MSc Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy
Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
We draw on the humanities and the sciences to explore our relationship with the world.
We're reinventing archaeology. New perspectives, new methods, new ways to help communities understand and celebrate their heritage. Thinking about the future is part of the discipline.
A masters with us is perfect preparation for a PhD and a research career. We also run courses with an optional vocational track, so you can train for specific jobs. Everyone gets the chance to take part in fieldwork - in the UK, mainland Europe, Asia and Africa.
The question we ask all our students is: "What kind of archaeologist do you want to be?"
Jobs include Historic Buildings Projects Officer, Commercial Field Archaeologist and Postdoctoral Researcher.
About the course
The story of humanity is the story of our complex relationship with nature. An understanding of past environments and economies is crucial to professional archaeology.
You'll get intensive training in environmental and economic archaeology.
Designed to prepare you for a PhD, the course also meets the need for skilled specialists within commercial archaeology.
Along the way, you'll acquire some advanced IT skills. We'll introduce you to GIS and you'll use specialist software such as CANOCO, SPSS and TILIA.
You'll be assessed on coursework assignments and on a dissertation, which you can use as the basis for a PhD.
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.
Minimum 2:1 honours degree in a humanities or science subject.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
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. If you're considering applying for funding, we recommend you contact us as soon as possible.
You'll have everything you need to explore your ideas. We have a complex of laboratories, imaging and GIS resources and storage facilities.
There are labs for research and teaching in environmental archaeology, human and animal skeletal analysis, landscape and aerial archaeology, and materials sciences.
Publications by our staff have become standard texts on their respective subjects. Our research is organised into six areas: Landscape Archaeology; Material Culture Studies; Medieval Archaeology; Funerary Archaeology; The Archaeology of the Mediterranean and Bioarchaeology.
There are several specialised research centres here: Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology, Sheffield Centre for Archaeobotany and Ancient Land-Use, and Zooarchaeology Laboratory. Their projects, conferences and seminars all add to the quality of your course.
Any one of our courses will prepare you for a PhD and a research career. Some courses have an optional vocational track that trains you for specific types of jobs.
Sheffield graduates hold archaeological posts in Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia. They use their expertise in universities, museums, archaeological consultancies, heritage parks and government. Jobs include Historic Buildings Projects Officer, Commercial Field Archaeologist and Postdoctoral Researcher.
We offer the opportunity for you to get involved in our research projects in the UK, mainland Europe, Asia and Africa.
How we teach
Our students come from all around the world. The content of our courses reflects this. You can expect a balanced timetable of lectures, seminars and practicals. Fieldwork is an important part of all our courses.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.
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