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Archaeological Science (MSc)

Cardiff University

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Cardiff University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

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.

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University information

Cardiff University

  • University League Table

    25th

  • Campus address

    Cardiff University, PO Box 921, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3XQ, Wales

Cardiff University has a welcoming and vibrant international community, with over 8,600 students coming from more than 130 countries.
Cardiff is a truly global institution, with more than 200 partnerships and formal research links worldwide giving its students access to unique opportunities.
In addition to a wide range of support services, your studies will be guided by a personal tutor able to give you both academic and professional advice.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    13th out of 33 12

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    122 62%

    15th

    5
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82.0 82%

    2nd

    19
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.86 77%

    26th

    3

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