Masters Programs in Archaeology

Compare 18 Masters Programs in Archaeology

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A master's degree is an opportunity for college graduates to specialize in a field of study. Completing the degree often involves taking a number of required courses and undertaking an individual research project.

What is a Master in Archaeology? Archaeology is the mapping of human history through the study of physical artifacts. Master's degree students in this field have quite a bit to learn, including excavation techniques. Before participating at an excavation worksite, students must hone the technical worksite skills that will allow them to carefully uncover and properly preserve artifacts. The program curriculum can also involve courses in human history, anthropology and art history. Those students who are looking to focus their careers on a given geographic area may also need to take regional studies classes.

The clearest benefit to this path of study is the opportunity it grants students to uncover history. Archaeology can be very rewarding work, particularly when it comes to excavating and interpreting ancient artifacts. The coursework of these programs often allows students a fair amount of field research time, which gives them a sense for this perk of the discipline.

In terms of the expense to obtain a master's degree in archaeology, schools generally vary in terms of cost. If you would like to inquire about a program's tuition and enrollment fees, contact the admissions office directly.

A Master in Archaeology prepares students for rewarding work in the joint fields of archaeology and history. Apart from working as archaeologists, graduates can go on to pursue careers as research historians, professors and museum managers. These are intellectually stimulating and engaging professions that require a high level of expertise, and a Master in Archaeology provides the ideal foundation for these careers.

Students who are interested in learning more about the many archaeology programs around the world can begin their research with our searchable database. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master's Programme in Archaeology - Theory and Practice

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Sweden Lund

This programme combines high scientific and theoretical standards with intensive practical training within archaeology, cultural heritage and museology. [+]

Programme overview

This programme combines high scientific and theoretical standards with intensive practical training within Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museology. You will be trained in how to excavate and document the past, how to preserve artefacts and buildings and how to communicate your findings and research results to a wider audience.

Special features of the programme:

    Project-based learning     Archaeological Field School at the Viking Age site of Uppåkra     A wide range of courses with direct link to our professors' current research projects, like Buildings as Archaeology, Digital Archaeology With Focus on GIS and Virtual Reality. ... [-]

MA In Literature And Biblical Archeology

Universidad Pontificia De Salamanca
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Spain Salamanca Israel Jerusalem + 2 more

The Bible is primarily a religious book. It contains a series of writings in which the first Jewish tradition and Christian have since recognized the word of God. [+]

Program Description The Bible is primarily a religious book. It contains a series of writings in which the first Jewish tradition and Christian have since recognized the word of God. But the Bible is also an important historical source of the cultural roots of the West. This master, taught in Salamanca and in Jerusalem, offers the possibility of being familiar with biblical texts and their vital context through direct contact with the scenarios in which they were born. GOALS Provide a critical and rigorous access to the Bible through an instrumental mastery of their languages, the practice of exegesis of his texts and knowledge of the context in which they were born. Special emphasis on knowledge of the context, especially from the point of view of archeology Professional profiles Historians and historians of antiquity Archeologists and archeologists of the ancient Middle East Pilgrimages guides Teachers of religion Curriculum The first semester courses in Salamanca: language courses and exegesis. The second in Jerusalem (in Italian language) courses exegesis and archeology tours (http://sbf.custodia.org/) In both cases, the students, according to the director of the master, choose the subjects developing a customized program. Throughout the course, students prepare the final report under the guidance of a specialist teacher in the field. During the first semester, those students or students who do not possess a knowledge of the Italian language should perform on their own an Italian language course to enable them to follow the classes of the second semester in Jerusalem. Methodology Face,... [-]

Master's Degree In Archeology And Heritage

UAM Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Campus Full time Part time 2 semesters September 2017 Spain Madrid + 1 more

Its basic objective is to train archaeologists able to function in the scientific and professional, with full mastery of the methods and techniques of archeology own: material culture and its heritage dimension in relation to the archaeological heritage. [+]

Masters in Archaeology. Its basic objective is to train archaeologists able to function in the scientific and professional, with full mastery of the methods and techniques of archeology own: material culture and its heritage dimension in relation to the archaeological heritage. Trained to perform the profession of technical archaeologist and expert in historical and archaeological heritage. Similarly, it is necessary for those who want to opt for a regular, essential for the development of university teaching career and research dissertation. The breakdown of general and specific competences of the title can be seen in the verification report title, available on this page. Recommended profile To access the official teachings of the Master Spanish or foreign accredited official university degree is required. It is aimed especially at graduates and graduates in History, Art History, Geography, Classical Philology and Fine Arts. The Admission Committee may consider other options. Applications submitted will be considered in accordance with the following criteria: academic level expressed in the record (notes), awards, etc. Complementary studies of interest (ancient and modern languages, instrumental knowledge, etc.). expectations expressed in the application (academic or professional). if necessary and at the discretion of the Admission Committee may be requested interviews with applicants. In weighing the above aspects shall take particular account, with a value of 30% of the overall assessment, each of the first three points. Access and admission IT IS IMPORTANT make application for admission to the first deadline (March 1st to May 31, 2017), although they have not completed... [-]

