This degree will provide you with a unique inter-disciplinary approach to the study of the archaeology and history of the Roman Empire in the wider context of its neighbouring societies.
Our teaching crosses traditional boundaries between Roman studies and prehistory, between archaeology and ancient history, and between classical and modern historical approaches.
The course is taught using different methodologies and will provide you with a detailed grounding in research skills, extensive analysis of settlement and cultural systems, plus a choice of options which will offer you a chance to specialise in key aspects of Roman studies.
You will have the opportunity to reflect critically on the economic, social, political, cultural and religious developments between the Empire and its neighbours and build your awareness of the potential of interdisciplinary research.
Contributing staff on this established and highly regarded degree are active in research ranging from Roman-period economies, societies and religions to warfare. Our School features an exceptional concentration of relevant staff expertise and specialisms.
This course will equip you with the skills needed to enhance your career prospects, whether in archaeology or elsewhere.
The information included on this webpage is indicative of the courses provided by the University of Leicester. Due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website and Terms and Conditions for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information before submitting an application.
A good 2:1 or higher in Roman Archaeology, Ancient History, Classical Studies or its equivalent, or the equivalent for overseas or European applicants.
English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
When you first arrive you will complete an induction week giving you a great opportunity to get to know your peers and tutors. Then, over the course of the MA you will take one core module, three option modules and a dissertation.
Core module: Practice and Theory in Archaeology
This module explores advanced theoretical issues in archaeology through close consideration of illustrative case studies involving the analysis and interpretation of archaeological materials. You will be challenged to embrace critically the embedded nature of theory and practice in archaeology, and to assess the connections between particular archaeological paradigms and methodological approaches to the analysis and interrogation of archaeological evidence.
Plus your Dissertation (MA only)
Option modules, choose three option modules from the following:
Advanced GIS and Geomatics
Approaches to Pompeii and Herculaneum
Archaeology and Landscape
The Archaeology of Colonial North America
The Archaeology of the Modern World
Archaeology of Standing Buildings
Classical Art in Context
Early Christian Europe
The Greek World After Alexander
The Historical Archaeology of England
Human Skeletal Analysis
Humans, Animals, and Disease
Origins of Modern Humans
Scientific Approaches to Materials
Sparta and the Greek World
Textiles, Dress, and Identity in the Roman World
Troy and its Reception
The MA offers you a great opportunity to prepare for doctoral study, museum or field-related careers.
As well as providing an excellent foundation for doctoral research, our MA courses are highly valued by employers for the detailed thematic knowledge and key transferable skills that they provide. They enable you to develop a detailed, critical understanding of your particular area of interest, allowing effective career progression in archaeology, ancient history, museums and elsewhere.
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