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The School is amongst the largest in the University comprising the three popular disciplines of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, in addition to the Heritage Academy of Wales, the University of Wales Archaeological Service (UWLAS), and the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture.
The School provides an ideal setting for a unique and interdisciplinary approach to study. For if Anthropology provides us with the theoretical apparatus to understand and unlock the present, then Archaeology and History take those same theoretical tools to help unlock, explore and explain the past.
This is a flexible scheme, designed to allow candidates to pursue their own particular interests as far as possible within a broader context. Candidates may combine modules from a number of schemes for a general MA. Students can also specialise in Medieval History.
Scheme of Study and Assessment
All candidates for the MA must take 180 credits. 60 credits will be in the form of core modules. A further 60 credits will be in the form of optional modules. A final 60 credits, for those who pass the taught part of the course, will take the form of a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words, on a subject to be agreed between the candidate and the course director.
Unfortunately, funding is very scarce for postgraduate courses. Some funding is available from external bodies such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The AHRC is funded by a number of sources including the British Academy and the Department of Higher and Further Education and offers support including professional and vocational awards and Studentships in the Humanities. Applications can be made via the Registry in February each year. Occasionally there are University of Wales Studentships available which are equivalent to the funding given by the AHRC, but these are subject to availability. A funding guide is available from the Registry. Most UK students are self-funding and many opt for Career Development Loans.
American and Canadian students can apply for funding via the Federal Student Loan System for their respective countries.
Overseas students may apply for Overseas Research Scholarships if they are intending to study for a full-time MPhil or PhD. Application forms are available in February of each year from the Registry and must be completed and returned to the Registry by the end of April in any given year. If candidates are successful in their application, fees are reduced to that of a home student.