Masters degrees in History & Archaeology train students to uncover and understand the human past. They explore a range of records and physical materials in order to reconstruct past experiences and events and to examine their legacies in the present.
A range of specialisms are available, with programmes focussing on the history and archaeology of different periods or regions. Other degrees explore specific topics such as Military History, Social History or Intellectual History.
Taught courses tend to award an MA, though some MSc programmes are offered in technical branches of Archaeology. Research programmes are also available with the opportunity to carry out exciting archival- or field-work.
Masters degrees in History aren't just for budding historians – and a Masters in Archaeology won’t necessarily mean you belong in a museum.
Many History postgraduates go on to make professional use of their specialist period knowledge, as broadcasters, journalists or curators. Others draw on their degree more broadly. After all, understanding how the past informs the present is crucial to politics, law and international diplomacy.
Archaeology qualifications also develop a range of transferrable sills in addition to their obvious applications. You’ll be equipped for careers in a surprising number of fields ranging from heritage management to urban development and planning – after all, everything new is built on top of something older.
Finally, the technical skills gained within this discipline are highly transferable. Your programme will make you an expert in bringing together information from different sources and resources, analysing it effectively and presenting your findings clearly and coherently - skills that are as valuable in the boardroom as they are in the archive.