Archaeology MA / Diploma / Certificate Cultural Archaeology pathway

The Archaeology MA: Cultural Archaeology pathway focuses on cultural interpretation in archaeology, both in relation to specific cultures/periods and current research themes, with opportunities to specialise in a range of subjects, including material culture studies, funerary archaeology, British and European prehistory, and Greek and Roman archaeology. It is an ideal foundation for doctoral research in all fields of cultural archaeology, as well as training in practical and research skills for careers in archaeology and heritage.

We offer the flexibility to upgrade from Certificate to Diploma level and from Diploma to Masters level during your programme as you develop your postgraduate studies. We also offer a Landscape Archaeology pathway on the Archaeology MA.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: MA - 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time; Diploma - 8 months full-time, 16 months part-time; Certificate - 4 months full-time

Start date: September

Details

You will study three core modules on archaeological theory and interpretation, material culture and funerary archaeology. In addition, MA and Diploma students will choose three optional modules from a wide range examining particular regions and periods from prehistory to the present day, as well as themes such as cultural landscapes and conflict archaeology.

Research training is provided for all postgraduate students, and MA students put this into practice by researching a topic of your own choice for a supervised 15,000 word dissertation.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are as follows: 

MA

  • Home / EU: £5,940 full-time; £2,970 part-time
  • Overseas: £13,665 full-time

Diploma

  • Home/EU: £3,960 full-time; £1,980 part-time
  • Overseas: £13,665 full-time

Certificate:

  • Home/EU: £1,980 full-time
  • Overseas: £6,832.50 full-time

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Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

University of Birmingham graduates - including those due to graduate in summer 2014 - may be entitled to a fee reduction through the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.

Entry requirements

  • For the MA programme, we normally require a 2:1 degree, or equivalent, in a discipline relevant to the selected pathway
  • For the PG Diploma and PG Certificate programmes, we normally require a 2:2 degree, or equivalent

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International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

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Learning and teaching

You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.

Support with academic writing

As a postgraduate student in the College of Arts and Law, you have access to the Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) which aims to help your transition from undergraduate to taught Masters level, or back into academia after time away. The service offers guidance on writing assignments and dissertations for your MA/MSc programme with individual support from an academic writing advisor via tutorials, email and the provision of online materials.

International students can access support through the English for International Students Unit (EISU).

Employability

The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Graduates with a postgraduate degree in Archaeology can boast a wide combination of skills that can be applied in many types of work and which employers regard very positively. That’s why historically, over 91% of our postgraduates have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.