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MPhil in Archaeological Science

University of Cambridge

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  • Qualification

    MPhil - Master of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Cambridge

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    11 months

Course summary

This MPhil aims to introduce students to the main theories and research approaches in archaeological science, particularly within the fields of archaeological materials science, geoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, genetics and isotopic and biomolecular archaeology. The aims include:

  • To provide a wide-ranging and challenging introduction to the theoretical issues involved in archaeological science.
  • To provide an in-depth understanding of approaches to scientific analysis and interpretation in the context of archaeological research.
  • To foster the ability to develop original research questions and to explore them effectively using scientific methods.
  • To provide training relevant to a professional and/or research career in archaeological science.



The dissertation is an extended piece of independent, original research. Students work with their supervisor to
formulate a dissertation project, carry out research and write it up. The topic of the dissertation has to be approved by the Faculty Degree Committee. The dissertation is of maximum 15,000 words (exclusive of tables, figures, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices) and is due at the end of August; it counts for 50 per cent of the student’s final mark.


Assessment for the modules offered for the MPhil in Archaeological Science varies as appropriate to the aims of the modules, but can include assessed essays, laboratory reports, literature reviews and presentations. All work is double-marked and reviewed by the Department’s external examiner to ensure fairness and consistency.

Upon successful completion of this MPhil, students should have:

  • Gained a detailed understanding of current theoretical and practical perspectives in archaeological science.
  • Developed their critical faculties in a discussion, debate, and evaluation of alternative interpretations and perspectives on scientific data.
  • Developed transferable skills such as writing, presentation, data analysis and laboratory protocols
  • Carried through a substantial programme of independent research embodied in a dissertation on a topic that demonstrates theoretical understanding and practical competence in science-based archaeological analysis and interpretation.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 26,208overall cost

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 Cambridge

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  • Campus address

    University of Cambridge, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1TN, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    1st out of 32

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    201 100%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    85 85%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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