Masters in Conservation Science and Technology for Cultural Heritage

Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Campus Full time October 2017 Italy Venice

The Master’s degree Programme prepares experts (conservation scientists) in the diagnostic and conservation of cultural heritage, providing solid interdisciplinary scientific training that combines chemistry, physics, biology, computer science and geology with innovative technologies for storage of artifacts. [+]

Masters in Conservation Science and Technology for Cultural Heritage The Master’s degree Programme prepares experts (conservation scientists) in the diagnostic and conservation of cultural heritage, providing solid interdisciplinary scientific training that combines chemistry, physics, biology, computer science and geology with innovative technologies for storage of artifacts. The training course is designed to prepare a professional figure able to interact with experts in other disciplines involved in the process of the protection and conservation of cultural assets, acting as a technical and scientific reference. The graduate will be able to design and test new technologies for restoration work, to develop projects for prevention of damage and maintenance of cultural heritage and to run diagnostic tests for the characterization of artifacts. All information regarding terms and conditions and registration times will be posted soon. Overview Level of qualification Master’s degree programme Where Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics Scientific Campus, via Torino 155, 30170 Venezia Mestre (Italy) For information please contact us. Access to the programme Unlimited, with the possession of minimum entry requirements (20 places are reserved for non-EU students residing abroad). Admission requirements Admission onto the course requires the fulfillment of minimum curricular requirements and adequate personal preparation. You must also have a certified knowledge of English at least level B2. Admission requirements are verifiable on the relevant web page. [-]

Interuniversity Master's Degree In Archeology

Universidad de La Laguna
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Spain Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Joint Masters in Archaeology, conducted by the University of La Laguna and the University of Las Palmas, is integrated into the new postgraduate studies, according to the guidelines for the development of the European Higher Education Area. [+]

Masters in Archaeology. The Joint Masters in Archaeology, conducted by the University of La Laguna and the University of Las Palmas, is integrated into the new postgraduate studies, according to the guidelines for the development of the European Higher Education Area. This master offers the opportunity to access specialized training and professional oriented research in archeology activity. Obtaining the title will give access to a doctoral program at both universities. GOALS Knowledge and understanding that provide a basis or opportunity for originality in developing and / or applying ideas, often in a research context. That the students can apply their knowledge and their ability to solve problems in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study. That students are able to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate judgments based on information that was incomplete or limited, includes reflections on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments. Students can communicate their conclusions (and the knowledge and rationale underpinning) to specialists and non-specialists in a clear and unambiguous manner. Students must possess the learning skills that enable them to continue studying in a way that will be largely self-directed or autonomous. Ability to reconstruct the past of mankind critically from the archaeological record, identifying the various aspects that illustrate chronological, cultural, economic or ideological issues. Ability to understand the different cultures of the past, with an open, pluralistic and respectful perspective. Ability to apply appropriate methods of search,... [-]

Master in Prehistoric Archaeology

University of Geneva
Campus Full time 4 semesters February 2018 Switzerland Geneva

The Master in Prehistoric Archaeology addresses themes such as general prehistory, the prehistory and protohistory of Europe and Africa, ethnoarchaeology, theoretical archaeology, palaeoanthropology and archaeozoology. Close ties have been established with the Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences programmes. Archaeological digs form a significant part of the curriculum. There is also a focus on learning analytical methods and techniques, emphasising the links between theory and practice. [+]

