September 2020 start
MSc
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Archaeological Science

Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Create a bespoke degree that reflects your unique interests and ambitions through one of our three pathways: Bioarchaeology, Archaeomaterials, or Cross-discipline.
Archaeological science

Course description

You'll choose from three different pathways to design your own course through a combination of core and optional modules. You'll have the choice of the Bioarchaeology or Archaeomaterials pathways, or if you desire greater freedom of choice outside of the core modules or wish to study a combination of organic and inorganic materials, you can opt for the Cross-disciplinary pathway.

MSc students
This course is structured to lead up to the writing of a journal-style paper. You’ll select a specialist analytical approach and develop this in-depth to address a specific archaeological problem.

Modules

Core modules

Cross-discipline

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Research Design: Planning, Execution and Presentation
  • Applied Archaeological Science
  • Journal-style Paper: c. 6000 words

Bioarchaeology

  • Human Osteology
  • Archaeobotany
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Investigating Ancient Environments
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Research Design: Planning, Execution and Presentation
  • Journal-style Paper: c. 6000 words

Archaeomaterials

  • Reconstructing Ancient Technology: Metals
  • Reconstructing Ancient Technology: Ceramics
  • Reinventing Archaeology
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Research Design: Planning, Execution and Presentation
  • Journal-style Paper: c. 6000 words

Optional modules

Cross-discipline

  • Mineralogy and Petrography of Archaeological Ceramics
  • Materialising Culture: Agents, Things and Social Processes
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Rethinking the Ancient Economy
  • Reinventing Archaeology
  • Human Osteology
  • Archaeobotany
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Reconstructing Ancient Technology: Metals
  • Reconstructing Ancient Technology: Ceramics
  • Investigating Ancient Environments

Bioarchaeology

  • Biological Anthropology I
  • Advanced Archaeobotany
  • Advanced Archaeozoology
  • Applied Archaeological Science
  • The History of the Human-Animal Relationship
  • Funerary Archaeology
  • Osteoarchaeological Assemblage Analysis

Archaeomaterials

  • Mineralogy and Petrography of Archaeological Ceramics
  • Materialising Culture: Agents, Things and Social Processes
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Rethinking the Ancient Economy
  • Applied Archaeological Science

Teaching

You'll be taught through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Assessment

Your assessments will include essays, portfolio work, practical work, exams and a journal-style paper.

Duration

MSc: 1 year, full-time, or 2 years, part-time
Postgraduate Diploma: 1 year, full-time, or 2 years, part-time
Postgraduate Certificate: 1 year, full-time or 2 years, part-time.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Applicants with relevant work experience and good academic potential will also be encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Apply

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

Apply now

Contact

Dr Katie Hemer

Programme Director

k.hemer@sheffield.ac.uk

0114 22 22925

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