This degree will provide you with a strong foundation in the advanced theoretical and practical skills necessary for independent research in archaeology.
You will have the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the potential and limitations of different forms of archaeological evidence. You will deepen your understanding of the themes and periods of the past and engage more critically with archaeological issues and debates. You will be able to develop your knowledge and research skills through a variety of taught modules, culminating in a dissertation.
During your time here, you will have access to dedicated Masters study space and more one-to-one contact with staff than you would have had at undergraduate level. This will help you develop fuller research and academic skills.
This Masters Degree develops your research and analytical skills, providing you with an excellent foundation for further study or career progression. There is also the option of doing an extended dissertation, which is a longer, more in-depth piece, giving you a taste of what it would be like to write a PhD thesis.
The School of Archaeology and Ancient History has internationally recognised strengths in research and teaching in all fields of classical archaeology, as well as in prehistory, medieval archaeology, and the theory and practice of landscape archaeology.
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.
2:1 degree in Archaeology, 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
The Age of Justinian
Approaches to Pompeii and Herculaneum
Archaeology and Landscape
The Archaeology of Colonial North America
Archaeology of Standing Buildings
Classical Art in Context
Early Christian Europe
The Greek World after Alexander
Guided Research in Prehistory, Bioarchaeology, or Medieval Archaeology
Human Skeletal Analysis
Humans, Animals and Disease
Medieval Landscapes, 400-1500
Sparta and the Greek World
Textiles, Dress, and Identity in the Roman World
Troy and Its Reception
An MA in Archaeology offers great opportunities 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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