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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 8.41k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 19.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 1 9월 2016

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    This programme offers a unique opportunity to study the material evidence of our evolutionary history.

    You will be trained in the practical analysis of Palaeolithic stone artefacts and encouraged to place this knowledge into a broad framework based on current interdisciplinary research. This will enable you to investigate the key questions in human evolution, including the development of technology and language; to understand the reasons why society evolved; and to participate in the long-running debate about the fate of the Neanderthals.
    The course is aimed at two groups of people:

    * Those with an undergraduate degree in archaeology who wish to prepare themselves for research work and PhD. Our course is designed as a bridge between the undergraduate and post-graduate experience, and the practical aspect of this is particularly important. Many of our students go on to achieve success at gaining Arts and Humanities Research Council funding for their PhD.

    * People with a lively interest in Palaeolithic archaeology and human origins who may not wish to pursue a research career, but who would like to deepen their knowledge of this most fascinating aspect of archaeology.

    Two core modules cover the analysis and interpretation of stone tools and the context of human origins covering the past two and half million years.
    Opportunities are provided to master practical skills in making, describing and analysing stone artefacts. Teaching is through seminars and practicals, divided between two semesters, and assessment is continuous. A module in research study skills is also provided, and two option modules are taken from the flexible Humanities MA programme.
    The dissertation is a key component of the MA allowing you to explore a topic in depth, apply your new analytical skills and make a contribution to research. The last four months of the course is devoted to this component.

    Year 1
    Please note that we can not gaurantee certain courses (ARCH6001 and ARCH6051) will always be taught in the semester they are advertised in - this information should be used primarily as a guide.

    Students may also take an Individually Negotiated Topic in either semester one or two, ARCH6072

    Semester One
    Students may consider taking a 'free elective' - they shuold contact the MA Convenor if they wish to take a non-Archaeology option.

    Compulsory:
    ARCH6001The Contexts for Human Origins Research Optional:
    ARCH6099Palaeolithic Journeys Semester Two
    Students may consider taking a 'free elective' - they shuold contact the MA Convenor if they wish to take a non-Archaeology option.

    Compulsory:
    ARCH6051The Analysis and Interpretation of Stone Tools (double unit)ARCH6064Dissertation Optional:
    ARCH6090Intellectual MethodologiesARCH6099Palaeolithic Journeys Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide).


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    program_requirements

    DegreeFirst- or upper second-class honours degree or equivalentSelection process:Intake: 8-15 Average applicants per place: 3University application with transcripts and a sample of written work English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    We offer a large variety of postgraduate studentships, bursaries and sponsorship for which UK and EU students may be eligible.

    Financial support

    There are several sources of funding to help you through your studies

    For details, see the Key Facts for each taught course or research programme, or browse through the Postgraduate Studentships and Bursaries offered by each Academic School or Research Centre.

    PhD Studentships
    Details of current PhD studentships are advertised on the Universitys current job vacancies page.

    Sponsorship
    Sponsorship is available for some masters and doctoral programmes.

    * Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) can provide the opportunity to study for a higher degree (masters or doctorate) while working in a company, managing a project of strategic significance. Find out more about KTPs.
    * Our Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is a four-year doctoral programme, with an enhanced stipend and research which is directly relevant to industry. For more information, see * Many of our masters programmes offer bursaries, a number of which are course-specific. Find out more about postgraduate bursaries.

    Research Council Funding
    Many postgraduate students are funded by one of the UK Research Councils. Successful UK applicants receive fees and maintenance support while EU students receive a fees-only grant. If your programme is eligible for Research Council funding you will need to contact the relevant Council directly.

    Competition for these awards is intense and you should apply as early as you can. For some of our postgraduate programmes you may need confirmation that you have been awarded funding before you can register as a postgraduate.

    Career Development Loans
    A Career Development Loan (CDL) can help fund up to two years vocational training or education, plus up to one further year if the course includes practical work experience. A CDL is a delayed repayment loan offered in partnership with the Learning and Skills Council and three high street banks (Barclays, The Co-Op and Royal Bank of Scotland).

    Loans are available for between £300 and £10,000 and no repayments are made during the period of study and for up to one month afterwards. The Learning and Skills Council pays the interest during this time after which the student is responsible for repaying the loan and any further interest to the bank. Find out more about Career Development Loans.

    Other sources of funding
    It is also worth researching alternative sources of funding if none of the above are applicable.

    International Scholarships
    We offer some subject-specific scholarships and bursaries to international students. In addition to these, many international organisations offer financial assistance. Eligibility criteria vary depending on the scholarship scheme.

    Scholarships for international students may cover all or part of the full cost of studying abroad. You will usually need to provide an offer letter from the University when applying for a scholarship. For this reason, it is very important to start all the arrangements at least one year prior to the start of your studies.

    International scholarship details
    * Scholarships for Masters students
    * Scholarships for Research students
    * Scholarships for Undergraduate students

    Further information
    * Our individual country pages include information on country-specific scholarships
    * Other sources of international scholarships are listed below: * British Council
    * Community of Science UK Funding Opportunities
    * Studentmoney.org
    * The Association of Commonwealth Universities
    * Science Without Borders

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