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MA Archaeological Practice

MA Archaeological Practice

For information on fees, course structure and to apply full or part-time please visit the prospectus page.

Course director: Dr Lesley McFadyen

The Master’s degree in Archaeological Practice introduces you to the major techniques, principal bodies of evidence, research themes and concepts deployed in the discipline of archaeology. From this, you will develop a critical understanding of how contemporary archaeologists think, draw and write about archaeology. The curriculum addresses the perceived divide between theory and practice in archaeological fieldwork and cultural resource management. It aims to produce a new kind of professional, who is theoretically aware whilst grounded in the craft of archaeology. In so doing, the course will develop your capacity for interdisciplinary and innovative research in the field, based on a more critical and integrated study of landscape, architecture, and material culture. Context, and an engagement with its material and historical conditions, is crucial to this work-based training.

By the end of the course, you will have developed your own research agenda in dealing with archaeological evidence. Birkbeck students will have a confidence in context gained from their skills in reading and interpreting primary evidence, allowing them to break open the materials in archives, collections, excavation, and the landscape itself.

This course is for those that want to study and join the discipline, and for professionals to develop their research agenda.