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MScArchaeological Prospection - Shallow Geophysics

University of Bradford
United Kingdom, Bradford
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The course is a highly focused postgraduate degree programme which develops specialist skills in the theory and practice of archaeological prospection, in particular in near-surface geophysics.

It provides students with knowledge and experience of the principal geophysical and geochemical techniques currently available for the detection of buried archaeological features and other near-surface targets. It gives an appropriate background to materials and soil science, together with the relevant mathematical principles.

Other methods of detection such as remote sensing, topographical survey and field-walking are introduced as essential components of an integrated approach to landscape assessment. Sampling procedures and the computer treatment and display of field data from all methods are critically examined with the aid of case studies based on field experience. Skills and knowledge are developed through lectures, seminars, laboratory and fieldwork classes and a formal dissertation.

It offers in-depth specialist training, including hands-on experience in the Division’s geophysics and computer laboratories and in the field, and a substantial individual research dissertation

Programme structure

Modules: All Modules are Core

Semester 1 (60 Credits – 4 Modules):

Electrical Methods of Survey (20 Credits)
GIS for Practitioners (10 Credits)
Magnetic and Electromagnetic Methods of Survey (20 Credits)
The Nature of Matter* (10 Credits)
Semester 2 (60 Credits – 4 Modules):

Research Skills (10 Credits)
Site Evaluation Strategies (20 Credits)
Soils and Chemical Prospection (10 Credits)
Treatment, Display and Interpretation of Field Data (20 Credits)
End of Semester 2 onwards (60 Credits – 1 Module):

Dissertation (MSc) (60 Credits)

*If substantial prior experience in this module can be demonstrated, it may be substituted with another module

Career opportunities

Via a flexible programme of study that reflects staff expertise and current research / commercial themes, students will develop independent learning skills and high-level subject knowledge that will enable them to pursue further research or careers in archaeological prospection.

We expect our graduates to develop critical and analytical problem solving skills and personal transferable skills to prepare students for careers in non-cognate fields.

Many gradautes have progressed into prospection companies or have started their own businesses based around techniques and skills acquired at Bradford. For the most recent cohort to graduate (nine students) three are currently undertaking PhD research (Bradford, Birmingham and Ghent), five are working in commercial geophysics and one is training to be a teacher.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application deadline
1 Jun 2021 23:59:59
Europe/Budapest time

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application deadline
1 Jun 2021 23:59:59
Europe/Budapest time

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States