Archaeology - Master's Programme in the Humanities 2020/2021

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Archaeology is the only discipline within the humanities that covers all of human history. The Master's Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Archaeology, lets you analyse historical processes and phenomena. Using methods from the natural sciences, the programme gives you a broad education within cultural heritage, history and environment studies. You will also choose to specialise in an area and write a scientific essay in that field.

Why this programme?

If you are interested in contract archaeology, cultural heritage management, or a career as a researcher, this is the programme for you. The programme is vocational but will also provide you with research skills. You will acquire skills in field work, different methods and interpretative models in the exploration of the past. In our laboratory exercises you will learn Geographical Information Systems and during fieldwork you will dig under supervision.

The Master's Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Archaeology, is one of the international Master's programmes offered by the Faculty of Arts. The duration of the full programme is two years and is worth 120 credits, but you can also choose to complete your studies in one academic year, leading to a Master of Arts (60 credits) with Archaeology as the main field of study.

You will take a mixture of compulsory and elective courses during the programme. The Department of Archaeology and Ancient History normally offers four or five courses in Archaeology, Classical Archaeology and Egyptology every semester. You can also choose courses from other subjects if you want to broaden your education further.

If you follow the two-year programme, you will take courses equivalent to 75 credits and write a Master's thesis worth 45 credits paper. If you follow the one-year programme, the course work will amount to 30 credits and the Master's thesis will be worth 30 credits.

Degree

The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Archaeology as the main field of study. It is also possible to graduate after one academic year with a Master of Arts (60 credits).

All specialisations of this programme

Programme

The Master's Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Archaeology, commences with the compulsory course Cosmopolitan Pasts (7.5 credits). It runs at 50% of a full-time study load and you will take the course together with students from the Master's Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History from both campuses (Uppsala and Visby).

The second compulsory course, The Craft of Research (7.5 credits), runs for the whole of the first semester and provides support for writing your Master's thesis.

Apart from this, you have the opportunity to design your education according to your own interests. At the beginning of your first semester, you will establish an individual study plan (ISP) together with the programme coordinator or director of studies. At that time, you will decide how to plan your studies: which courses to take, when to write your thesis project, etc. The ISP is revised every semester, or, if needed, more often.

The department offers a number of courses, which normally run at 50% of a full-time study load. The idea behind this is that you should read two courses in parallel, or read one course while working on your thesis project.

Apart from the courses offered by the department, which vary from semester to semester over a two-year cycle, you can choose to take an internship (worth 7.5 and/or 15 credits), or take courses individually tailored to suit your needs. You may also take courses offered by other departments at the university.

Most of the department's courses are offered both in Uppsala and in Visby, but some are only given at one campus.

The 45 credit Master's thesis is divided up and written over several semesters. You can choose to devote your full attention to the thesis, or read a course at the same time. Most courses are given in English, but you can choose to write your thesis either in English or in Swedish.

Courses within the programme

You can choose how to organise your studies yourself, after consulting with the Director of Studies. Below you can see one example of how the course work can be organised for the full, two-year programme.

Semester 1
Cosmopolitan Pasts, 7.5 credits (obligatory)
The Craft of Research, 7.5 credits (obligatory)
Elective courses corresponding to 15 credits

Semester 2
Advanced Field Course in Archaeology, 15 credits
Elective courses corresponding to 15 credits

Semester 3
Internship, 15 credits
Degree project, 15 credits

Semester 4
Degree project, 30 credits

Learning experience

The Master's Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Archaeology, starts with two compulsory courses, followed by a range of elective courses offered both by the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History and by the Faculty of Arts. Courses are typically worth 7.5 credits and run at 50% of a full time study load. The content, teaching and learning outcomes of each course, detailed in a syllabus, varies but normally include two or four hour of seminars and lectures each week.
 
Between classes, you are expected to read and digest texts and sometimes also discuss them with other participants. Some courses are more practically oriented, e.g. internships, those on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and archaeological excavation in the field. During these courses, you are expected to work up to 30 or even 40 hours per week in an office, a lab or in the field.
 
The assessment is normally continuous through active participation in seminars and submissions of several small, individually authored texts with specified deadlines, but may also consist of a single, longer text submitted at the end of the course. Practically oriented courses normally include continuous assessment by a supervisor.
 
The programme is offered in English and as a student you are given the choice of writing your Master's thesis in either English or Swedish. The programme is offered in Uppsala and at Campus Gotland in Visby.

Career

With a Master of Arts degree, specialising in Archaeology, you are eligible for further PhD study in this field. Previous students have found work as archaeologists, museum curators and educators, investigators for the public sector, aid workers, tour leaders and guides, cultural writers, and researchers and lecturers at universities.

Admissions

Archaeology

120 credits

Autumn 2020 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2020-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M5024 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Requirements:
Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the humanities or social sciences.
Also required is 60 credits in archaeology.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page) where you detail why you want to pursue Master's studies within the programme.
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.

Fees:

If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

Archaeology

120 credits

Autumn 2020 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Visby

Application Deadline: 2020-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M5025 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Requirements:
Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the humanities or social sciences.
Also required is 60 credits in archaeology.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page) where you detail why you want to pursue Master's studies within the programme.
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.

Fees:

If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

Contact and further resources

Contact

Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology: Claudia Merli

studierektorAN@antro.uu.se

+46 18 471 22 83

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Archeology, Egyptology

info@arkeologi.uu.se

Gender Studies: Jacob Bull

jacob.bull@gender.uu.se

+46 18 471 57 98

Cultural Heritage and Sustainability: Gustaf Leijonhufvud

gustaf.leijonhufvud@konstvet.uu.se

+46 18 471 28 87

Musicology: Mattias Lundberg

mattias.lundberg@musik.uu.se

+46 18 471 15 84

Philosophy: Pauliina Remes

pauliina.remes@filosofi.uu.se

Aesthetics: Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann

elisabeth.schellekens@filosofi.uu.se

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

masterprogrammes@uu.se

Contact the respective department for information about your chosen specialisation.