• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

This degree in Archaeological Practice (Economic and Social Research) at Birkbeck, University of London provides you with the advanced conceptual, theoretical and practical skills to undertake archaeological research, from prehistory to the middle ages, and over considerable geographical breadth. The inclusion of the compulsory module in Quantitative Social Research provides you with the statistical skills needed for doctoral research.

Highlights

  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked fourth best in London and 18th in the UK in the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings.
  • In the Research Excellence Framework (REF), History at Birkbeck was ranked sixth in the UK for the percentage of our research deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. Of our eligible staff, 94% submitted research, and we achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research. 
  • Our Department is home to thriving student societies and a number of affiliated research centres that actively run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research. These include the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, the Raphael Samuel History Centre and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. 
  • We are also at the heart of academic London with access to world-class research resources. We are five minutes' walk from the British Museum and the British Library, and the Institute of Historical Research - with its internationally renowned library collection and seminars that you can attend - is nearby. The Museum of London is a short tube ride away. 
  • The Eric Hobsbawm Postgraduate Scholarship fund offers a full fee-waiver for Home, EU and Overseas Master's students in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology (part-time awards are pro-rata). 
  • Birkbeck Library has an extensive history collection, including the major specialist journals, and access to online materials. 

Careers and Employability

Graduates can pursue careers in research and archiving, museums and galleries, education, or journalism. Possible professions include researcher, archivist, or journalist. This degree will also provide graduates with the skills to undertake archaeological research at PhD level as well as professionally and independently. It may also be useful in becoming a higher education lecturer, museum education officer, or Civil Service administrator.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Intermediate Quantitative Social Research
  • Introduction to Quantitative Social Research
  • Research Dissertation
  • Themes and Concepts in Archaeology
  • Archaeological Architecture
  • Between Words and Walls: Housing in the Graeco-Roman World
  • Fieldschool: Buried Humanities

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process. 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.
  • We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively.
  • On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Course specific requirements

  • At least a second-class honours degree in a humanities or social-sciences subject and references.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8350 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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