12 months
18700 GBP/year
8440 GBP/year
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Join the Iron Age and Celtic Archaeology programme at the University of York and discover more about the ancient Celts and their encounters with the Greek and Roman world.

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The European Iron Age is a dynamic focus of contemporary archaeological research. This Iron Age and Celtic Archaeology programme at the University of York takes an interdisciplinary approach, studying archaeological evidence alongside classical literary sources, and examines the impact of new scientific analysis.

You'll discuss the nature of Celtic identity and the broader meaning of ethnicity in past societies. Scientific developments, for example in ancient DNA research, will inform our ideas and spark new debates.

You can tailor the course with options covering a huge range of topics, including landscape, society, animals, conservation, and scientific techniques such as isotope and ancient DNA analysis. The skills you develop in laboratory and fieldwork will be useful for careers or further research in archaeology and heritage.

This is the only UK masters specialising in European Iron Age archaeology. The University of York is establishing itself as a major centre for research on the period, and the Department of Archaeology is home to staff with specialist expertise in the field.

Careers and skills

Many of the Department's graduates secure funding for PhD research projects and go on to pursue careers in academia. The course will also equip you for a range of careers from commercial archaeology to heritage and museum work. You will gain a broad range of transferable skills, applicable to areas beyond the archaeology and heritage sectors.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Department have gone on to work in:

  • National heritage agencies, such as English Heritage, Historic Scotland and CADW
  • International, national and local archaeological agencies
  • Commercial archaeological companies
  • National parks
  • Heritage and conservation organisations

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Ancient Celts: Archaeology and Identity in Iron Age Europe
  • Life and Death in Iron Age Britain and Ireland
  • Roman Europe
  • Death, Burial and Commemoration in the Roman World
  • The Archaeology of Human Bones
  • Debates in Funerary Archaeology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 or equivalent

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18700 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8440 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8440 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time fees (2 years)

  • Home: £4,220
  • EU and International: £9,350

Part-time fees (3 years)

  • Home: £2,813
  • EU and International: £6,233

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 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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