MScDiploma in Underwater Archaeology by kellena92


									                              University of Edinburgh
                      School of Arts, Culture and Environment

          MSc/Diploma in Underwater Archaeology

Underwater Archaeology is one of the most exciting and dynamic areas of
archaeological research and has been developed at the University of Edinburgh over
the last fifteen years. The programme director has extensive practical experience and
has also promoted underwater archaeology in Scotland in association with the
Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology.
The programme provides students with the opportunity to study underwater
archaeology at an advanced level, through a combination of compulsory and optional
courses, enabling them to develop an understanding of current theories,
methodologies, techniques and research issues. The coverage is global in scope and
reviews the development of underwater archaeology around the world; however,
there is an intentional emphasis on recent innovative work in Scotland. The courses
offered are also designed to introduce students to current research themes, staff
research projects and potential PhD topics, while providing a solid foundation for
future participation in excavation, surveying, and lab work. The flexible programme
includes a practical option course for those with appropriate qualifications and
The programme employs lectures, seminars and audio-visual presentations.
Assessment is by coursework, mainly essays.

The programme can either be taken over one year (full-time), or over two years (part-
time). All candidates take six courses over the two teaching semesters (September–
March), equivalent to 20 credits each (normally 20 hours contact time). In order to
proceed to the dissertation for the MSc, candidates must achieve an overall mark of
50% in their assessed work. The dissertation of approximately 15,000 words counts
for a further 60 credits and is submitted at the end of the programme year (normally

All candidates must take the following THREE compulsory courses:
1. Underwater Archaeology Part 1
2. Underwater Archaeology Part 2
These two courses deal with a range of sites throughout the world, and cover such
topics as the processes of submergence, vital aspects of conservation and
environmental analysis of organic materials from submerged sites, methods and
techniques, and issues concerning treasure hunting and salvage. Both shipwrecks
and submerged settlement sites will be discussed.
Part-time candidates should take at least these two compulsory courses during their
first year.
              University of Edinburgh — MSc/Diploma in Underwater Archaeology

3. Research Sources and Strategies in Archaeology
This is a supervised reading/seminar course designed to prepare students to
undertake research for a dissertation. It also provides an introduction to library,
museum and, where appropriate, computer and archival resources. The nature and
content of the reading will depend in part on the students' area of specialisation.
Students are required to give a presentation to the group on research topics of their
own choosing, which may relate to their prospective MSc dissertations.

The following course is highly recommended, though not compulsory:
4. Practical Underwater Archaeology (1 week field course)
A practical field course aimed at those with appropriate diving qualifications who want
to learn about the use of excavation equipment, the recording of underwater sites
and the principles of underwater survey and excavation. All equipment is provided.

Plus TWO further courses from the table below (or THREE if course no 4 above is
not taken) in order to bring the total to SIX (20 credits each):
(*most courses are taught in alternate years, and availability is subject to change):

    Courses:                                                            Availability*

                                                                    2005-06     2006-07

    Archaeological illustration

    Archaeology of Celtic art

    Archaeology of gender

    Conceptualising the Neolithic

    Etruscan Italy (1000-300 BC)

    Experimental archaeology and ancient technology

    From Bronze to Iron: the Mediterranean in the later 2nd
    millennium BC
    Gallia from the third century BC to Augustus

    Human evolution

    Iron Age in Atlantic Scotland

    Late glacial and Holocene environmental change

    Late hunter-gatherers in Europe

    Ritual and monumentality in Atlantic Europe, 6th-3rd
    millennium BC
    Ritual and monumentality in northwest Europe, 6th-3rd
    millennium BC
    Scottish lowlands: archaeology and landscape before the

                  University of Edinburgh — MSc/Diploma in Underwater Archaeology

      Theoretical perspectives in archaeology (Part I)

      Theoretical perspectives in archaeology (Part 2)


On successful completion of coursework, a dissertation topic will be approved after
discussion with the programme director, which must be within the field of underwater
archaeology, and completed within the terms specified by the University.

The course will be taught by the programme director, Dr Nick Dixon, with occasional
contributions from invited lecturers.

    a. Course Costs
       These include a tuition fee, a research costs fee, and living costs. The
       following rates will apply in 2005/06:
       Tuition fee: Students from UK/EU countries pay a reduced tuition fee of
       £3,900. Students from other Countries pay the full fee of £9,000.
       Research fee: £250 full-time, £125 part-time. Those taking the Practical Field
       Course in Underwater Archaeology will pay £500 for the costs involved, which
       will include diving and associated equipment.
       Living costs: These will vary according to personal lifestyle. Information and
       advice may be obtained from the Archaeology website.

    b. Entry requirements
       Prospective candidates should have some relevant knowledge and
       experience, normally in the form of a good first degree in archaeology or in
       another subject or group of subjects in which archaeology figured
       prominently. Applicants whose employment or other educational experience
       provides evidence of intellectual ability of an equivalent standard will also be
       considered. All students for whom English is not their first language must
       provide documentation that satisfies the University’s requirements (see the
       Postgraduate Prospectus).
    c. Applications
       Application forms can be downloaded from the College website, or obtained
       by post from the Postgraduate Admissions Office, College of Humanities and
       Social Science, The David Hume Tower, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8
       9JX. Tel: (+44)(0)131 650 4086. Fax: (+44)(0)131 650 6536. Email:

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