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As a master's student in the Department of Archaeology, you'll be part of a community that is passionate about its subject.

You'll have the opportunity to learn from world-class researchers in a department that is consistently ranked among the top in the UK for archaeology (Reading is 8th out of the UK universities ranked in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021, and 41st overall).

We pride ourselves on providing a friendly and engaging environment in which to pursue your learning and professional development, working together with your instructors and with other students. Our small class sizes mean that staff get to know you as individuals, so we can provide advice and assistance tailored to your interests and needs.

"Combining work with studies [as I did] is of course a juggling act, but I have had the support of both the Department and my work. At points where I have struggled, the lecturers have always been there to offer support and have been able to make adjustments to ensure I would get coursework completed.”

Elizabeth Garnett, MSc student

Learn more about the experiences of our master's students

Our community

We value everyone as members of our community, and recognise that we each have unique perspectives, abilities, and ideas to offer. Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion working group brings together staff and students to ensure that the values of inclusivity are present in our classrooms, activities and spaces.

We are the only archaeology department in England to hold an Athena SWAN silver award, which recognises our focus on gender equality.

Athena SWAN promotes representation, progression, and success for all. It focuses specifically on the advancement of women's careers across higher education in all academic fields. The charter also promotes our support for transgender staff and students.

Facilities

Our bright and cheerful Archaeology building is the heart of our department – a home away from home for many of our students.

Alongside our specialist teaching labs and artefact collections, we have a dedicated reading room for master's students, a PC lab, and spaces to sit and chat – all within the same building.

The building is just a short walk from the Library, the Students’ Union building, cafés, and other amenities on the Whiteknights campus.

Find out more about our facilities

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Our courses

Further your studies and gain professional expertise with a master's programme at Reading. We offer MA Archaeology and MSc Professional Human Osteoarchaeology courses.
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How you'll study

Learn through a combination of seminars, lectures and workshops, and further your skills in conducting independent research and critical analytical thought.
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Meet the team

Our academics have a range of expertise in the field of archaeology. They are passionate about sharing their knowledge through teaching, fieldwork and world-renowned research.
Athena SWAN Silver Award