Master in Prehistoric Archaeology The Master in Prehistoric Archaeology addresses themes such as general prehistory, the prehistory and protohistory of Europe and Africa, ethnoarchaeology, theoretical archaeology, palaeoanthropology and archaeozoology. Close ties have been established with the Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences programmes. Archaeological digs form a significant part of the curriculum. There is also a focus on learning analytical methods and techniques, emphasising the links between theory and practice. Curriculum Required courses (48Credits) : Neolithic Europe; Europe in the Bronze and Iron Ages; Paleolithic and Neolithic of Africa; Metal Ages in Africa; Theoretical Archaeology; Ethnoarchaeology; Archaeozoology; Palaeoanthropology, etc... Internship with an archaeological dig Electives (48Credits) : The choices must be approved by the person in charge of MA dissertation. Dissertation (48Credits) Mobility Students may earn up to 30 credits while on exchange. They may also conduct research outside the university, under the supervision of a faculty member, or do a work placement at a leading external laboratory in order to complete their Master’s degree. www.unige.ch/exchange Opportunities The Master in Prehistoric Archaeology leads to a number of professions both in Switzerland and abroad, including: Arcahaeologist(e.g at cantonal archaeology departments and international preventive archaeology programmes in Africa) Teacher and scientific researcher Museum curator Culture-related occupations Secondary school teacher, etc. Admission Criteria A Bachelor in Biology with a concentration in Prehistory, Biology, Archeology or a degree deemed equivalent. Completion of complementary credits could be asked. Applications Deadline: 30 April 2017* (28 February 2017 for applicants who require a visa under Swiss Confederation... [-]

Masters Programme in Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage

Sapienza University of Rome
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Rome

The Masters Programme in Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage trains experts in Archaeometry and Conservation Science. The programme provides students with specialist skills in the multi-analytical characterization of a wide range of materials related to archaeology and cultural heritage, scientific methods and advanced technologies in the study of conservation. [+]

Masters in Archaeology. The Masters Programme in Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage trains experts in Archaeometry and Conservation Science. The programme provides students with specialist skills in the multi-analytical characterization of a wide range of materials related to archaeology and cultural heritage, scientific methods and advanced technologies in the study of conservation. In particular, graduates will acquire: ability to work in a research area with a strong multidisciplinary nature ranging from sciences to humanities; expertise in analytical techniques, scientific methods of investigation and data interpretation for the recovery and conservation of cultural heritage; advanced skills in the analysis of the interaction between cultural heritage and the chemical-physical environment; advanced knowledge of archaeometric applications in a range of fields. Graduates in Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage carry out a wide range of activities in different Institutions involved in the management and conservation of cultural heritage, including government institutions, museums, archives and international organizations devoted to the conservation of cultural heritage, as well as companies and professional organizations working on the conservation, restoration and protection of cultural heritage will also be involved. Career Opportunities Graduates in Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage carry out a wide range of activities in different Institutions involved in the management and conservation of cultural heritage, including Government Institutions, Museums, and Archives, International Organizations devoted to the conservation of cultural heritage. Companies and professional organizations working in the field of conservation, restoration and protection of cultural... [-]

Master In Archaeology And History Of Art

University of Cagliari
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Cagliari

Graduates will be qualified to work at levels of high competence in museums, Superintendents, specialized libraries in Archaeology and Art History, local authorities and various institutes engaged in research and enhancement of archaeological, historical and artistic ... [+]

Graduates will be qualified to work at levels of high competence in museums, Superintendents, specialized libraries in Archaeology and Art History, local authorities and various institutes engaged in research and exploitation of the archaeological, historical and artistic heritage. final test characteristics The final examination for the award of the qualification in the exposition will consist of a written paper on a novel topic to be agreed with one of the teachers of the course. The report must have a contributory and non-compile-and will have to be longer than 2000 characters in 50 folders. Through discussion, the candidate will be able to demonstrate the specialized level of knowledge and skills acquired in the single discipline and within the subject area concerned, with attention to related areas. Skills required for access For access to the degree required a substantial initial preparation in possession of basic knowledge in the field of archeology, art history, history, laws of the Cultural Heritage and basic computer skills already acquired before the assessment of individual preparation, preferably through an undergraduate program in cultural heritage. In particular, students must have completed at least 12 credits in the field of historical disciplines; at least 12 credits in the field of ancient and medieval civilization; at least 60 credits within the disciplines relating to the historical archaeological and artistic heritage, archive and library, social anthropology and environmental; at least 6 credits in the context of the legislation and management of Cultural Heritage. For testing a multiple choice quiz testing is... [-]

University/Inter-university Master’s Degree in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution (Erasmus Mundus)

Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Spain Tarragona Portugal Tomar France Bordeaux Barcelona + 5 more

This master's degree has three main areas: research into human palaeoecology and prehistory, palaeoanthropology, geology and palaeoontology of the Quaternary; archaeological intervention; and the management, conservation and socialisation of archaeological heritage. It shares objectives and educational activities with the degrees in History and Anthropology and Human Evolution through introductory subjects to... [+]

