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Archaeology - MA

Course Description

About the course:
-Develop and enhance your knowledge of archaeology through a selection of specialist modules that suit your chronological, geographical and thematic interests
-A flexible degree that prepares you for a career in research, the commercial sector or heritage management
-Become part of a world-leading Department with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research
-Take thematic and skills-based options that integrate social and scientific techniques
-Benefit from dedicated laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities


Sample modules:
-Interpreting Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain
-Introduction to human bioarchaeology
-From village to metropolis: understanding the urban phenomenon of Ancient Rome
-Theoretical approaches in archaeology

Please note that all modules are subject to change.


Our graduates go on to full-time employment within archaeology and related consultancies or units, museums and government agencies. Up to one third continue their academic career through doctoral research. In recent years, graduates have been successful in obtaining appointments with heritage agencies (Historic England, National Trust) and universities, including Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Exeter and Newcastle.

Visit the Archaeology - MA page on the University of Reading website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Aleisha Bailey

"The course précis emphasised a focus on inter-disciplinary research, which interested me as I was going to be new to studying archaeology. The opportunity to combine different approaches to studying the past, and to work with people from different disciplines, appealed to me as a way to further my academic career. The best element of the course was being able to visit medieval sites around Reading. As an international student, this was a fantastic way to immerse myself in the period and see parts of England I would not have known about otherwise. The osteology laboratory in the Allen Lab was a great facility when I undertook the module on human bioarchaeology. The collection held by the University of Reading archaeology department was impressive and gave me the opportunity to work with remains from different time periods – each student worked on remains from a large cemetery and from different eras.

After the course, I wanted to be able to draw on my strengthened research and analytical skills. Writing the dissertation gave me the opportunity to work on researching and writing a longer piece of work and develop my arguments more than I would have in an essay. I am now working as a researcher and writer for the Australian Parliament, where I draw on my writing skills and my ability to analyse large amounts of information in order to draw out the narrative – skills I was able to develop at the University of Reading."


SAGES International Scholarship - 5 Awards

The School (SAGES) are offering International Postgraduate Scholarships worth £5000 to the strongest international applicants and the first recipients will be selected in April 2016. Scholarships are made in the form of a fee reduction.

Value of Scholarship(s)



• Applicants must hold an offer of a place from the School
• Awards are made based on merit demonstrated by the application
• Awards are available to part-time students as a one-off award of £5000
• Awards are not available for PGCert or PGDip
• Recipients of the award are required to accept their place within two-weeks of the offer
• The Overseas Deposit must normally be paid by the deadline set by the University, or the award will be revoked
• Students in receipt of the Scholarship may be asked to contribute to the School while at Reading

Application Procedure

Please register your interest in being considered for a Scholarship on your application.

Entry Requirements

First or good second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in archaeology, history, environmental studies or any related field. IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Last Updated

11 January 2017

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