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V400 MSc Archaeology (1 year)

This programme is a pathways-based research degree, with a strong emphasis on the development of skills and specialisms in Higher Archaeological Practice, Palaeoanthropology or Bioarchaeology. You may choose to focus on one of these areas, or alternatively you may prefer to acquire a broad range of skills across these specialisms.

Introducing your degree

You will engage with hands-on, real-world archaeological materials and situations, including opportunities to collaborate with a range of stakeholders and partners in the archaeological sector through a professional placement. By these means you will acquire skills for vocational employment or subsequent PhD research. Your programme will be embedded within Southampton Archaeology’s distinctive research culture, with world-class expertise, diverse practice, and contacts with the commercial environment and the heritage sector.

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Overview

The MSc Archaeology offers you a choice of modules from all specialisms with no requirement to focus on a specific area. You may also choose to specialise in pathways Higher Archaeological Practice Palaeoanthropology and Bioarchaeology 

Important aspects of the programme are available across all specialisms. These include the compulsory dissertation module, which should focus on an area of your specialism, if you have chosen one. Furthermore, modules from each pathway are open to you as options, regardless of your chosen specialism. By these means you will be able to build a personalised and flexible programme tailored to your needs.

This programme includes opportunities for credit-bearing placements within organisations involved in commercial archaeology, heritage management, fieldwork projects and/or museums. The placements are typically organised by the University, and may be available to students following all specialisms, or crossing between them.

View the programme specification for this course for 2017/18 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in archaeology, anthropology, geography, biology, history or a related 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 an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in other approved English language test.

Mature Applicants

Studying for a degree later in life can be extremely rewarding and mature students are often among our most successful. If you are over 21 and feel you would benefit from degree-level studies, we can be more flexible about our entry requirements. For full-time courses, selectors will expect you to demonstrate your commitment by means of some recent serious study, for example, one or two A level passes, successful completion of an Open University foundation course or an appropriate Access course. We will also take relevant professional experience into account. Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The University has a Recognition of Prior Learning Policy. Students are accepted under this policy; however, each case will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Selection process

Selection of candidates will be based on the university regulations as set out in the Calendar, Section IV - Regulations for Admission to Degree Programmes, with additional guidance found in the University of Southampton Admissions Policy document.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

Programme content will vary depending on the specialism that you follow. Each specialism is consolidated by means of compulsory modules that offer firm foundations in your chosen area. This is complemented by diverse optional modules that allow you the flexibility to build a bespoke skill-set appropriate to your chosen career path. Engagement with partners in the commercial sector will allow you to experience a range of approaches to archaeological practice and their articulation with research-based approaches.

Year 1

Please note that where a list of options has been given, this is an indicative list and we cannot guarantee to offer every option each year.

Your programme of study may include up to 30 credits drawn from level 6 (undergraduate year 3) modules that have not previously been studied.

Where students can demonstrate equivalent previous knowledge, compulsory modules may be substituted for equivalent credit value by agreement with the course coordinator.

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
ARCH6064Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Optional
ARCH3008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3044Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6121Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6126Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6127Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6412Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6414Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6417Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA6017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
ARCH6064Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Optional
ARCH3011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3036Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3042Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6119Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6120Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6122Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6128Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6411Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6413Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6418Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6420Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
2019Full-time£9,250£18,104
2019Part-time£4,625£9,052
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Commonwealth Shared Scholarship 2018

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission offers scholarships which provide full funding for tuition fees, fares and living costs. These scholarships are available to students from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries for select Masters programmes. The University of Southampton welcomes multiple Commonwealth Scholars each year.

The following nine subject areas have now been approved for 2018 entry:

· MSc Applied Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing (AGISRS)

· MSc Archaeology

· MSc Demography

· MSc Energy and Sustainability

· MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology

· MSc Gerontology

· MSc Project Management

· MSc Public Health

· MRes Wildlife Conservation

Application process: Candidates should apply to BOTH the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission via Electronic Application System (EAS)

and to the University of Southampton via Postgraduate applications

Eligibility: Holders of a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) in a relevant field, who are permanently residing in one of the following countries: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, or Zambia.

Opening date: 23 February 2018.

Closing date: 10 April 2018.

 

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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:

TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingWhere 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: https://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: https://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:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou 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.
BooksBooks and Stationery Equipment (such as Lab equipment, Field Equipment, Art equipment.
EquipmentMaterials (such as laboratory materials, textbooks, drawing paper, fabric, thread, computer disks, Sheet Music, software licenses).
ClothingClothing (such as Protective Clothing, Lab Coats, specific shoes and trousers).
FieldworkField Trips (including accommodation costs for the field trips).
PlacementsAccommodation costs near the placement and any additional insurance costs during Work Experience and Placements. Travel Costs for placements, field trips and to and from the University and various campus locations (including travel insurance) beyond any travel costs provided by the University for students taking the ARCHXXXX Professional Placement module. Paying for immunisation and vaccination costs before being allowed to attend placements. Obtaining Disclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance Subsistence Costs.

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.

Learning & Assessment

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