Masters in Archaeology. Master in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution (Erasmus Mundus) This master's degree has three main areas: research into human palaeoecology and prehistory, palaeoanthropology, geology and palaeoontology of the Quaternary; archaeological intervention; and the management, conservation and socialisation of archaeological heritage. It shares objectives and educational activities with the degrees in History and Anthropology and Human Evolution through introductory subjects to a specialisation in archaeology. It offers a specialised, career-oriented degree designed to prepare students for research in the field of Quaternary archaeology without neglecting the important demands of society and the labour market. It aims to train students to evaluate and draw up reports on archaeological interventions so that they can work as specialists in the field of archaeology or in the management of archaeological heritage Career opportunities Research in Quaternary archeology and human evolution, with specialisations in the disciplinary branches, including field and rescue archeology, dissemination and museumisation of human evolution and Quaternary archeology, and conservation and restoration of archaeological material of the Pleistocene. Timetable Classes are held in the morning and afternoon/evening from Monday to Friday. The face-to-face part of each subject is concentrated in two weeks. Language of instruction Catalan/Spanish/English Participating universities University of Ferrara (Italy) Polytechnic Institute of Tomar (Portugal) University of Tràs-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal) National Museum of Natural History (Paris, France) FIRST YEAR: Compulsory subjects Computer Science and Statistics Applied to Archaeology Geology of the Quaternary Prehistory of Asia and Oceania Prehistory in Europe Prehistory in Africa Excavation and Record... [-]

University/Inter-university Master’s Degree in Classical Archaeology

Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Campus Full time 18 months October 2017 Spain Tarragona Portugal Tomar France Bordeaux Barcelona + 5 more

The curriculum of the Master's Degree in Classical Archaeology is divided into three semesters that can be taken in two years, at the end of which students must submit and present their master's degree thesis... [+]

Inter-university Master in Classical Archaeology The curriculum of the Master's Degree in Classical Archaeology is divided into three semesters that can be taken in a year and a half, at the end of which students must submit and present their master's degree thesis. The course is divided into subjects with the following content: Introduction to methodology and content that is of general use for the discipline. Professional-track content. Focusing on specific research areas in the field of classical archeology. Chronological periods or concepts in classical history and archeology. There are three priority areas of specialisation: Landscape archaeology Archeology of architecture Archaeology of cultural material Students will be provided with basic, methodological, technological and advanced training. Students will also do work experience that familiarises them with fieldwork, archaeological management, research or museum management. Career opportunities Graduates are capable of working in the fields bellow: Archaeological companies and cultural industries Public authorities (municipal, regional, provincial and state authorities) Museums Research in universities and research centres Timetable Classes are held in the morning and afternoon/evening, mainly at the Faculty of Arts of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and at the Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology. Some subjects are taught at the Faculty of Arts of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Blended learning subjects are also taught through on the URV's and UAB's virtual campuses. Language of instruction Catalan/Spanish. Occasional seminars in English, French or Italian FIRST YEAR: Compulsory subjects Historical Evolution of the Landscape: Palaeoenvironment and GIS Drawing and Restoration Techniques for Architecture... [-]

Masters in Historical Studies

Nalanda University
Campus Full time 4 semesters August 2017 India Delhi

The School of Historical Studies (SHS) is a dynamic community of faculty members and graduate students, engaged in a systematic and rigorous enquiry into some of the fundamental questions that concern historical experiences within and beyond Asia. The five thrusts of the School, Archaeology, Asian Interconnections, Art History, Global History and Economic History, are built on the foundation of ancient Nalanda, chiefly its role as a conduit of India's vibrant intellectual, religious and economic linkages with the world, and the aim of the School Of Historical Studies is to open new frontiers of knowledge on interconnections between history, memory and time in Asian and non-Asian cultural, historical and philosophical contexts is also inspired and sustained by the glorious scholastic legacy of ancient Nalanda. [+]

Masters in Archaeology. The School of Historical studies The School of Historical Studies (SHS) is a dynamic community of faculty members and graduate students, engaged in a systematic and rigorous enquiry into some of the fundamental questions that concern historical experiences within and beyond Asia. The five thrusts of the School, Archaeology, Asian Interconnections, Art History, Global History and Economic History, are built on the foundation of ancient Nalanda, chiefly its role as a conduit of India's vibrant intellectual, religious and economic linkages with the world, and the aim of the School Of Historical Studies is to open new frontiers of knowledge on interconnections between history, memory and time in Asian and non-Asian cultural, historical and philosophical contexts is also inspired and sustained by the glorious scholastic legacy of ancient Nalanda. Students in the School of Historical Studies will gain an incisive knowledge of comparative and trans-regional history as well as global history, and develop a thorough understanding of methodological and theoretical issues, critical for multidisciplinary historical research. The overriding aim of SHS is to equip students with the required skill and capability to carry out original and innovative research based on archaeological findings, archival sources in classical and modern languages and field research. The School of Historical Studies encourages collaborative research with students and faculty from affiliated universities and institutions, study abroad experience, and training in an Indian and/or a foreign language. Students are expected to pursue interdisciplinary research, choose courses relevant to their research interests in other disciplines/schools... [-]

