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M.Sc. in Archaeology (Higher Archaeological Practice)

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 Ph.D. 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. 

The specialism in Higher Archaeological Practice includes elements that familiarise you with key methods and techniques from survey, excavation, post-excavation analysis of objects and materials, to archiving, reporting and heritage management. This is a strongly vocational specialism that will help you to develop new and existing skills in preparation for a career in the commercial sector or as continuing professional development. 

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.