Study your MA Archaeology with a focus on Medieval Europe as you prepare for a career in research, the commercial sector or heritage management. You will need to apply to the MA Archaeology programme, and upon enrolment you will have the option to select the recommended modules to build your own pathway to specialise in Medieval Europe.
Join a world-leading Department of Archaeology with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research as you take thematic and skills-based options that integrate social and scientific techniques for a deeper understanding of the past.
By focusing on Medieval Europe, you can choose from a diverse range of options covering the full extent of the middle ages (AD 400-1600), and you will learn from one of the largest and most dynamic groups of medieval archaeologists in the world.
You will also have access to state-of-the-art facilities including fully-equipped and dedicated laboratories for human skeletal remains and animal bone analysis, stable isotope analysis, microscopic suite (CAF) and an MA study room. Our analytical suite is extensive, allowing students to access a range of techniques for their research projects.
You will gain an effective grounding in archaeological practice and research while simultaneously concentrating your studies on Medieval Europe research areas through your dissertation, and core period modules.
Our assessments are varied, providing a mix of vocational and research opportunities, including:
poster and conference presentations
skeletal and lab-based reports
in-class practical assessments
Class sizes are kept to a minimum but vary depending on the modules selected.
You may also have the opportunity to participate in staff research excavations in Europe (Crusades project), the Isle of Islay, or more locally at the famous Silchester Roman Town excavation.
Research in Archaeology is nurtured by world-class research clusters. These clusters provide an interdisciplinary environment for advancing social and scientific approaches to past communities and environments as well as issues of fundamental significance, including environmental change, health, diet, social diversity and inclusivity, and cultural heritage. We benefit from excellent resources for both humanities-based and science-based archaeological research, and have strong research links and collaborations with departments across the University and external institutions.
As part of your degree you can take an optional "Research and enterprise placement" module, during which you will be placed with a member of staff, or with a museum or archaeological unit such as the British Museum or Oxford Archaeology, to gain experience of working within an external commercial environment.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).
Entry requirements: First or good second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in archaeology, history, environmental studies or any related field.
What will you study?
Issues and debates in medieval archaeology
The Dark Ages
Colonisation and cultural transformation: the archaeology of crusading
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2019/20 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs.
Our recent graduates have found employment in professional archaeology, museums, publishing, journalism, radio and television, the heritage and leisure industries, the fields of conservation (including the natural and built environment), government office, and teaching. Others have gone on to further study through funded PhD projects.
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.