Investigation of the maritime past has gathered rapid momentum in recent years, becoming a dynamic and focused field of archaeology. As well as investigating submerged landscapes, settlements and shipwrecks, the whole 'coastal zone' is now being acknowledged as a priority in terms of protection, management and research.
This MA/MSc aims to provide graduates in archaeology or closely related disciplines with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of applying archaeology in seas, rivers, lakes and intertidal environments. Intensive practical instruction in specific research skills and field techniques will be an integral part of many of the programme modules.
The programmes on offer provide an excellent range of skills required by employers. Our recent graduates have moved on to work in various parts of the heritage sector, including local government, universities, national bodies, archaeological units and consultancy. A number of students also go on to further research, building upon the excellent technical and theoretical background provided. Employers like students with a mix of practical and desk-based skills. Specific areas developed during the units and as part of the dissertation include; familiarity with ArcGIS, GRASS and CAD, Rockworks, Web for Windows, GPS and GPR processing software, foreshore and underwater survey and recording, finds illustration and photography, first aid for finds from waterlogged contexts, how to run an archaeological survey, how to write a desk-based assessment and, how to record boat and ship structures.
This programme is divided into 180 credits. 120 credits are obtained from taught modules with the remaining 60 credits relating to the dissertation.
Typical course content
The programme includes six taught modules and a dissertation. Two core modules are normally compulsory and cover the theory and methodology of maritime archaeology. The first, Maritime Aspects of Culture, is thematic and deals with the development and scope of the subject, current research, theoretical perspectives and central issues. The second, Archaeology Underwater, focuses on the practical application of archaeological principles in underwater environments and associated skills.
Students may consider taking a 'free elective' as an option in both S1 and S2 - they should contact the MA Convenor if they wish to take a non-Archaeology module.
Students may also take an Individually Negotiated Topic in either semester one or two, ARCH6072
ARCH6011Maritime Aspects of Culture Optional:
ARCH6019Boats of the World: Traditions and Technologies of Ancient WatercraftARCH6021Ship Science in ArchaeologySOES6063Marine GeoArchaeologySemester Two
ARCH6012Archaeology Under WaterARCH6064Dissertation Optional:
ARCH6022Ancient Mediterranean SeafaringARCH6076Heritage Management and Conservation of Artefacts in the Coastal ZoneARCH6090IntellectualPlease note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide).
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
AHRC Block Grant; Humanities studentships may be available