Establish wide-ranging, advanced practical skills, while gaining a deep theoretical knowledge and understanding of the logistical challenges, legal requirements and ethics involved in archaeological fieldwork.
The Field Archaeology course from University of York will give you a thorough knowledge of how, and why, archaeological fieldwork has arrived at its current state and acquaint you with the key methods employed in modern fieldwork, analysis and dissemination. You'll learn to think strategically about project design and tactically about project implementation.
You'll build a deeper understanding of the theoretical, legislative and ethical context of archaeological fieldwork whilst you study among a community of practitioners that is unrivalled in the UK.
As well as learning from leading figures in the field, you'll be supervised by our experienced, well-connected staff. There are also opportunities for placement experience with professional archaeological organisations, further developing the skills and knowledge essential for varied archaeological careers and research.
Careers and skills
Our graduates have gone on to pursue research degrees or take up managerial positions working for museum, conservation and archaeological services and for local councils, national authorities, field units and heritage bodies. Other graduates have set up their own archaeological businesses, both within the UK and in other countries. You'll also develop transferable skills that are applicable to a multitude of careers beyond archaeology and heritage.
Some of the organisations now employing our students include:
- Historic England
- English Heritage
- The National Trust
- Natural England
- Commercial archaeological units
- York Archaeological Trust
- The Council for British Archaeology
- National Park services
- UK and overseas museum services
- Local Authorities
- Yorkshire Museums Trust
- Portable Antiquities Scheme
- Churches Conservation Trust
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- Context and practice of gathering field archaeology data
- Analysis, interpretation and dissemination of field archaeology data
- Analysis and Visualisation
- Sustainability: understanding sustainability as change through time
- Experimental Archaeology Design and Practice
- Artefacts from Excavation
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.
DisciplinesArchaeology View 151 other Masters in Archaeology in United Kingdom
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- 2:1 or equivalent in Archaeology or a related subject. We also consider applicants who have a 2:2 degree and relevant work experience.
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International18700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18700 GBP per year during 12 months.
National8440 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8440 GBP per year during 12 months.
Part-time (2 years)
- UK: £4,220
- Internatinal/EU: £9,350
- UK/EU: £2,813
- International/EU: £6,233
Living costs for York
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.