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Archaeology, M.Res.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #82 (QS) ,
By taking the Archaeology programme offered at the University of Nottingham, individual study pathways will be created based on your interests and your chosen area of research specialism. 


The Department of Classics and Archaeology welcomes applications from students who wish to pursue an MRes degree in archaeology. The MRes offers research general training and skills for those intending to pursue careers in which an understanding of research methods will be useful. You will further your own intellectual development and enhance your independent research skills by completing a major research project. The Archaeology programme offered at the University of Nottingham is ideal preparation for students who possess a sound understanding of the subject and who wish to undertake a PhD in Archaeology. In this sense, an MRes, as a substantial piece of original academic work, might well prove to be a decisive advantage when seeking future funding for doctoral study. 

We have specialists working in Old-World Prehistory, the ancient Mediterranean and the Roman world, and Medieval and Post-Medieval Europe, as well as internationally renowned expertise in bioarchaeology and archaeological materials, and underwater archaeology. You can follow a specialist pathway focusing on a specific period or region, or practical training in archaeological methods, and will undertake independent research supervised by a main supervisor and a co-supervisor on a pre-agreed research topic. 

Key facts

  • The department offers excellent facilities for teaching and research, including six newly refurbished research laboratories for bioarchaeology, archaeological materials, and imaging.
  • This course is taught within a thriving department that attracts academic and research staff from around the world, and which has a friendly and vibrant atmosphere. 
  • We have a good track recording in helping our postgraduate students secure competitive funding for their studies. 

Careers and professional development

The MA by Research in Archaeology is ideal preparation for a research career in Archaeology, following the suggested model of one year research training MA plus 3-year PhD favoured by the AHRC.

Programme Structure

Research Facilities
  • The Department of Classics and Archaeology has an impressive suite of dedicated research and teaching facilities available for postgraduates to use, housed within the School of Humanities. Research students have access to six research laboratories for bioarchaeology, archaeological materials, and imaging, and are welcome to join our research centres (Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception, Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies, Underwater Archaeology Research Centre). 
  • The University of Nottingham Museum has a collection of archaeological artefacts from Nottinghamshire and the wider East Midlands, Numismatic Collections and a small collection of material from other countries including Early Iron Age brooches and an Etruscan urn from Italy, pottery from Cyprus, jewellery and pottery from Egypt and Greek and Roman coins. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 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).

  • 2:1 (or international equivalent) preferably in archaeology. Students with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17550 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17550 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4350 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Nottingham

  • 583 - 980 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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