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Course summary

Course Overview

  • Accredited by both the Chartered Institute for Archaeology and University Archaeology UK, with hands-on fieldwork at its core, MSci Archaeology is designed to be the ideal start to a professional archaeology career.
  • Archaeology is a multidisciplinary practical degree. It produces graduates with sought-after transferable skills including critical analysis, communication and team working.
  • From week one you will be in the field learning these skills on a real archaeological excavation. During the degree you’ll examine and interpret a variety of evidence from human remains, Palaeolithic stone tools, Anglo-Saxon jewellery and the latest ancient DNA evidence.
  • As well as lectures and tutorials, you’ll spend time each year on placement in the UK and/or abroad, working on excavations, making real discoveries and helping carry out cutting-edge research. Our graduates have been on digs at Avebury and Stonehenge in Wiltshire, Neolithic settlements and tombs in Orkney and an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Cambridgeshire, to name but a few.
In the fourth year the MSci students transition to a supervisor role, experiencing day-to-day management of an archaeological project. In addition, they undertake a major piece of independent research often involving their own field or laboratory work. With the mixture of academic understanding, practical skills and fieldwork experience, the MSci in Archaeology is ideal for those seeking a career in archaeology. Why study with us
  • Spend 14 weeks in the field, working on real research excavations across the UK, making significant finds while developing both specialist and transferrable skills and knowledge.
  • Undertake a major independent research project on a topic of your choice in the 4th year, further developing your skills and employability.
  • We have state-of-the-art facilities, including an on-campus training excavation site, archaeological science lab, soil flotation unit, dedicated human bone labs, 3D scanners and cutting-edge excavation equipment.
Further Information


Year 1: Compulsory modules; The Archaeology of Britain, History of Archaeological Thought, Introduction to Archaeology, Study Skills & IT for Archaeology, Introduction to Osteology and Anthropology, Optional modules (one is selected; not all are available each year): Bones, Bodies and Burials, Museums, Heritage and History, Other electives are available across the University. Year 2: Compulsory modules; Archaeological Research & Study, Archaeological Fieldwork I, Thinking About the Past: Archaeological Theory, Optional modules (choose three modules from this list; not all modules are available each year): Environmental Change, Forensic Anthropology, Later Bronze Age and Iron Age Britain, Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain and Ireland, Roman and Post Roman Britain, Hunter Gatherers: Past and Present, Life and Death in Medieval Britain, Archaeology of the Modern World. Year 3: Compulsory modules; Archaeological Project, Archaeological Fieldwork II, Introduction to Professional Practice, Optional modules (choose three modules from the list below; not all modules are offered each year); Forensic Taphonomy, Hunter Gatherers: past and present, Neolithic & Early Bronze Age Britain, Later Bronze Age & Iron Age Britain, Roman and Post-Roman Britain, Life & Death in Medieval Britain, Archaeology of the Modern World, Designing Exhibitions for Museums. Year 4: Compulsory modules; Research Methods, Approaches to Archaeology, Archaeological Fieldwork III, Research Project (triple module).

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

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Qualification requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

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Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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