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  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: You will require a good 2:1 or equivalent undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study.
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Module details

Students study one 30-credit core module and one 30-credit research training module, culminating in a 120 credit dissertation.

Compulsory modules

Frameworks of Human Evolution (ALGY663)
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100

This module aims to foster the learning skills essential for advanced study and writing, especially those of reviewing material, and preparing a bibliography to go with a research exercise;

​Students will become familiar with the issues surrounding the major early hominid and early archaeological sites;

​Students will become familiar with the nature of early hominid settings and the evidence preserved;

Students will become familiar with the potential and limits of inferences about early hominid behaviour;

For students to acquire and strengthen skills engendered by critical reading of select sources and presentation in discussion. ​

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be familiar with the major frameworks of human evolution, and be equipped with the research skills necessary for their study.

​Students will be familiar with the major early hominid / hominin and early archaeological sites.

Students will be familiar with the framework for current debates in early human evolution concerning the period before 0.5 million years ago. ​

​Students will be familiar with the potential for and limits of inferences about early hominin behaviour from material remains (fossils and material culture) with a particular emphasis on lithic technology.

​Students will be able to build upon skills in the critical evaluation of the relevant archaeological, geological and palaeontological texts.

Students will be able to strengthen the skills required to review material presented by others; structure and present effective seminars and written essays and prepare scientific bibliographies. ​

​Students will be able to recognise features of artefacts and assemblages (usually lithic) which can be used to infer hominin behaviour.

Research Project Development By Directed Study (HLAC503)
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100

To provide a focus for students'' knowledge of recent methodological and theoretical  developments in their chosen field and facilitate their acquisition of relevant subject knowledge;  

To provide a framework within which to design a feasible research project;

To arrive in a position to begin a piece of independent study, with confidence, within appropriate scholarly conventions.

Learning Outcomes

The student will gain the knowledge and skills needed ​to design a robust research project.

The student''s academic development will benefit from exploring the topic of his/her research with ​an acknowledged expert in the field.

The student will be prepared to undertake a major piece of independent research.​

The student will be prepared to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively​

Hlc Research Masters Dissertation (HLAC501)
Credit level120
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100

To provide the guidance and support to allow the student to complete a major piece of independent study to a high standard;

To encourage the student to develop as a member of a scholarly research community​ through providing opportunitie to integrate within that community.

Learning Outcomes

By completing a project successfully the student will have made a contribution to scholarly research and / or methodological development in their chosen field.

The student will have gained a good understanding of the conventions of scholarly research in their area of study and be able to work appropriately within these conventions.​

The student will have demonstrated a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.


The student will have demonstrated self-direction and originality in identifying and addressing problems and ability to act autonomously in planning and implementing a project to a high level of competency.​