Archaeology, M.Sc. | University of Southampton | Southampton, United Kingdom
12 months
22136 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Build the skills you need for a career in archaeological research or the heritage industry with this Archaeology MSc course offered by the University of Southampton. You’ll gain practical experience and benefit from our close ties with museums and organisations involved in commercial archaeology, heritage management and fieldwork.


Course Details

With this Archaeology MSc course offered by the University of Southampton you can personalise your studies to areas that interest you, without having to specialise in a particular area. We bring expertise together from across the University, including the National Oceanography Centre, Humanities, Medicine, Engineering and Winchester School of Art, to help you gain both scientific skills and cultural understanding through a range of optional modules.

This master's in archaeology enables you to develop your skills in a practical way, whilst learning from theoretical and period-based insights. You’ll have full access to a wide range of dedicated facilities and specialist teachers.

These include:

  • a dedicated library
  • a large collection of stone tools and hominin skulls
  • specialist isotope labs and a scanning, imaging and micro-CT suite
  • an extensive collection of human and animal skeletons

We have relationships with a number of leading heritage institutions and companies. You’ll have the opportunity to spend 4 weeks on placement with one of these institutions, where you’ll gain valuable real-world experience of the archaeology sector and heritage industry. Previous placements have included Historic England, Wessex Archaeology and The Nautical Archaeology Society.

In addition to your vocational training, you'll develop advanced research skills. When you write your dissertation you’ll be able to embed with one of our research groups to undertake original research on a topic that you choose. There is the possibility that this work will be published.

Southampton is close to the World Heritage sites of Stonehenge and Avebury and we have research projects engaged with both sites, as well as a range of other archaeological projects across the globe.

We offer 4 pathways on our MSc Archaeology degree. If you’re not sure which area of archaeology you want to specialise in, then this general pathway gives you the chance to explore a number of different areas.

Your other Archaeology MSc pathway options are:

  • Archaeology Bioarchaeology - Gain specialist skills in human anatomy and faunal analysis to make sense of the past. Benefit from dedicated archaeology laboratories and specialist research.
  • Archaeology Higher Archaeological Practice - Discover our Archaeological Practice master's degree at the University of Southampton. Learn how to get a job in archaeology and commercial archaeology.
  • Archaeology Palaeoanthropology - Discover our Palaeoanthropology master's degree at the University of Southampton. Learn to analyse stone tools and hominin skulls to understand our evolution.

Career Opportunities

This programme includes opportunities for credit-bearing placements within organisations involved in commercial archaeology, heritage management, fieldwork projects and/or museums. The placements are typically organised by the University, and may be available to students following all specialisms, or crossing between them.

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
  • Historic Scotland
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Geophysical Surveys of Bradford
  • Channel Coastal Observatory
  • Portsmouth City Council
  • Maritime Archaeology Trust
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Archaeology Masters Dissertation
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Materials, Technology and Social Life
  • Maritime Aspects of Culture
  • Human Skeletal Studies
  • Bioarchaeology of Human Remains
  • Analysis of archaeological faunal remains
  • Professional Practice
  • Professional Placement in the Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Sector
  • Stonehenge to Skara Brae: the Neolithic of Britain
  • Living with the Romans: Urbanism in the Roman Empire
  • Archaeology of Seafaring
  • Ecology of human evolution: biological, social and cultural approaches to hominin adaptations.
  • GIS for Archaeology
  • The Archaeology and Anthropology of Adornment
  • Remaking Rome
  • Jerusalem: City and Symbol

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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    22136 GBP/year
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    9250 GBP/year
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Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

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