This Masters course in Rome and the Mediterranean, focuses on the interpretation of archaeological findings from the roman empire, throughout Rome and it's surrounding Mediterranean settlements. You will acquire an understanding of recent and current theoretical developments as well as a familiarity with major sites and an ability to handle and identify certain categories of cultural material. There will be an opportunity to undertake some of the programme through a course at the British School at Rome; alternative modules are available in Southampton.
This programme is distinctive in exploiting the theoretical, thematic and methodological expertise of Archaeology at Southampton. An ideal choice for those who want to establish an exciting career in Roman archaeological research, heritage management, teaching and archaeological practice.
- You will acquire an understanding of recent and current theoretical developments in the interpretation of the archaeological evidence, as well as a familiarity with major sites and an ability to handle and identify certain categories of material culture.
- Through the range of options available, you will then have the opportunity to build up your knowledge of particular archaeological themes and approaches, applying them to specifically Roman material.
- The structure of the course is flexible enough to provide you with a thorough grounding in the archaeology of Rome and its provinces, whilst allowing you to develop your own specialist interests in the subject
- You can combine elements from other programmes such as ceramics and lithics, computing, osteology, and maritime to develop specific practical and research skills.
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Application process and required supporting documents
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This programme is divided into 180 credits. 120 credits are obtained from taught modules with the remaining 60 credits relating to the dissertation.
Duration: 1 year (full time); 2 years (part time)
Start date: October
Funding: AHRC Block Grant; Humanities studentships may be available
Closing date: 1st September
The Southampton pre-Masters can be taken if you have qualifications or grades that do not meet University of Southampton direct entry criteria but meet the minimum entry criteria for the pre-Masters further details). You will be guaranteed a place on your chosen masters degree programme subject to successfully completing the pre-Masters. Visit our pre-Masters Programme to find out more about these degree programmes.
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Southampton has long-standing expertise in Roman archaeology
We take a empire-wide perspective, with specialists on both eastern and western halves of the empire
Southampton has international specialists in Roman ceramics and Roman trade
Southampton is at the forefront of the application of social theory to the understanding of Roman imperialism and the emerging branches of Roman identity
We have links with heritage bodies and research projects both in the UK and abroad
Typical entry requirements
First- or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in Archaeology, Anthropology, or related subject
IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking, or equivalent in other approved English language test.
Average applications per place: 3
Academic entry requirements: First or upper second class honours degree, or equivalent in archaeology, anthropology, history or a cognate discipline.
English language entry requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking, or equivalent.
Selection process: Online application
Interview may be required on a case by case basis to assess suitability of course
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Typical course content
Dissertation: a 25,000 word dissertation on a Roman topic of your choice.
Subject to approval by the programme convenor, students with a strong interest in a particular research area may elect to take an Individually Negotiated Topic ARCH6123 in either semester 1 or semester 2 worth 15 credits, and/or ARCH6108 in semester 1 worth 30 credits.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:
|Printing and copying||Where possible, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently:
A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour).
Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy.
You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk
Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account.
You will be given a printing allowance of £1 per 7.5 ECTS ARCH towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts.
The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page
They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page ||£0.05-1.00|
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module. |
|Equipment||Laboratory equipment and materials:
All laboratory equipment and materials are provided.
|Fieldwork||Equipment and materials:
During your degree you are likely to go on a number of fieldtrips and to take part in fieldwork. The exact number and nature of these trips will depend on your module and fieldwork choices. However, wherever and whatever you do you are likely to need access to waterproofs, sturdy shoes or boots, a sun hat and a small rucksack. For some sites you may be asked to have steel toed boots.
For those qualified to do so, you may become involved in diving projects. In these circumstances you would normally be required to bring/hire your own mask, fins, snorkel, knife, exposure suit and dive watch (and if possible, dive computer).|
|Equipment||IT: Computer discs or USB drives
Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
|Equipment||IT: Software licenses
All software is provided.
It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus. |
|Clothing||Lab coats and safety spectacles:
One laboratory coat and a pair of safety spectacles are provided at the start of the programme to each student.|
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.