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MA Archaeology – University of Reading

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MA Archaeology

Course overview

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: 24 months
  • Start date: September

This MA allows you to develop and enhance your knowledge of archaeology through a selection of specialist modules that suit your chronological, geographical and thematic interests. Our taught modules span the lower Palaeolithic to later medieval periods throughout Europe and the Near East, covering theoretical issues such as gender, the life course, material culture, identity, diet, the Crusades, climate change, coastal and maritime exploitation and human bioarchaeology. We combine both theoretical and technical modules to provide you with a wide range of research and vocational skills, and provide a more flexible approach than our more specialised archaeology courses.

Modules include:

  • Theoretical Approaches in Archaeology
  • Colonisation and Cultural Transformation: The Archaeology of Crusading
  • Themes and Issues in the Archaeology of Iran
  • Material Cultures and Identities in the Roman Empire
  • Human Bioarchaeology.

Why choose Reading

  • We are ranked top in the UK for world-class research.
  • We offer advanced study in archaeology on courses taught by academics with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research.
  • We are skills focused through our world-leading fieldwork and research projects we train graduates to the highest standards as a preparation for doctoral study and professional employment.
  • We provide a strong research grounding linking social and scientific archaeology.
  • Take advantage of outstanding teaching collections and facilities housed in modern premises.
  • Join our lively and welcoming Department situated on a beautiful, award-winning green campus.

Career prospects

Many of our postgraduates go on to full-time graduate-level employment within archaeology and related consultancies or units, but also within museums and government agencies. Up to one third continue their academic career through doctoral research. In recent years, Reading postgraduate students have been successful in obtaining appointments with heritage agencies (e.g. English Heritage, National Trust) and universities, including Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Cork, Durham, Exeter, Glasgow, Leicester, London, Newcastle and Reading.

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Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you also be eligible to apply


Normally a First or good Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in Archaeology or other relevant fields.

Contact Us

For enquiries about course content, structure & syllabus, please contact:

Director of Postgraduate Studies

Dr Mary Lewis

For enquiries about admissions requirements, please contact:


Fees & costs

Course feesMore information about course fees

The fee you pay is dependent on the course you are taking, whether you take the course full-time or part-time, and whether or not you are coming from outside the EU.

Living costsMore information about living costs

At least £180 per week, but varies depending on lifestyle.

Alumni discount

If you’re a Reading graduate, you can receive up to £1,000 off course fees through our alumni fee discount – find out more here


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