MSc/MA Applied Research – Conflict and Genocide Archaeology pathway

The MSc/MA in Applied Research with a specialism in Conflict and Genocide Archaeology is a unique programme of study taught by one of the world’s leading experts on the subject. This programme of study will allow students to:

  • gain detailed knowledge of case studies relating to conflict and genocide worldwide from the recent and historic past;
  • carry out a research project focusing on conflict and genocide archaeology or the ethical issues of investigating mass violence.

Students enrolled on this programme of study will have the opportunity to participate on some key research projects in the UK and abroad. Examples of these projects include the documentation of the Nazi extermination and labour camps in Treblinka, examination of the fortifications and camps on Alderney and locations of other killing sites and mass graves in Europe. The course provides a solid foundation for doctoral study and an opportunity for a career in archaeology, conflict and genocide studies and forensic investigation.

Students will take a specialist module in conflict archaeology and genocide archaeology along with an innovative module called Issues, Ethics and Methods in Research.

A major component of the course is an Independent Research Project, which may consist of a 12,000-word dissertation or an art or other form of creative project. This can be completed in potentially any area relating to the investigation of war and genocide using archaeological techniques. Suggested topics may include (but are not limited to): the Holocaust, World War II, World War I, the Spanish Civil War, genocide in the African states, the Yugoslav Wars and genocide, genocide in the Middle East, medieval warfare, osteological approaches to warfare and mass violence, the ethical issues involved in conflict and genocide archaeology, and comparisons between cases of war and genocide.

The final element of this postgraduate programme is the dissemination of student’s independent project via subject-specific outlets in the form of a publication, presentation or exhibition. This varied course is ideal for students that value the importance of practical skills and fieldwork as a means of furthering our understanding of conflict and genocide archaeology.

For further information, contact:

Kevin Colls
t: +44 (0) 1782 294037