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38 Masters Programs in Archaeology

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, in… Read more

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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University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Birmingham, United Kingdom

This programme focuses on cultural interpretation in archaeology, both in relation to specific cultures/periods and current research themes.

This programme focuses on cultural interpretation in archaeology, both in relation to specific cultures/periods and current research themes. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

In the Master’s degree programme Archaeology of Northwestern Europe, you will investigate over 3,000 years of European archaeology and focus on the cultural dynamics of one of ... +

In the Master’s degree programme Archaeology of Northwestern Europe, you will investigate over 3,000 years of European archaeology and focus on the cultural dynamics of one of these two key European eras: Late Iron Age and Roman Period or the Medieval and Early Modern Period. -
Master
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
University of Cagliari
Cagliari, Italy

Graduates will be qualified to work at levels of high competence in museums, Superintendents, specialized libraries in Archaeology and Art History, local authorities and vario ... +

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 ... -
Master
Full-time
2 years
Italian
Oct 2020
Campus
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Madrid, Spain

The Master's Degree in Archeology of the Mediterranean in Classical Antiquity is aimed at all those students who have completed a Bachelor's Degree or Degree in History, Human ... +

The Master's Degree in Archeology of the Mediterranean in Classical Antiquity is aimed at all those students who have completed a Bachelor's Degree or Degree in History, Humanities and related degrees who wish to study in depth topics in Classical Archeology. Its academic-scientific nature will enable the training of researchers in the area of Classical and Postclassic Archeology. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
2 semesters
Spanish
Sep 2020
Campus
International Telematic University UNINETTUNO
Rome, Italy

The MSc in Applied Archaeological Sciences is designed in order to provide the necessary knowledge and expertise to students, researchers, managers and leaders of the Cultural ... +

The MSc in Applied Archaeological Sciences is designed in order to provide the necessary knowledge and expertise to students, researchers, managers and leaders of the Cultural Heritage sector. The program is an original combination of modern concept and needs for identification, documentation, maintenance, rescue and diffusion of at risk world heritage. Contemporary approaches which act as catalysts in the preservation and documentation of cultural heritage, that is also relevant to past social and anthropological interpretations through the interdisciplinary approach. -
MSc
Full-time
18 months
English, Italian
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
University of Haifa, International School
Haifa, Israel

The program focuses on the prehistory and paleoenvironment of the Mount Carmel region and each student can choose to specialize in one of many relevant topics, such as lithic, ... +

The program focuses on the prehistory and paleoenvironment of the Mount Carmel region and each student can choose to specialize in one of many relevant topics, such as lithic, faunal, geological and palynological studies. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
University of Malta
Valletta, Malta

The M.A. in Global Maritime Archaeology is offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the Western Australian Museum. Through the M.A. in Global Maritime Archaeol ... +

The M.A. in Global Maritime Archaeology is offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the Western Australian Museum. Through the M.A. in Global Maritime Archaeology students will garner knowledge of a broad range of facets that fall within this discipline. -
MA
Full-time
3 semesters
English
Oct 2020
Campus
Unitelma Sapienza
Rome, Italy +10 More

The Master’s Degree in Classical Archaeology represents a great innovation among Italian universities courses. The renowned studies in Archaeology of Rome Sapienza University ... +

The Master’s Degree in Classical Archaeology represents a great innovation among Italian universities courses. The renowned studies in Archaeology of Rome Sapienza University are combined with the online tools of Unitelma Sapienza University which provides Italian and international users with an exclusive and prestigious training project. This Master's Degree is an inter-university degree awarded jointly by the two partner universities. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Online
University of Bradford
Bradford, United Kingdom

This MSc or Postgraduate Diploma in Archaeological Sciences gives graduates in Archaeology and related subjects a systematic training in the application of modern scientific m ... +

This MSc or Postgraduate Diploma in Archaeological Sciences gives graduates in Archaeology and related subjects a systematic training in the application of modern scientific methods. It gives you the practical, analytical and interpretative skills you need to apply a wide range of specialist approaches, preparing you not only for research in archaeological science but also to pursue career opportunities in all areas of mainstream archaeology. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
Leiden University
Leiden, Netherlands +9 More

In this programme a strong emphasis is placed on field archaeology, with an additional focus on ecology and geology.

In this programme a strong emphasis is placed on field archaeology, with an additional focus on ecology and geology. -
Master
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

This programme combines high scientific and theoretical standards with intensive practical training within Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museology.

This programme combines high scientific and theoretical standards with intensive practical training within Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museology. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

While a research degree should be very rewarding personally, it is also a serious and sometimes intense undertaking. Under the current system, a full-time doctoral student has ... +

While a research degree should be very rewarding personally, it is also a serious and sometimes intense undertaking. Under the current system, a full-time doctoral student has three years to complete a full draft of her or his thesis and then a further one year for writing up (known as a 3+1 degree). Research degrees are generally undertaken by individuals who aim to become professionals in the field of art history and/or archaeology, whether as academics who carry out research and teach in universities or as curators or educators in museums, libraries or archives, or in any number of other related areas such as academic publishing or even the commercial art world. It is generally a good idea to have some experience of work outside university before applying to a doctoral programme, for example, in some role in a museum or gallery. -
Master PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
28 Sep 2020
Campus
University of the Highlands and Islands
Perth, United Kingdom

This programme brings together the disciplines of history and archaeology through the study of a specific region, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

This programme brings together the disciplines of history and archaeology through the study of a specific region, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
University of Bologna
Bologna, Italy

The Master in Applied Critical Archaeology and Heritage (ACRA) brings the study of the past and heritage to the future. With completely innovative options, designed specifical ... +

The Master in Applied Critical Archaeology and Heritage (ACRA) brings the study of the past and heritage to the future. With completely innovative options, designed specifically for this degree and dealing with aspects as diverse as critical archaeology, landscape, digital tools, and heritage studies, ACRA will provide students with all the skills needed to successfully forge their path within the professional sector and the international academic one alike. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
Cranfield University
Swindon, United Kingdom +1 More

The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of how traditional and advanced techniques from archaeology and physical anthropology can be applied in the fo ... +

The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of how traditional and advanced techniques from archaeology and physical anthropology can be applied in the forensic context. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
11 - 36 months
English
Campus

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