This is a flexible degree that prepares you for a career in research, the commercial sector or heritage management.
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.
You will 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, with the opportunity to study a suite of modules from prehistory to the medieval period. Alternatively you can opt to follow specialised pathway in Medieval Europe, Bioarchaeology or the Middle East. These pathways enable you to concentrate your studies on our specialised research areas through your dissertation, a core period module and a themed "Issues and debates" module.
Our assessments are varied, providing a mix of vocational and research opportunities, including:
skeletal and lab-based reports
in-class practical assessments
poster and conference presentations
Class sizes are kept to a minimum but vary depending on the modules selected.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in staff research excavations in Europe (Crusades project), the Isle of Islay, or take a study trip to Turkey (Middle East pathway).
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 climate and 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?
Research skills and career learning
Material cultures and identities in the Roman Empire
Food and culture
Climate change and human societies
The edge of the Pleistocene world
Interpreting Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain
Celtic, Roman and provincial coinage
Research and enterprise placement, or micro-placement
Compulsory for Medieval Europe Pathway:
Issues and debates in medieval archaeology
Dark Age societies AD400-1000
Viking interactions in the west
Encountering the twelfth century
Colonisation and cultural transformation: the archaeology of crusading
Medieval Latin and palaeography
Compulsory for Bioarchaeology Pathway:
Issues and debates in bioarchaeology
Archaeological bone chemistry
Coastal and maritime geoarchaeology
Applications of micromorphological analysis
Vegetation history and archaeobotany
Compulsory for Middle East Pathway:
Themes and debates in Archaeology of the Middle East
The archaeology of early Turkey
Themes and approaches in the study of Mesopotamia
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £7,360 per year
New international students: £15,650 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated.
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. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
See specific information on postgraduate scholarships (PDF –147kb) for the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science.
What career can you have?
What career can you have?
Our recent graduates have gone onto to further study through funded PhD projects, as well as finding 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.