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You'll learn through a series of seminars, lectures and workshops, and further develop your skills in conducting independent research and critical analytical thought.

Our MA students gain technical skills in key archaeological methods and techniques, and MSc students have fully equipped and dedicated laboratories for bone analysis, stable isotope analysis, micromorphology, palynology, geoarchaeology and digital X-rays, as well as a microscopic suite.

"The lectures and seminars were engaging and thought-provoking. The staff were very good at explaining things and I found the learning process was organised very professionally."

Ivan Krivokorin – Archaeology master’s graduate

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Developing research skills

You'll take a research skills module, which includes a series of workshops and practicals on writing essays, dissertations, research proposals and publications, information and communication technology resources, and quantitative applications in archaeology.

Our annual master's conference will help develop your oral presentation skills, and there are also opportunities to get involved with staff fieldwork projects.

Hands-on learning

MSc students taking our unique core module In at the Deep End: Professional Practice will get first-hand practical experience in the appropriate excavation of skeletal remains using a mock burial site.

Links with industry

Our MSc programme has been developed in response to industry need, and in consultation with professional practitioners. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to engage with professionals and develop vital contacts for your future career.

The University of Reading has strong links with external organisations such as Oxford Archaeology, The British Museum, Historic England, and Wessex Archaeology, allowing you to learn from their experience in the field and in the museum sector as osteologists.

You will also learn about the realities of working within the modern archaeological sector through contact with professionals from commercial units and museums, through guest lectures and site visits.

"Reading's MSc in Professional Human Osteoarchaeology provides an essential bridge between an academic degree and the demands of working within the sector."

Louise Loe – Head of Burials, Oxford Archaeology

Life in the Department

Join our inclusive community of staff and students, where you'll be supported to develop your expertise and explore new areas of research.

Our facilities

Learn about our extensive archaeology facilities, from purpose-built teaching laboratories to unique on-campus museums.

Our research

We have an international reputation for the quality of our archaeological research. 97% of our research was judged to be of international standing in the Research Excellence Framework, 2014.
Athena SWAN Silver Award