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MA Archaeology of Medieval Europe – University of Reading

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MA Archaeology of Medieval Europe

Course overview

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

This course is designed for those wishing to develop their knowledge of the Middle Ages (AD 400-1500) through the advanced study of medieval archaeology. Reading has one of the largest concentrations of medieval archaeologists in the world and we combine technical and thematic modules that cover: Dark Age societies, Viking interactions, food and culture, and the Crusades, as well as bioarchaeology, illustration and language. There is a unique opportunity to attend a European placement, or work experience at Westminster Abbey. We provide emphasis on social archaeology and interdisciplinary approaches to medieval Britain, set in the context of northern and central Europe.

Modules include:

  • The Medieval Landscape
  • Dark Age Societies
  • Human Bioarchaeology
  • Material Lives: Medieval Objects in Everyday Use
  • Archaeozoology.

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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