About this program
Enhance your understanding of Archaeology by region and period, through a combination of taught modules and individual research in this flexible programme.
Renowned for our particular expertise in the British Isles, Europe and the Mediterranean area, our experts teach from the Neolithic through to the Celtic, Roman and Viking periods.
You will be able to critically assess the work of others and of your own, to engage effectively in debate at an advanced level, to plan, design and carry out a coherent research strategy, and to produce detailed and coherent reports and presentations. The wide-range of transferable skills acquired are a particular strength for the pursuit of careers outside of archaeology and the heritage sector.
In addition to our general MA Archaeology programme we offer three pathways to shape your studies. You can choose the pathway that best suits you. The pathway you choose will determine the modules you go on to study.
The three pathways are as follows:
The Neolithic encompasses some of the most important transformations in prehistory: people settling down, adopting and developing agriculture and animal husbandry, taking on new forms of material culture, extending networks of exchange, establishing long-lived sites and building monuments. These new practices were not just the result of new technologies or subsistence economies; they were deep rearrangements of the ways in which people lived their lives and how they structured their communities. The Neolithic therefore sets a series of unanswered questions about origins and identity, what people believed about the world, their past and themselves, the nature of their relations with others, and the rate and kind of change over several millennia.
The Prehistoric Britain pathway is designed to introduce students to the prehistory of Britain through a detailed examination of the archaeological record from Shetland to Cornwall and Kent. Cardiff University has long been a centre for research into British Prehistory. In the past staff and students from Cardiff University were involved in the iconic excavation at Stonehenge and Silbury Hill. Current staff have been involved in excavations throughout the country including at Avebury, Maiden Castle, Cladh Hallan and Skara Brae and at Ham Hill in Somerset, the largest hillfort in Britain. Research themes in the recent past have included the chronology of early agricultural communities, the nature of monumentality in the first millennium BC, the domestic wild dichotomy and animal life ways and the spatial organisation of settlements.
Early Medieval Society and Culture
In Britain and Ireland, the period AD 400-1100 witnessed some of the deepest and most lasting changes in society and culture in post-Roman Europe. Through the study of settlement forms and patterns, mortuary remains, artefacts, art, literature and place-names, the MA Archaeology Early Medieval Society and Culture sets the foundations of modern society, cultures and identities in Britain and Ireland within their proper European contexts. The rich archaeological sources are ideally suited for many developing analytical techniques, as well as for multidisciplinary approaches.
- Training in research methods and skills including writing and public speaking, interpreting and presenting data, and designing research projects
- Wide choice of topic, region, period and method-based optional modules
- Advanced research seminars tailored to specific student interests
- You may have the opportunity to build on your existing skill-set through participation in projects and excavations.
Applicants should normally possess a higher education degree with a first or good upper second class Honours (UK), or a qualification recognised by the University as equivalent to this. Applications should include a brief statement (500 words) on dissertation plans.
Applicants whose first language is not English will normally be expected to obtain a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall.
We welcome applications year-round but to commence your studies in any given year (starting September), you must submit your application by 1st August.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Postgraduate Skills in Archaeology and Conservation
- Skills and Methods for Postgraduate Study
- MA Archaeology Dissertation
- Biomolecular Archaeology
- Human Osteoarchaeology
- An Introduction to Celtic Mythology and Religion
- The Archaeology of Death and Commemoration
- Themes in Classical Archaeology
- Approaches to Ancient Art
- Scientific Approach in Conservation Practice
- Analysis in Heritage Science
- Collection Care in the Museum Environment
- Materials in the Museum Environment
- Special Topic: The Ancient World
- Special Topic: The Medieval World c. 500-1500 AD
- Later Prehistory of Britain
- Post-Roman Britain and Ireland
- Early Celts
- Viking Britain and Ireland
- Britain and the North Sea Region, from the 5th century to c. AD830
- Artefact Illustration
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
- Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students: £8,450 per year.
- Tuition fees for International Students: £19,450 per year.
For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.
What skills will I practise and develop?
- Intellectual skills, including the ability to critically evaluate evidence and its interpretation and to be tolerant of differing interpretations; to sustain a logical argument and reach a conclusion that can be defended; to synthesise and analyse information; to compare and contrast theoretical explanations and to integrate different methodologies.
- Communication skills, including the ability to communicate orally in an appropriate professional medium; to make presentations both as an individual and as part of a group; to write effectively at an advanced level.
- Numeracy skills, including the ability to display and present numerical data in appropriate formats; and to analyse numerical data and solve basic mathematical and statistical problems.
- Information technology skills, including the ability to produce and calculate values using a spreadsheet; to produce and query databases; to use e-mail, the Internet and the World Wide Web; to find, manage and utilise information and data.
- Personal skills, including the ability to manage workloads; to adapt and apply skills to new contexts; to assess and formulate priorities, constraints and goals and to adapt to changing circumstances.
A significant number choose to continue studies at PhD level.
Graduates of this and similar degree programmes have embarked on careers in a range of professions from academia, the heritage sector, journalism and law to media research (media, commercial, academic), teaching and publishing.
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Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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