M.Sc. On Campus

Higher Archaeological Practice

University of Southampton

12 months
21000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Higher Archaeological Practice MSc course offered at the University of Southampton, is a pathway-based MSc degree, with a strong vocational content, that is designed to develop skills in the management and implementation of archaeological projects. It is intended for those preparing for a career in commercial archaeology or as continuing professional development. 


Course Details

Students will acquire expertise in a range of skills and techniques, from survey and excavation, to post-excavation analysis of objects and materials, archiving, reporting, publication and heritage management. Through project-based activities, and field- and laboratory-based elements, they will learn about the structure and organisation of archaeological practice within the UK, how to design and manage archaeological projects, and how to write and prepare reports.

The Higher Archaeological Practice MSc course offered at the University of Southampton has a strong practical component and aims to replicate real-world situations. Students have full and unlimited access to the facilities in the Department of Archaeology, including dedicated archaeological survey, computing and imagine facilities, lithics, ceramics and osteology labs, and extensive teaching collections. Southampton is located in close proximity to some of the UK’s premier archaeological sites and landscapes, including the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site.

Archaeology at the University of Southampton has close links to industry and national heritage bodies such as Historic England through its Coastal and Offshore Archaeology Services, Centre for Applied Human Origins Research and Archaeological Prospection Service. Its staff work in collaboration, and have held formal roles, with many of the big commercial archaeological units in the UK, including the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Cotswold Archaeology, Oxford Archaeology and Wessex Archaeology.

Career Opportunities

You’ll gain a lots of practical, vocational experience on the course. Most students go on to work in archaeology, the heritage industry and science. Job roles have included:

  • archaeologist
  • maritime archaeologist
  • project officer
  • trainee geophysicist
  • community outreach
  • coastal process scientist
  • civil servant
  • teacher
  • forensic scientist

Graduates have gone on to work for:

  • Wessex Archaeology
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Historic Scotland
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Geophysical Surveys of Bradford
  • Channel Coastal Observatory
  • Portsmouth City Council
  • Maritime Archaeology Trust
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  • A number of museums

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Practice
  • Professional Placement in the Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Sector
  • Archaeology Masters Dissertation
  • Contexts for Human Origins Research
  • Bioarchaeology of Human Remains
  • Analysis of archaeological faunal remains
  • GIS for Archaeology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You’ll need the minimum of a 2:1 degree in archaeology, anthropology, geography, biology, history or a related subject.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £21,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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