Master in Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam Rotterdam + 1 more

Archaeologists with a Master's in Mediterranean Archaeology are exceptionally suited to follow a professional career in archaeology. They will have... [+]

Master in Mediterranean Archaeology

 

A shared strength of the UvA and VU Amsterdam is their long tradition of conducting research in the Mediterranean area. This can be seen from the large amount of fieldwork projects in Italy and Greece, as well the museum collections in the Allard Pierson Museum. The two specialisations interlink with the long, yet very current, disciplinary traditions of the UvA and VU Amsterdam, which include attention for the study of the basis of archaeology, objects and – for interaction and connection – also creators and users.

 

 

Two specializations

The master's programme Mediterranean Archaeology offers two specializations:Issues of objects and peoples... [-]


Master in Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam Rotterdam + 1 more

The Master’s programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage is not fixed to geographical or chronological boundaries, but deals thematically with archaeological... [+]

Master in Landscape and Heritage

 

The Master’s programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage is not fixed to geographical or chronological boundaries, but deals thematically with archaeological landscapes and archaeological heritage in many different societies. In the specialization Landscape Archaeology, the cultural landscape will be addressed from many perspectives. The specialization Archaeological Heritage focuses on the varieties of meanings that archaeological remains can obtain in modern society.

 

 

Specializations

 

The Master's programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage distinguishes two specializations:

Landscape ArchaeologyLandscape archaeology is a specialism which is well developed at VU Amsterdam and the UvA. The Netherlands (large scale excavations) and the Mediterranean (surface surveys) form the historical landscapes on which fieldwork is conducted, and are also the focal points for ongoing research projects about the use of GIS in archaeology and villa landscapes in the north of the Roman Empire.Core themes in the programme are: ecological and economic dimensions of interrelationship between man and landscape; the historical stratification of landscapes; the ‘past in the past’; landscape and identity.... [-]


Master in Classics and Ancient Civilizations (research)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam Rotterdam + 1 more

The research Master’s programme aims to deliver well equipped researchers in the field of Ancient Studies. It focuses on the cultures and societies of the... [+]

Master in Classics and Ancient Civilizations (research)

 

The research Master’s programme aims to deliver well equipped researchers in the field of Ancient Studies. It focuses on the cultures and societies of the Mediterranean region, Western Europe and Western Asia in the period from c. 1000 BC to 500 AD.The programme offers a good mix of disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and research. Disciplinary because the programme builds on the specializations offered in your Bachelor’s programme; interdisciplinary because you make use of the results of related disciplines during the so-called ‘core modules’ . These are two interdisciplinary tutorials, in which members of the teaching staff from various disciplines from the department of Ancient Studies and Archaeology teach you how to approach a shared research theme from different perspectives and to provide theoretical underpinning for this theme.Opting for the research Master’s programme will bring you into an inspiring research environment. The department of Ancient Studies and Archaeology has been extremely successful of recent years in creating research opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral research students, including large thematic projects which have room for a number of doctoral and postdoctoral research students.... [-]


Master in Archaeology: Archaeology of North Western Europe

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam Rotterdam + 1 more

The Master’s programme in Archaeology of North Western Europe covers the period from the Late Iron Age into the Early Modern period. The two specialisations... [+]

Master in Archaeology of North Western Europe

 

The Master’s programme in Archaeology of North Western Europe covers the period from the Late Iron Age into the Early Modern period. The two specialisations in this programme are Late Iron Age and Roman archaeology of North Western Europe and Medieval and Early Modern archaeology.Vrije Universieit Amsterdam has a leading position in research and teaching in the field of late prehistory and the Roman era in Western Europe, with special reference to Dutch archaeology, while archaeology of the Middle Ages and the early modern period is one of the  specialisms at the University of Amsterdam. The two universities together thus cover 3000 years of Western European archaeology. This programme devotes considerable attention to settlement archaeology, the archaeology of sanctuaries and burial sites, integration processes in the Roman Empire and studies of city centres and material culture. There are close links between the teaching in all these areas and the results of recent fieldwork and other ongoing research, from Roman villa landscapes in the southern Netherlands to the shipyards of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) in the heart of Amsterdam.... [-]