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MScArchaeological Sciences

University of Bradford
United Kingdom, Bradford
Tuition fee £13,500 per year
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This course is designed to give graduates a systematic training in the application of modern scientific methods in archaeology. It provides the necessary practical, analytical and interpretative skills to apply a wide range of specialist approaches in archaeology.

It aims to prepare students not only for research in archaeological science, but also to further career prospects in all areas of mainstream archaeology.

Students normally follow one of three pathways.

Environmental Archaeology focuses on subsistence and health through studies of animal bones, plant remains and biomarkers in human and non-human hard tissue. It also introduces environmental issues which impact on human beings, including environmental change.

Landscape Archaeology focuses on understanding and interpreting landscapes in the past using scientific methods.

Biomolecular Archaeology allows students to specialise in the use of biomolecular methods to study both human remains and artefacts.

The pathways are intended to guide students through appropriate modules; they are indicative rather than prescriptive and students may choose to take the optional modules offered in any combination, subject to timetabling.

Programme structure

Semester 1 (60 Credits – 3 x © Modules and 30 Credits from the (O) Modules listed):

Analytical Methods 1** (10 Credits) ©
Maths and Quantitative Methods* (10 Credits) ©
The Nature of Matter 1* (10 Credits) ©
Archaeology of Human Remains (20 Credits) (O)
GIS for Practitioners (10 Credits) (O)
Introduction to Archaeozoology (10 Credits) (O)
Introduction to Forensic Archaeology (20 Credits) (O)
Semester 2 (60 Credits – 4 x © Modules and 20 Credits from the (O) Modules listed):

Analytical Methods 2** (10 Credits) ©
Research Skills (10 Credits) ©
Techniques and Interpretation in Instrumental Analysis (10 Credits) ©
Topics in Archaeometry (10 Credits) ©
Artefact Studies (20 Credits) (O)
Forensic Taphonomy (20 Credits) (O)
Funerary Archaeology (10 Credits) (O)
Past Environments (20 Credits) (O)
Site Evaluation Strategies (20 Credits) (O)
Soils and Chemical Prospection (10 Credits) (O)
End of Semester 2 onwards (60 Credits – 1 x © Module):

Dissertation (MSc) (60 Credits) ©
*If substantial prior experience in this module can be demonstrated, it may be substituted with another module

Career opportunities

The course prepares students not only for research in archaeological science, but also furthers career prospects in mainstream archaeology or scientific analysis. The course is well-suited both to students who wish to use it as a foundation from which to commence research or as vocational training to enhance employment prospects in archaeology.

Career destinations have included PhDs at Universities of York, Bradford, Oxford, Texas A&M, Catamarca; UNESCO research; archaeological project managers; conservation science and teaching.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States