The Masters in Celtic & Viking Archaeology provides an introduction to both theory and practice in approaches to early medieval archaeology, based on our particular research strengths in the settlements and material culture of Celtic, Pictish and Viking peoples, and in the archaeology of kingship and political development.
- MLitt: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
- PgDip 9 months full-time; 18 months part-time
- Contact: Dr Colleen Batey: firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you want to further your career in archaeology, our new approaches to early medieval studies bring fresh insights into the life and ideas of the period and provide you with a stimulating environment, learning from internationally-renowned scholars
- You will have the opportunity to take fieldtrips to a number of sites relevant to your studies.
- Our programme has strong links with the University's Hunterian Museum, and Glasgow Life giving you access to primary source material, including objects and archives.
You will take two core courses and three optional courses. For the MLitt you will produce a dissertation on a specialist topic agreed with the course convenor.
The core courses provides you with a theoretical background to the study of early medieval archaeology, examining themes such as burial, settlement, material culture, religion through a series of case studies. You will also get training and support in a wide variety of research methods including library skills, humanities computing, writing and presenting papers.
- Approaches to Celtic and Viking Archaeology
- Research Skills
Three optional courses must be selected, two of which from the following
- Themes in Early Medieval Scottish archaeology
- Early Christian monuments of Scotland
- Early Medieval artefacts
- Viking and late Norse artefacts
- Norse in the North Atlantic, AD 800–1500
- Viking and late Norse British Isles.
You may also choose one of the following options
- Thematic studies: any one of the thematic courses offered via other MLitt programmes, by agreement with the course convener. These may include courses available via other Masters programmes within the University (most relevant are those offered as part of Celtic Studies and Scottish Medieval Studies)
- Independent study on a topic agreed with the course convenor.
- Artefact studies: any one of the specialist courses offered in the MLitt Material Culture & Artefact Studies
- Multimedia analysis and design or 2D digitisation.
As you progress through the Celtic and Viking Masters degree, you will be required to take the following core courses in the autumn term to provide an introduction and firm foundation in the study Early Medieval Archaeology as a research focus area. These core courses are as follows:
- Approaches to Celtic and Viking Archaeology provides a strong theoretical background to the study of early medieval archaeology, examining themes such as burial, settlement, material culture, religion thorough a series of case studies.
- Research Skills, designed to give students training and support in a wide variety of research methods tailored to their individual requirements, including library skills, humanities computing, writing and presenting papers, etc.
The optional courses provide specialist paths which allow you to explore particular areas of study, and draw upon the particular interests and expertise of the contributing staff. The options available may consequently vary slightly depending on staff availability and are subject to a minimum number of students. Please contact us to confirm likely availability of Optional Modules in any given year.
Three optional courses must be selected, two of which must come from the following set:
You may also choose one of the following options:
An optional module from other Archaeology Mlitt Programmes (where available):
- Thematic Studies: any one of the thematic modules offered via other MLitt programmes, by agreement with the course convenor. These may include modules available via other Masters programmes within the Arts Faculty (most relevant are those offered as part of Celtic Studies and Scottish Medieval Studies).
Archaeology at Glasgow has a well-established reputation for innovative studies in Celtic and Viking Archaeology particularly in northern and western Britain, as well as in the Norse North Atlantic. This course will offer an introduction to the theoretical and practical approaches to Early Medieval archaeology, with a wide range of research-led optional modules available, both in archaeology and cognate subjects, which encourage in-depth critical examination of a range of themes. You will receive hands-on experience with internationally renowned and research-active specialists in the Early Medieval period—Dr. Colleen Batey (Viking and Late Norse), Professor Stephen Driscoll and Dr. Ewan Campbell (Celtic and Early Historic), and Dr Stephen Harrison (Early Viking). A major part of this hands-on experience will involve interacting with and experiencing the archaeological remains of the early Medieval period via fieldtrips to major sites in Lowland Scotland, such as Govan, Dunadd Hillfort, and Dumbarton Castle. Additionally, visits to major Museum collections, such as Glasgow Museums (Glasgow Life), The Hunterian Museum at Glasgow University and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh allows for the in depth examination of, and engagement with, the material culture of the Early Medieval Period in Scotland.
