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University of York

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of York

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Material culture tells the story of people and their things: allowing us insights into the significance that objects held for people in the past.

Interweaving practical and theoretical approaches to material culture, this course explores ethnoarchaeological and experimental archaeological approaches to objects, alongside functional analyses of a broad range of artefact types.

You will discover the theories underpinning our understanding of the material world while developing invaluable practical skills such as designing and executing your own experimental archaeology project, the analysis of microscopic wear and residue traces, working with objects from excavations and museum collections or making a short documentary film for the heritage sector.

Whatever your period of interest is, this course will equip you with the skills and experience you need to begin a career in cultural heritage, academia, or commercial archaeology.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world?leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Careers and skills

This course will equip you for a number of careers in a diverse range of sectors, including the heritage sector, commercial archaeology, film, television and journalism. It will also give you a solid foundation for further study and research within academia.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 18,700per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of York

  • University League Table

    18th

  • Campus address

    University of York, Heslington, York, York, YO10 5DD, England

Inspiring teaching delivered by leading academics, integrated with award-winning employability programmes, equips students for the international labour market.
A diverse campus community of students from over 150 countries that offers a lifelong global alumni network.
Specialist international student support includes orientation, immigration advice, Language Skills Centres, and International Pathway College programmes.

Subject rankings

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    11th out of 33 2

    12th out of 26 6

    18th out of 105 2

  • Entry standards

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    134 69%

    9th

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  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64.0 64%

    16th

    6
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.26 85%

    10th

    5
  • Entry standards

    / Max 220
    146 73%

    18th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%

    7th

    4
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.01 80%

    14th

    1
  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    137 71%

    29th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%

    9th

    9
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.83 77%

    78th

    13

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