• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

There are opportunities to specialise in a range of subjects, including material culture studies, funerary archaeology, British and European prehistory, Greek and Roman archaeology, and thematic areas relevant to all periods and regions of archaeological study such as environment, landscape, material culture, death and burial, age and gender, warfare, ritual and religion, and archaeological theory and method.

The Cultural Archaeology programme offered at the University of Birmingham is an ideal foundation for doctoral research in all fields of cultural archaeology, as well as training in practical and research skills for careers in archaeology and heritage.

We offer the flexibility to upgrade from Certificate to Diploma level and from Diploma to Masters level during your programme as you develop your postgraduate studies. We also offer a Landscape Archaeology pathway on the Archaeology MA.

Careers

Birmingham's Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology graduates develop a broad range of transferable skills including: familiarity with research methods; the ability to manage large quantities of information from diverse sources; the ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner; the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines; critical and analytical ability; the capacity for argument, debate and speculation; and the ability to base conclusions on statistical research.

Over the past three years, over 93% of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Many of our postgraduates enter roles for which their programme has especially prepared them, such as museum and heritage activities and archaeological posts. 

Elsewhere, a range of professions are undertaken by our graduates, from librarianship and teaching to accountancy. Employers that our graduates have gone on to work for include: AC archaeology; University of Birmingham; and the National Trust.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Archaeological Theory, Method and Interpretation
  • Material Culture
  • Funerary Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Greece
  • Byzantine Archaeology and Material Culture
  • Creating Europe: Complex Societies 1000 BC – AD 1000

      Detailed Programme Facts

      • Programme intensity

        You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

        Full-time
        • Full-time duration 12 months
        • Duration description
          • Diploma - 8 months full-time 
          • Certificate - 4 months full-time.
        Part-time
        • Average part-time duration 24 months
        • Intensity Flexible
        • Duration description
          • Diploma - 16 months part-time
      • Languages
        • English
      • Delivery mode
        On Campus
      • More information Go to the programme website

      English Language Requirements

      • Minimum required score:

        6.5

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      • Minimum required score:

        88

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      Academic Requirements

      You need the following GPA score:

      Required score: Lower Second Class
      Recommended score: Upper Second Class

      Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

      Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

      General Requirements

      • We normally require a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) for the MA programme or a 2:2 degree (or equivalent) for the Diploma and Certificate programmes, in Archaeology or a related discipline.

      Tuition Fee

      • International

        17910 GBP/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 17910 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
      • EU/EEA

        9250 GBP/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
      We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
      M.A.:
      • Home/EU: £4,625 PT
      Diploma:
      • Home/EU: £6,167 FT; £3,083 PT
      • Overseas: £17,910 FT

      Certificate:

      • Home/EU: £3,083 FT or PT
      • Overseas: £8,955 FT

      Living costs for Birmingham

      • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
        Living Costs

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

      Funding

      • Government-backed postgraduate loans are available to help UK and EU students to finance their studies. Loans are available of up to £10,906 for Masters by Research students and up to £25,700 for PhD students, in all subject areas. 
      • International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

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