University of Sheffield

Department of Archaeology

MA Material Culture Studies


The University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield, England S10 2TN

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.-Material Culture Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Material culture lies at the heart of the discipline of archaeology. Material culture is the product of human creativity. It is one of the means through which people engaged within each other and with the social and natural worlds in which they lived – it was integral to their creation as individuals and as communities. It also survives to us in the present – and is the principle means through which we access their past and reconstruct their lifeways, beliefs and behaviour. Our MA in Material Culture Studies provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to carry out investigations of the material dimensions of human social and cultural life. We place a very strong emphasis on the `materiality´ of materials – on finding out what things were made from, on reconstructing the technological and social processes involved in their making, on understanding the implications of their materiality for the worlds in which they operated.

The programme is designed to appeal to all those who want to further their understanding and appreciation of the material evidence that is so central to the archaeological endeavour. We have designed specific `pathways´ for those who wish to use the programme as a platform for advanced independent research at doctoral level (Research Track), and for those who wish to use it as training for a future career in archaeology (in museums or archaeological field units, for example) and/or to enhance their existing skills-base (Vocational Track).


We are pleased to offer the Sheffield Scholarship 2016 to all US students commencing a Taught Masters programme in September 2016. The scholarships are: • £2,000 if your tuition fees are between £14,500 and £16,500 • £2,500 for each student paying fees of £16,501 and upwards We also offer scholarships of 50% of the course fee which will be offered on the basis of academic merit.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6 in each part), or TOEFL 600 with TWE 4.5 (paper based) or TOEFL 250 with TWE 4.5, or TOEFL 100 (iBT) or equivalent.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 13990 GBP

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