M.Sc. On Campus

Maritime Archaeology

University of Southampton

12 months
21000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Explore people's changing relationships with the world’s oceans and seas at this Maritime Archaeology MSc course offered at the University of Southampton. You’ll study the technologies of seafaring, histories of environmental change, and underwater landscapes. This subject incorporates elements of traditional archaeology, ethnography, maritime history and marine science. 


Course Details

You can apply to study Maritime Archaeology as either an MSc or an MA at Southampton. 

This MSc version offers the same course content as our MA Maritime Archaeology degree but you’ll take a more science-based approach through your module choices and dissertation topic. 

The Maritime Archaeology MSc course offered at the University of Southampton draws on the world-leading expertise of the Centre for Maritime Archaeology to offer an unparalleled breadth and depth of content. 

The course is designed to allow rapid development of the diverse academic knowledge and practical skills required to work in this field, including: 

  • the latest methods for data acquisition and integration 
  • academic research and dissemination 
  • archaeological fieldwork 

This means you’ll cover all aspects of maritime archaeology, from those who wish to focus on field-based activities, both above and under water, through to laboratory or library-based research.

Career Opportunities

With this degree you'll be qualified to work as a maritime archaeologist in a wide range of careers. Areas you could work in include:

  • academic, commercial and cultural resource management 
  • heritage 
  • tourism 
  • non-governmental organisations (NGO) 

The skills and knowledge you'll develop will also be sought after in offshore industries, the media and business settings. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Maritime Archaeology
  • Archaeology Masters Dissertation
  • Maritime Aspects of Culture
  • Analysis of archaeological faunal remains
  • Ancient Mediterranean Seafaring
  • Bioarchaeology of Human Remains
  • Contexts for Human Origins Research

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 a 2:1 degree in in archaeology, anthropology, history or another relevant 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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