MA/MSc Maritime Archaeology
This MA/MSc aims to provide graduates in archaeology or closely related disciplines with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of applying archaeology in seas, rivers, lakes and intertidal environments. Intensive practical instruction in specific research skills and field techniques will be an integral part of many of the programme modules.
The Centre for Maritime Archaeology provides a focus for maritime archaeological research at the University of Southampton. Committed to the promotion and practice of maritime archaeology, we have provided world class expertise in research and education since 1995. Over this period we have established strong links with other UK universities, overseas academic institutions and the commercial sector.
Our research and fieldschool projects have a global scope, from the Solent to South Asia. Much of the work conducted within the Centre is multidisciplinary in nature, drawing on the University's established excellence in marine geophysics, history, geography, english, web science, computing, ship science and marine geoarchaeology.
All of the above has served to place the Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the forefront of maritime archaeological theory, method and practice in the academic and commercial spheres.
Investigation of the maritime past has gathered rapid momentum in recent years, becoming a dynamic and focused field of archaeology. As well as investigating submerged landscapes, settlements and shipwrecks, the whole 'coastal zone' is now being acknowledged as a priority in terms of protection, management and research. This MA/MSc aims to provide graduates in archaeology or closely related disciplines with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of applying archaeology in seas, rivers, lakes and intertidal environments. Intensive practical instruction in specific research skills and field techniques will be an integral part of many of the programme units.
The programme includes six taught units and a dissertation. Two core units are normally compulsory and cover the theory and methodology of maritime archaeology. The first, Maritime Aspects of Culture, is thematic and deals with the development and scope of the subject, current research, theoretical perspectives and central issues. The second, Archaeology Underwater, focuses on the practical application of archaeological principles in underwater environments and associated skills.
University of Southampton
International Student Requirements:
All students are required to satisfy the University's English Language requirements. If English is not your first language, you will be required to provide evidence of your proficiency through one of the approved tests listed on our website.