Archaeology - Master's Programme in the Humanities

Academic year 2022/2023

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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. The programme is vocational, but will also provide you with research skills.

The programme is offered in Uppsala and also at Campus Gotland in Visby. You should choose to either take the programme in Uppsala or in Gotland.

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 studies, different methods and interpretative models in the exploration of the past. Through our laboratory exercises, you will learn Geographical Information Systems (GIS) 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, starts with two compulsory courses, followed by a range of elective courses offered by the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History or by other departments at the Faculty of Arts.

The first compulsory course is Cosmopolitan Pasts. 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 and in Egyptology.

The second compulsory course, The Craft of Research, runs throughout the first semester and provides the foundation for the writing of your Master's thesis.

You will design your education according to your own interests. At the beginning of the 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 Master's thesis, etc. The ISP is revised every semester, or, more often if needed.

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 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.

You will write a 45-credit Master's thesis. It 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.

Courses within the programme

You can choose how to organise your studies yourself, after consulting with your programme coordinator or the director of studies. Below you can see one example of how the courses can be organised for the full-time two-year programme.

Semester 1
Cosmopolitan Pasts, 7.5 credits (compulsory)
The Craft of Research, 7.5 credits (compulsory)
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

Courses are typically worth 7.5 credits and run at 50% of a full-time study load. The course content, teaching and learning methods may vary between courses, but normally include two or four hours of seminars and lectures each week.

Between seminars, you are expected to read and digest texts and sometimes also discuss them with other participants. Some courses have a more practical orientation, such as internships, courses on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and archaeological excavations 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.

Course assessment is normally continuous based on your active participation in seminars and submissions of several short independent essays. It may also consist of a longer essay submitted at the end of the course.

The programme is taught in English. The programme is offered in Uppsala and also at Campus Gotland in Visby. You should choose to either take the programme in Uppsala or in Gotland.

Gotland is an island located in the Baltic Sea between the mainland of Sweden and the Baltic States. Visby as a World Heritage site is the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia.

Career

With a Master of Arts degree, specialising in Archaeology, you are qualified for further PhD studies 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.

Career support
During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.

Admissions

Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: a statement of purpose.

The programme is provided at two different campuses: one in Uppsala and one on the Baltic island of Gotland. Select the right programme when submitting your application.

Archaeology

120 credits

Autumn 2022, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 17 January 2022

Application 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
Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at universityadmissions.se.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • an overall appraisal of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).
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 50,000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200,000

Archaeology

120 credits

Autumn 2022, 100%, Campus

Location: Visby

Application deadline: 17 January 2022

Application 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
Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at universityadmissions.se.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • an overall appraisal of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).
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 50,000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200,000

Contact and further resources

Contact

Philosophy: Pauliina Remes

pauliina.remes@filosofi.uu.se

+46 18 471 28 97

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Archeology

info@arkeologi.uu.se

+46 18 471 20 93

Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology: Charlotta Widmark

Charlotta.Widmark@antro.uu.se

+46 18 471 70 33

Cultural Heritage and Sustainability: Gustaf Leijonhufvud

gustaf.leijonhufvud@konstvet.uu.se

+46 18 471 83 87

Egyptology: Andreas Dorn

andreas.dorn@egyptologi.uu.se

+46 18 471 28 97

Aesthetics: Nicholas Wiltsher

nicholas.wiltsher@filosofi.uu.se

+46 471 73 53

Gender Studies: Jenny Björklund

jenny.bjorklund@gender.uu.se

+46 18 471 57 96

Musicology: Mattias Lundberg

mattias.lundberg@musik.uu.se

+46 18 471 15 84

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

masterprogrammes@uu.se

Faculty of Arts

Dag Hammarskjölds väg 7

Box 256, 751 05 UPPSALA

histfil@histfilfak.uu.se