Often a stepping-stone toward PhD studies, this course allows students considerable freedom in designing an independent course of study under the direction of a supervisor. Applicants will normally have already assembled an appropriate data set and questions for their dissertation at the time of application. The MPhil provides training in archaeological research methods and associated transferable skills, and the opportunity to complete a research thesis under academic guidance. This thesis and its topic are normally considered as a vehicle for working out detailed plans for pursuing a PhD, but may also be taken as a stand-alone one-year MPhil degree.
This course covers a broad range of scientific archaeological approaches with geo- and bioarchaeological foci, from theoretical, methodological and practical points of view. A series of recurrent case studies is used to introduce the questions, techniques and ideas applicable in each archaeological situation. In addition, this MPhil equips students with analytical skills in archaeological science.
The MSc in Archaeological Science provides a broad introductory education for those with a first degree in archaeology wishing to apply science-based research methods, or for those with a first degree in a science subject wishing to learn about specifically archaeological issues amenable to scientific methods.
The MSt in Archaeological Science provides a broad introductory education for those with a first degree in archaeology wishing to apply science-based research methods, or for those with a first degree in a science subject wishing to learn about specifically archaeological issues amenable to scientific methods.
The MSt in Archaeology provides an opportunity for you to build on your knowledge from undergraduate studies in archaeology, or to branch out into new areas of interest. The flexible courses allow you to put together a programme which suits your particular needs.
The MSt in Classical Archaeology is designed for those who wish to build on undergraduate studies in classical archaeology, as well as for those with experience in other areas of classical studies wishing to develop an understanding of the material culture.
The MSt in Islamic Art and Archaeology is a one-year degree which aims to provide tailor-made courses in order to train you at the beginning of your research in the history of Islamic art and architecture (to circa 1900) and in Islamic archaeology.
The MA at Durham University offers the chance to study archaeology at postgraduate level and specialise in a topic of your choice. With strands in Prehistoric and Historic archaeology, the archaeology of Egypt, Ancient India and the Near East and Landscapes of Eurasia, the MA provides the opportunity to further your research in archaeology with a view to doctoral level research or enhance your archaeological knowledge and pick up vital transferable skills ready for working in the commercial archaeology sector or in the wider employment market.
Research and Study Skills in Social Archaeology (RSS)
Iron Age Britain in its European Context
Continuity and Change in South Asia
Social Space & Community Organisation in Balkan Prehistory
Ancient Near East: Later Prehistory to Early Urban Societies
Roman Landscapes of the Mediterranean
Cultural Landscapes of Eurasia
Prehistoric Art in Europe
Burial and Commemoration in Britain AD400-1100
Neolithic Monuments in Atlantic Europe
Changing Mediterranean Townscapes
Archaeology of the Ancient Egyptian State
The Archaeology of Eastern Arabia
Digital Mapping & Spatial Analysis
The Anglo-Saxon World (AD400-1100)
Practical Research and Study Skills (PRSS) – 15 credits
Research Topics – 30 credits