Teaching and research in archaeology has a distinguished tradition in the University of Edinburgh, where there are several clusters of specialist research areas. This programme explores some of the most important developments in human history and is designed to give you a sound knowledge and understanding of the subject, with special regard to:
• the history and development of the discipline
• links with the historical, social and natural sciences
• contemporary theoretical approaches
• current methodology and practice
• the study of specific regions or themes which may be of particular interest at masters, or future doctoral, level.
The programme can be taken full-time (over one year) or part-time (over two years). For the diploma stage of the degree, you are required to complete six courses over the two teaching semesters (September-April). These consist of three compulsory core courses (Research Sources and Strategies in Archaeology; Frontiers in Archaeology and Theoretical Archaeology) and three additional option courses.
In order to obtain the Masters degree (MSc), on completion of the coursework, students are required to produce a 15,000 word dissertation. Staff in Archaeology cover a wide range of specialist fields and periods of study and are happy to supervise dissertations in these and related areas. We can also draw on the expertise of colleagues in History and Classics within the School.
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