Taught course

Archaeology of Death and Memory

Institution
University of Chester · Department of History and Archaeology
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent qualification is required.

Consideration will be given to those who hold a lower classification who can demonstrate they are capable of performing at the level required to complete the course successfully.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Course overview

How and why have the dead been treated and commemorated so differently from prehistory to the present day? Our MA in Archaeology of Death and Memory explores the complex history of death and memory from the hunter-gatherer societies of the Palaeolithic to recent times.

Why Study Archaeology of Death and Memory with us?

Our course is an exciting, cross-period postgraduate course of global application. It will allow you to study and gain advanced expertise in the study of death, burial and commemoration in the human past, shedding light on debates and concerns of our present day.

The course focuses on archaeology but is unusually cross-disciplinary. You will explore debates that connect archaeology to research themes shared across the humanities and social sciences, including studies of ritual, the body, material culture, memory and mortality. Consequently, this degree will interest those with first degrees in archaeology or history, and also those with backgrounds in other disciplines.

How will I be taught?

The principal methods of delivery will be a mixture of lectures, seminars, individual tutorials and field visits to archaeological and heritage sites.

Each module runs for 2.5 hours per week across an eight-week period. You will also undertake 35 hours per week of guided independent study.

The Research Dissertation is taught through regular supervisory meetings. The Programme Leader will also serve as your Personal Tutor.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for the core and optional modules is via written work and other methods equivalent to approximately 4,000 words per 20-credit module. The Research Dissertation will be approximately 16,000 words in length.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 - 36 months

Course contact details

Name
Department of History and Archaeology
Email
b.davies@chester.ac.uk