This degree enables you to gain advanced training in the palaeoenvironment.
Become part of a world-leading Department of Archaeology with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, as you develop the skills for a career in commercial and heritage organisations or future doctoral research.
With a choice of geoarchaeology and bioarchaeology modules, this course gives you the opportunity to gain advanced skills in environmental-based assessments, heritage management and field projects.
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, micromorphology, palynology, geoarchaeology, digital x-ray and microscopic suite (CAF) and an MSc study room. Our analytical suite is extensive and allows you access to a range of techniques for your research projects.
Our assessments are varied, providing a mix of vocational and research skills:
field survey reports
You will also have the option to present part of your dissertation as a research article.
Class sizes are kept to a minimum but vary depending on the modules selected.
Research in Archaeology is nurtured by world-class research clusters that provide an interdisciplinary environment for engagement within and across themes, projects and regional studies. These research clusters focus on advancing social and scientific approaches to past communities and environments and issues of fundamental significance, including climate and environmental change, health, diet, social diversity and inclusivity, and cultural heritage. We benefit from state-of-the art resources for science-based archaeological research and have strong research links and collaborations with departments across the University, as well as external institutions.
As an MSc Environmental Archaeology student, you can take an optional "Research and enterprise placement" module, during which you will be placed with a member of staff, a unit or with a local environmental agency. Students also work with Quaternary Scientific (QUEST). QUEST is the School’s enterprise unit and provides archaeological, forensic and environmental scientific services to industry. Through these opportunities, you will gain experience of working within a commercial environment.
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.
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, geology, earth sciences, environmental studies or any related field.
What will you study?
Issues and debates in environmental archaeology
Research skills and career learning
Statistical Approaches: Making sense of your data
Field Methods and Experimentation
Field Course: Earth Science & Archaeological Investigations
Geochemistry in Quaternary Science and Archaeology
Climate Change and Human Communities
Quaternary Climate Change
Coastal and Maritime Geoarchaeology
Tropical Rainforests, Climate and Land Use Through Time
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: £8,410 per year
New international students: £18,760 per year
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.
The fees given are for entry in the academic year starting in September 2017, and will be confirmed in your offer letter.You can find more information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
What career can you have?
What career can you have?
Our recent graduates have gone on to to further study through funded PhD projects, and found careers in archaeological units, heritage organisations, environmental consultancies, local authorities, and research laboratories and organisations. We also have graduates who are now working as advisers for various agencies including, most recently, Wessex Archaeology.