MA Archaeology of the Classical Mediterranean
The Classical Mediterranean is often approached through its rich textual record. This course is ideal if you want to deepen your understanding of the early history of the Mediterranean by systematically including the full range of archaeological data that sometimes complement and sometimes contradict the textual. It creates a strong platform for future doctoral research combining these approaches. You'll study a series of specialist core and optional modules on the archaeology of classical antiquity and later prehistory in the Mediterranean and neighbouring regions, situated within a sophisticated and intellectually demanding theoretical and methodological context. You'll also complete a dissertation. You can specialise in early history (classical antiquity) or later prehistory (Late Bronze Age-Early Iron Age), but a diachronic perspective and broad range of approaches are encouraged.
Themes covered range from: landscape change and subsistence to material culture and identity, analysis of single sites to Bronze and Iron Age world systems, field survey and excavation to laboratory analysis and archival research. In particular, we emphasise the complementary strengths of textual, iconographic and other material sources and the potential for harnessing modern field archaeology and archaeological science to problems arising in ancient history.
Information relates to 2017-18 academic year: The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.
These compulsory modules will provide you with the key knowledge and understanding for research in the early historical Mediterranean:
*While the majority of dissertation projects do not involve any additional cost to the student, you may incur some expenses if you choose a topic that is not resourced by the department.
You must take 75 credits of option modules. Availability varies from year to year but the following gives a flavour of the kind of specialised modules we will offer:
For information on other modules in Archaeology which may be available please see module list
Full programme specifications are also available.
A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree (GPA 3.0) in an arts, humanities or science subject is usually required. Your interest in and knowledge of archaeological matters are more important than the specific discipline of your undergraduate degree. EU and international student entry requirements can be found using the link below:
English Language Requirements:
For applicants whose first language is not English, IELTS is the preferred test of language. You need an IELTS score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 in all the component tests. Further information can be obtained from the following link:
Fees and Funding:
Funding options, instalment plans and tuition fee information are located at:
The Ian Sanders Occasional Postgraduate Bursary is worth between £500 and £1,000, and is open to students researching in the fields of Classical or Mediterranean Archaeology.
How to Apply:
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