This programme offers a unique opportunity to study the material evidence of our evolutionary history.
You will be trained in the practical analysis of Palaeolithic stone artefacts and encouraged to place this knowledge into a broad framework based on current interdisciplinary research. This will enable you to investigate the key questions in human evolution, including the development of technology and language; to understand the reasons why society evolved; and to participate in the long-running debate about the fate of the Neanderthals.
The course is aimed at two groups of people:
* Those with an undergraduate degree in archaeology who wish to prepare themselves for research work and PhD. Our course is designed as a bridge between the undergraduate and post-graduate experience, and the practical aspect of this is particularly important. Many of our students go on to achieve success at gaining Arts and Humanities Research Council funding for their PhD.
* People with a lively interest in Palaeolithic archaeology and human origins who may not wish to pursue a research career, but who would like to deepen their knowledge of this most fascinating aspect of archaeology.
Core modules: Analysis and interpretation of stone tools; Contexts for human origins research; Research skills
Two optional modules from: another Archaeology, Humanities or University MA programme (subject to approval)
Plus: Dissertation (15,000 words)
Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)
Assessment: Essays, practical assignments, projects/portfolios
Start date: October
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