I love how hands-on the coursework is and the fact that we don’t just read and talk about methods, we actually learn how to execute them properly

Archaeology masters student Rhianna Sullivan
Rhianna Sullivan (America)
Masters student
MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology
Rhianna discusses her experiences so far on the MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology.
Archaeology masters student Rhianna Sullivan

Which scholarship have you been awarded?
The International Merit Postgraduate Scholarship

Why did you decide to study this degree programme? 
I am very passionate about Archaeology, and in order to continue pursuing my research interests I decided to get a postgraduate degree.

What do you enjoy most about your course and the subject you are studying?I love how hands-on the coursework is and the fact that we don’t just read and talk about methods, we actually learn how to execute them properly. 

What attracted you to the University of Sheffield?
The diverse research interests of the professors, especially those of my advisor, and the city itself. 

What made you want to study in the UK?
The culture of graduate/postgraduate study outside of the US is very different, and I’ve found the change to be very positive. 

What is it like to be a postgraduate student in the Department of Archaeology? 
It’s fantastic! My professors are all very engaged and excited to teach, plus being a postgraduate student makes everything more personal and you really get to know everyone.  I’ve also made a lot of great friends! 

What do you plan to do when you finish your degree at Sheffield?
I plan to pursue work in the field for a year or two while I decide what specific subject I would like to study for my PhD. 

How has the department and/or University helped you to work towards reaching your goals after graduation?
I’ve been given so much advice and encouragement, and the faculty here has shown a great interest in my future success.

What do you like most about living in Sheffield?
I love the city itself, especially because it’s so pedestrian friendly.  I also love how dedicated to the arts Sheffield is, and the accessibility to local history is very exciting.

What has been the most difficult thing to get used to whilst living in a different country?
Missing friends and family back home.

Do you have any advice for students from your home country thinking about studying a postgraduate course in archaeology at Sheffield?
Don’t be afraid! While things may take time to become accustomed to, there will always be people to help and you’ll make amazing friends here.  Additionally, this is a world renowned department with friendly and engaged faculty and studying here will be very advantageous to your future career.

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