The School of Archaeology offers two masters degrees in Archaeological Science for those who wish to develop a broad but detailed grounding in the theory as well as practical experience in the major applications of science in archaeology. The Master of Studies (MSt) is a nine-month, full time taught course (equivalent to an Master of Arts (MA) in other institutions) whilst the Master of Science (MSc) is a twelve-month course. Both degree courses are based on the research strengths of the School.
The MSc degree consists of two nine-week terms of taught material and a five month research project. The MSt shares the taught component of the MSc course, but instead of the research project, the candidates are required to submit a 5000 word report on a practical project of approximately 6 weeks duration. Both degrees require candidates to submit a pre-set essay (of either 5,000 or 10,000 words) at the start of Trinity Term, on a topic to be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.
These courses are designed to give a broad but detailed grounding in the theory as well as practical experience in the major applications of science in archaeology. They are intended for archaeologists or scientists who wish to undertake research in archaeological science, or archaeologists who intend to pursue a career in the management of archaeological projects or become policy makers in this area and would like to have a sound understanding of the potential of science to elucidate archaeological problems. The MSc degree also provides the training for doctoral research.
Applicants may have either an archaeological or science degree, and it is advantageous to have some knowledge of both subjects.
Course Director: Dr Victoria Smith
Structure and assessment of MSt and MSc
Most students take all three Archaeological Science modules listed below, but it is possible, with the permission of the School of Archaeology's Graduate Studies Committee, to substitute one of the Archaeological Science modules for one of the Schedule B options from either the MSt in Archaeology or the MSt in Classical Archaeology. In addition, all MSt and MSc candidates will be required to submit a pre-set essay of either 5k or 10k words at the beginning of Trinity Term as well as a 5,000 word project (MSt) or 20,000 word dissertation (MSc) towards the end of their course.
The two structural options are summarised below:
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