MA Archaeology

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Mar 13, 2023 19:31PM IST

About M.A. Archaeology

Master of Arts or MA in Archaeology is a two-year postgraduate programme where human history and prehistory is taught to the students with the help of the detailed analysis of the artifacts and excavation of sites. Appropriate training and education are imparted in the recovery, interpretation, and analysis of archaeological contexts and materials in addition to providing sufficient knowledge in one or multiple traditional cognate fields such as history, anthropology, art history, classics etc through the MA Archaeology course. Patience is the key skill demanded in an archaeologist as it is normal for an archaeologist to spend immeasurable time in excavation sites and laboratories. All the details about the MA Archaeology course have been provided below like the eligibility criteria, syllabus, career options, top colleges offering MA in Archaeology etc. 

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Highlights of M.A. Archaeology Course

Check out the MA Archaeology course highlights from the table below - 

Name of Programme

Master of Arts in Archaeology

Duration of Programme

02 Years

Level of Programme


Eligibility Criteria

BA in Archaeology or relevant discipline from any recognised University with a minimum overall aggregate of 50%

Admission Process

Both entrance exam-based and merit-based admission process

Average Programme Fee

INR 2,000/- to INR 40,000/- per annum

Suitable Job Roles

Research Associates, Teachers, Curators, Archaeologists etc

Average Starting Salary


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Eligibility Criteria for M.A. Archaeology

Applicants must be a graduate in Archaeology or any relevant discipline from any recognised university with a minimum overall aggregate score of 50% to be eligible for MA Archaeology admission in a reputed institution. 

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M.A. Archaeology Admission Process

Where there are some MA Archaeology institutions that conduct an entrance exam to offer admission, some institutions offer merit-based admission to the aspirants. In the merit-based admission process, the aspirants are given admission on the basis of their previous qualifying exam scores. In the entrance-based admission process, the eligible candidates are asked to appear in an entrance examination, either conducted by the institution or by the university to which the institute is affiliated. Some institutions conducting entrance examinations for offering admission also conduct an additional personal interview round before publishing the final admission list. BHU PET is an example of an entrance examination conducted for MA Archaeology admission in Banaras Hindu University. 

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M.A. Archaeology Syllabus

The detailed syllabus for the MA Archaeology programme have been provided in the table below - 



1st Semester

  • Ancient World
  • History and Culture of India
  • Ancient Indian Society
  • Political History of Ancient India (319 AD to 1200 AD)
  • Political History of Ancient India (Before 319 AD)         

2nd Semester

  • Major Archaeological Sites of India
  • Early Historic Archaeology
  • Ancient Indian Economy
  • Science and Technology in Ancient India
  • Ancient Indian Administration and Policy

3rd Semester

  • Heritage Management
  • Museology
  • Pre-History of India
  • Proto-History of India
  • Elements of Ancient Indian Art
  • Elements of Archaeological Studies
  • Ancient Indian Numismatics
  • Ancient Indian Epigraphy
  • Historiography
  • Electives

4th Semester

  • Biological Anthropology
  • South Asian Pre-History
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Environmental Archaeology
  • Elements of Ancient Indian Architecture
  • Elements of Field Archaeology
  • Study of Ancient Pottery
  • Principles and Methods of Archaeology
  • Concept and Methods of Tools in Ancient India
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Career Prospects after M.A. Archaeology

Top recruiting organizations prefer to hire MA Archaeology students in various job profiles mentioned below - 

  • Heritage Managers
  • Conservationists
  • Lecturers/Professors
  • Museum Curators
  • Archaeologists
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Related Questions


Abhik Das, Student / Alumni

-Answered on June-26-2022

Dear student, the official website of Government Arts College Karur does not contain any detailed information regarding whether or not the MA admission process for the academic year 2021-22 has started. You can get in touch with the college officials for more detailed information through the contact details mentioned below - 

Office Ph. 91 - 4324 - 257534

Office FAX 91 - 4324 - 257534

There are several other reputed MA institutions that have started the admission process for the current academic year and you can easily apply in any of them through our Common Application Form right now. These institutions are world-class institutions and are currently in the final phase of the admission application process. Apply now through our application form for a secured seat in your desired MA specialization. For more details, call 18005729877!

How can I do my master in English
-Mahbubur -Updated on June-15-20224 Answers

Navneet, Student / Alumni

-Answered on June-15-2022
In order to pursue a career in English Literature, you should go with MA in English. There are many universities that offer MA in English. Being a part of LPU, I can share Information regarding this course in LPU. The program in MA English focuses on literary analysis and criticism of English literature with an intellectual journey through poetry, theatre and fiction. The programme also trains students in creative and journalistic writing. Eligibility Criteria (Qualifying Exam) Pass with 50%aggregate marksin Bachelor’s degree (any discipline) or equivalent. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE COURSE Requisites & Conditions for International Exposure Option · Separate fee for study tourwill be charged and informed at the time of giving the option. The study tour may include the provision of travel, boarding, lodging and vegetarian meal as per stipulated itinerary; and any other expenses for undertaking the tour shall be borne by the student himself. · In certain eventualities beyond the control of the country, tour may be shifted to other country such as Canada/Australia. · If student is not able to get Visa or fulfill any formality by the prescribed date for the purpose of visiting and staying in the host country, as decided by the University for international exposure or could not undertake the tour due to any other reason including Family/health problem,then he will not be entitled to claim any other option or refund or compensation in any manner whatsoever. · Student shall pay the fee and other charges payable to the University for the remaining duration of the programme before going fort our abroad.
When is giving form for M.A
-KARTHIKA -Updated on Mar-31-20222 Answers

priyal gogna, Student / Alumni

-Answered on Mar-31-2022
Hi there, the admission at LPU is going on. I will guide you for the admission procedure so that you won’t face any hassle. You can follow the steps to proceed: Step 1- Signup Register on LPU’s admission portal with your basic details. You will receive mail once you have successfully registered. Login at LPU’s admission portal with an already created username and password. Step 2- Application for Admission Fill the application form and submit. Select your programme from the list. Make a partial payment of Rs. 10,000/- (Application fee, i.e., Rs. 500; Rest under the programme fee of the first semester). Upload the documents for verification. Pay the balance fee within the time frame as set by LPU. In case you would like to appear for LPUNEST for scholarship purposes, you may proceed with depositing the test fee later on.