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What will I learn?

Overview

Master the skills of an archaeological scientist in a dynamic programme taught by leading practitioners. Our MSc Archaeological Science programme combines scientific training with thematic and period-based study, giving you the freedom to tailor your studies to suit your ambitions as a practising archaeological scientist or researcher. You’ll acquire first-hand experience and a thorough practical understanding of the scientific principles and analytical techniques at the centre of archaeological science. We create a sound base for you to maximise the impact of your research and propel your career forward. Whether you’re looking to take a general approach or to specialise in biomolecular archaeology, osteoarchaeology or zooarchaeology, you can create your own portfolio, blending modules by period, theme and skill. Our experts are leading on an exciting range of innovative projects spanning early prehistory to the present day in four major themes: human and animal lifeways; houses and the built environment; materiality; and the social significance of chronology. Our distinguished archaeology research seminar series provides further opportunities to engage with the latest national and international research developments. Pursuing your studies in our suite of purpose-built laboratories, furnished with bioarchaeology and bioanalytical facilities and comprehensive reference collections, you’ll have access to a wealth of specialist equipment. In-house resources range from scanning electron microscopy and fourier transform infrared to raman spectroscopy instrumentation and x-ray facilities. Alongside sample preparation equipment and a bespoke photography suite, we offer specialist visualisation technologies from digital microscopy and GIS to digital illustration.

Learning and assessment

MSc Archaeological Science commences with stage one, a seven month, taught component taken between September and May. You will complete taught modules totalling 120 credits, which can lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Archaeological Science. Teaching is delivered via lectures, laboratory sessions, interactive workshops and tutorials, in addition to visits to relevant local resources such as the National Museum Wales and local heritage organisations. Lectures take a range of forms but generally provide a broad structure for each subject, an introduction to key concepts and relevant up-to-date information. The Archaeological Science Master's provides students with bespoke training in scientific techniques during laboratory sessions. This includes developing practical skills in the identification, recording and analysis of archaeological materials during hands on laboratory sessions. Students will be able to develop specialist practical skills in at least one area of study. In workshops and seminars, you will have the opportunity to discuss themes or topics, to receive and consolidate feedback on your individual learning and to develop skills in oral presentation.

Which department am I in?

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
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Start date

26 September 2022

Venue

Cardiff University

PO Box 921,

Cardiff,

CF10 3XQ, Wales

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You will be required to have a bachelor's degree with good grades from recognised universities and colleges in the United States to be considered. A minimum GPA of at least 3.0 is usually required and admissions tutors will pay special attention to key subject classes. IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

For international students

The programme is suitable for Archaeology BSc, BA and other BSc graduates interested in acquiring multidisciplinary skills in this expanding area of archaeological science research. Applicants are required to have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree in Archaeology, History, Ancient History, Conservation & Heritage, Geology, Geography, Chemistry, Biology, Zoology. Students with a high 2:2 (57+) will only be considered in exceptional circumstances when they have relevant experience (e.g. field/laboratory work, or excellent marks in relevant modules).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Cardiff University

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