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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MA Roman Archaeology

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMA Roman Archaeology Programme codePTA1HPSCTH01
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

This collaborative programme led by the Department of Archaeology and the Department of Classics and Ancient History gives you advanced grounding in the main themes and methods of Roman Archaeology, and is ideal preparation for a PhD on the subject. It offers a coherent programme, balancing core elements that bring together theoretical sophistication with cutting-edge digital methodologies, from the ‘big data’ of Roman artefacts to high-resolution LiDAR imaging. This is supported by a wide choice of specialist topics to suit your own requirements and aspirations, including the possibility to tailor genuinely interdisciplinary training through modules offered by world-leading experts in Archaeology, Ancient History, and Classics.

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

  • This programme develops your specific competences and research skills required in Roman Archaeology at an advanced level through extensive engagement with primary evidence. You will also acquire advanced competence in core academic, personal and key skills, to provide a solid basis for career progression in the academic world and beyond.
  • The programme provides training for doctoral research or for a specialist career. You will be encouraged to become a productive, useful and questioning member of society.
  • You will be exposed to a variety of teaching and assessment methods within an appropriate learning environment, supported by feedback and monitoring. You will be given an opportunity to develop your own study skills through a piece of individual research.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/postgraduatetaught/modules/ 

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Optional modules offered are subject to change depending on staff availability and student demand.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in each stage of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1


120 credits of compulsory modules and 60 credits of optional modules

a You must select either ARCM700 or CLAM043 (you cannot choose more than one module from this group).
b If you are beginning a classical language, you must take 30-60 credits from CLAM201 or CLAM251.
c If you have a classical language at beginners' level, you must take 30 credits from either CLAM252 or CLAM202.
d If you have a classical language at intermediate level, you must take 30 credits from CLAM254, CLAM255 or CLAM204, or CLAM205.
e If you have a classical language at Degree level, you must take 30 credits from CLAM257 or CLAM012A.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARCM700 Dissertation in Roman Archaeology [See note a above]60Yes
CLAM043 Dissertation in Classics and Ancient History [See note a above]60Yes
ARCM010 Roman Archaeology in the Digital World 15No
ARCM110 Research Design in Archaeology 15No
ARCM120 Themes in Archaeological Theory and Practice 15No
CLAM108 Rome: Globalisation, Materiality 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARCM optional modules MA Roman Archaeology 2023-4
ARCM005 Professional Skills in Archaeology 15 No
ARCM007 Advanced Project 15 No
ARCM011 Musculature Anatomy 15 No
ARCM012 Skeletal Anatomy 15 No
ARCM130 Discovering the Past with Molecular Science 15 No
ARCM200 Field Study 15 No
ARCM225 Landscape Archaeology: Understanding the Historic Environment 15 No
ARCM300 Material Culture 15 No
ARCM403 Advanced Zooarchaeology 15 No
ARCM407 Zooarchaeology 15 No
ARCM412 Funerary Osteoarchaeology 15 No
ARCM501 Researching the Historic Environment Online 15 No
ARCM602 Forensic Anthropology: Principles and Practice 15 No
ARCM106 Plants and Animals as Craft Resources 15 No
ARCM107 Digital Pasts 15 No
ARCM111 Approaches to Pottery: Archaeology, Archaeometry, and Experimental Archaeology 15 No
ARCM415 The Archaeology of Humans and Other Animals 15 No
ARCM108 Experimental Archaeology: Research and Public Engagement 15 No
ARCM109 Practical Pasts 15 No
CLAM optional modules MA Roman Archaeology 2023-4
CLAM046 The City of Rome 30 No
CLAM077 Ancient Texts and their Interpretation 15 No
CLAM078 Classical Reception: An Introduction 15 No
CLAM079 Cultures of the Body in the Roman Empire 15 No
CLAM081 Galen and Galenism 15 No
CLAM101 The Western Dragon in Lore, Literature and Art 15 No
CLAM105 Migration and the Migrant through Ancient and Modern Eyes 15 No
CLAM106 Ancient Philosophy 15 No
CLAM108 Rome: Globalisation, Materiality 15 No
CLAM111 Ancient Drama in its Social and Cultural Context 15 No
CLAM260 Greek Papyrology: An Introduction 15 No
CLAM261 Homers Odyssey and the Caribbean 15 No
CLAM117 Classical Decadence 15 No
CLAM262 Pandemics and disease in the ancient Mediterranean 15 No
CLAM201 Greek I [See note b above]30No
CLAM251 Latin I [See note b above]30No
CLAM252 Classical Language and Texts: Latin II [See note c above]30No
CLAM202 Classical Language and Texts: Greek II [See note c above]30No
CLAM254 Latin III [See note d above]30No
CLAM255 Latin IV [See note d above]30No
CLAM204 Greek III [See note d above]30No
CLAM205 Greek IV [See note d above]30No
CLAM257 Classical Language and Texts: Greek V: Epic [See note e above]30No
CLAM012A Latin Epic [See note e above]30No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Understand advanced techniques for methodological study in modern archaeology applied to the Roman World, and appreciate their major advantages and disadvantages
2. Understand the main strands of current thinking in Roman archaeological method and theory
3. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of specific areas and assemblages from the Roman Empire
4. Demonstrate competence at an advanced level in undertaking the study of a particular theme or topic in Roman archaeology

1 and 2 are developed through CLAM043 or ARCM700, supplemented by ARCM110 and ARCM120, which cover a range of relevant methodological and theoretical issues in archaeology.

3 is developed through optional modules drawn from Archaeology and Classics and Ancient History which
enable students to embark on a detailed study of
particular topics within the archaeology and history of the Roman period from the rise of Rome to late antiquity.

4 is developed primarily through the dissertation.
Those taking the 90-credit version will acquire this competence at an enhanced level.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of essays, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. Draw critical thematic comparisons between material from a broad range of different sources
6. Show understanding of contrasting approaches to research and conflicting views
7. Show clear awareness of current philosophical questions arising from academic research
8. Deploy critical argument, on a professional level
9. Demonstrate individual research skills with data from a range of sources
10. Present information using different written, visual and oral media at a professional level

These skills are developed throughout the programme in all modules. They are developed through lectures and seminars, written work, and oral work (both presentation and class discussion)

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of essays, other written reports/projects, oral presentations, visual presentations, and a dissertation

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

11. Undertake independent research and work to deadlines
12. Use a range of IT skills appropriate to the material under study and to the requirements of the assignments
13. Digest, select and organise material from disparate sources for suitably illustrated, clear and concise written work of varying length
14. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations
15. Interact effectively with peers and staff.
16. Utilise a range of research resources efficiently and effectively
17. Plan and execute a substantial research project over a timescale of several months

Personal and key skills are delivered through all modules, with the following emphases:

1, 6 and 7 are an essential part of the successful
completion of the programme, primarily through
the dissertation ( ARCM700 or CLAM043). Those taking
the 90-credit dissertation will develop these skills
to an enhanced level.

2 is developed through all modules

3 is developed through a variety of written
assignments throughout the programme.

4 is developed primarily through ARCM110, ARCM120, and various optional modules

5 is developed through all modules

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of essays, other written reports/projects, visual presentations, and a dissertation

7. Programme Regulations

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Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

All students within Archaeology have a personal tutor for their entire programme of study and who are available for at least two hours a week at advertised ‘office hours’. There are induction sessions to orientate students at the start of their programme.  A personal tutoring system will operate with regular communication throughout the programme. Academic support will be also be provided by module leaders. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MA Roman Archaeology

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

31/01/2017

Date of last revision

31/08/2021