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Maritime Archaeology

University of Southampton

12 months
19850 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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At the Maritime Archaeology MA course offered at the University of Southampton you’ll explore the changing relationship people have had with the world’s oceans and seas. You’ll study the technologies of seafaring, histories of environmental change, and submerged landscapes. This subject incorporates elements of traditional archaeology, ethnography, maritime history and marine science. 


Course Details

You can apply to study our maritime archaeology master’s degree as either an MA or MSc at Southampton. 

The Maritime Archaeology MA course offered at the University of Southampton offers the same course content as our MSc Maritime Archaeology but you’ll take a more humanities-based approach through your module choices and dissertation topic. 

The course 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 underwater archaeology, through to laboratory or library-based research. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme will be suited to work in a wide range of careers. Specifically they will be well suited to maritime archaeological posts in: 

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

More broadly the skills and knowledge developed are appropriate to work in offshore industries, the media and business settings. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contexts for Human Origins Research
  • Bioarchaeology of Human Remains
  • Analysis of archaeological faunal remains
  • Professional Practice
  • Materials, Technology and Social Life
  • Nautical Archaeology
  • Marine Geoarchaeology
  • Archaeology Masters Dissertation
  • Maritime Aspects of Culture

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

A 2:1 degree in a one of the following subjects:

  • archaeology
  • anthropology
  • history
  • another relevant subject

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19850 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 Full-time: £19,850

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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