Moreover, the opportunity for excavation experience prior to your period of PGT study is available via Glasgow Archaeology’s Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) field school in rural Perthshire, which examines the Early Medieval Period as one of its key research focuses. Additionally, our focus at the Postgraduate Taught level on small group teaching enables more personal interaction, and the support of individual student interests, as well as providing access to academic networks and heritage stakeholders beyond Glasgow University, to the broad research environment of the Early Medieval Period. This is coupled with our interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research, which is supported by strong links with scholars in the subject areas of Celtic and Gaelic, and Scottish and Medieval History, links which are reflected in many jointly taught courses. Cognate areas of study, most particularly to be found with the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies, can also be included and allow access to a wide range of research specialists of international standing. The new approaches to Early Medieval studies developed at Glasgow bring fresh insights into the life and ideas of the period and provide a highly stimulating environment for postgraduate students.
The Archaeology Subject has particular research strengths in the settlement archaeology and material culture of Celtic, Pictish and Viking peoples and in the archaeology of kingship and political development, and you will be exposed to some of the most cutting edge research on the Early Medieval Period in Scotland. From your PGT experience during the Celtic and Viking Mlitt you will develop a range of professional and personal connections, and have a firm and thorough understanding of the Celtic, Pictish and Viking peoples, and their contributions and place in the narrative of Scotland’s political and cultural development. On this foundation you will be able to build a multiplicity of career options, either in academia by moving onto PhD studies—as many past Celtic and Viking PGTs have—or into a career with heritage bodies, such as the National Museum of Scotland, or commercial work with various archaeological units. Furthermore, on the social side, during your time studying at Glasgow, you’ll find that the Postgraduate community in Archaeology is very welcoming and inclusive to students of all academic backgrounds and interests; you’ll always have the support of a community of researchers.
If you have an interest in Celts, Vikings, and Picts, and the shifting tapestry of change that makes up the Early Medieval Period, and you want to explore and deepen this interest working under the guidance and supervision of experienced, renowned, and respected scholars, then you've found your place.
Finally, and MOST OF ALL, we wish you all to feel welcome in Glasgow “the Dear Green Place” of the Gaelic language and in our subject area in particular.
Dr Colleen Batey BA (Dunelm),
PhD (Dunelm), MIFA, FSA, FSA Scot
Convenor MLitt in Celtic and Viking Archaeology
Graduates have gone on to work for various heritage bodies such as the National Museum of Scotland, and for UK-based commercial archaeology firms.
The programme provides an excellent platform for you to move onto PhD studies and an academic career. The wide variety of specialist optional courses allow you to tailor your particular programme experience towards a direction that best suits your future plans upon completion.
Positions held by recent graduates include Field Archaeologist, Open Learning Tutor, University lectureships and research managers.
for entry in 2017
The entry requirement for this postgraduate taught programme is a 2.1 Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in Archaeology or another relevant subject (for example Geography, Geology, History or Environmental Science); or suitable practical experience.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.5
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 23
- Speaking: 23
- Writing: 24
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 64 overall; no sub-test less than 62
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
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Tuition fees for 2017-18
|Home and EU|
|Full time fee||£7250|
|Part time 20 credits||£806|
|Full time fee||£16000|
|Home and EU|
|Full time fee||£4833|
|Part time 20 credits||£806|
|Full time fee||£10667|
Fees are subject to change and for guidance only
- Fee for submission by a research student: £460
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £300
- Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,000
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £200
- Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £680
- Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £260
- Registration/exam only fee: £110
- General Council fee: £50
A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the
MLitt/PgDip. This includes graduates and those who have
completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at
the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who
are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No
additional application is required.
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