures, seminars and practicals. Many of our masters courses also include a fieldwork or project work component.

Our teaching staff are leading scholars in their field. Through their research and field projects they are active in generating new knowledge that feeds directly into their teaching.

Part-time study

This course can be taken full-time or part-time.

If you study part-time, you'll take two 15-credit modules in each semester during Year 1 and Year 2, and either a dissertation or placement module over the summer of Year 2. We arrange for you to attend two days a week but we try to be as flexible as possible.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

First or 2:1 honours degree in archaeology, history or a related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Fees and funding

If you accept a place on one of our courses, you may be eligible to apply for WRoCAH and University of Sheffield studentships. There are also a number of departmental and programme-specific scholarships available each year. See our website for details.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: archaeology@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 2900

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.