The general objectives are to:

  • promote high conceptual and inquisitive skills in archaeological issues.
  • develop competencies within specialist archaeological areas.
  • generate interest for research in archaeology.

Career Prospects

Master of Arts in Archaeology degree programme is designed to enhance the competencies of graduates in the fields of human culture research, museum curation, cultural organization management, environmental management, heritage consultancy, parks and wildlife management and university lectureship.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for the programme, an applicant must have a good first degree in any of the following:

(1) Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

(2) History and Culture

(3) Anthropology, Ethnography, African Languages and Culture

(4) Visual or Fine Arts, Art History, Art Curatorship or approved equivalent from any recognized university

General Provisions

  • The degree programme shall be four semesters with residential contact time each semester.
  • The programme consists of core modules, electives, and a dissertation.
  • Students will study a total of twelve 4 credit modules plus a dissertation worth 12 credits.

To pass, a student is required to accumulate a minimum of 60 credits.


1. Continuous Assessment

Continuous assessment shall comprise of at least two assignments and shall constitute 40% of the final mark.

2. Examinations

Candidates will be required to sit for a four-hour examination in each module. The examination mark shall constitute 60% of the final mark.

3. In order to pass, a candidate should obtain at least 50% of continuous assessment and examination combined.

4. Dissertation

Refer to Section 8.0 of the General Academic Regulations.

Programme Structure

NB: The electives may be chosen from within the department or from other departments.

(Code) (Module Description) (Credits)

Level 1 Semester 1

  • MARC 701 African Archaeology 4
  • MARC 702 Interpreting Ceramics 4
  • MARC 703 Research Methods and Publications 4
  • MARC 704 Human Origins 4

Level 1 Semester 2

  • MARC 706 Spatial Analysis in Archaeology 4
  • MARC 707 Archaeology of Late Pleistocene and Holocene Hunter-Gatherers 4
  • MARC 709 Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology 1 4

Elective Module, Codes, and Titles

  • MARC 705 Anthropological Theory and the Philosophy of Rock Art 4
  • MARC 713 Theoretical Approaches in World Archaeology 4

Level 2 Semester 1

  • MARC 711 Rock Art of Africa 4
  • MARC 712 Archaeology and Ethnicity 4
  • MARC 714 Archaeometallurgy: Mining and Extractive Technology 4

Elective Module, Codes, and Titles

  • MARC 708 Rock Art Management 4
  • MARC 710 Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology II 4

Level 2 Semester 2

  • MARC 820 Dissertation 12

Other electives may be selected from the module offerings of the Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Studies or Master of Arts in Museum Studies.

Program taught in:
  • English

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