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Environmental Archaeology - MSc

Course Description

About the course:
-Gain advanced training in the palaeoenvironment
-Develop skills for a career in commercial and heritage organisations or future doctoral research
-Choose from geoarchaeology and bioarchaeology options for advanced skills in environmental-based assessments, heritage management and field projects
-Become part of a world-leading Department with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research


Sample modules:
-Issues and debates in environmental archaeology
-Field course
-Climate change and human communities
-Quaternary climate change
-Coastal and maritime geoarchaeology

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 Environmental Archaeology - MSc page on the University of Reading website for more details!

(Student Profile)


"My intention on leaving the course is to either pursue a PhD or work in Geoarchaeology. The MSc Environmental Archaeology course at Reading has provided me with an extensive list of practical (field and lab) and academic skills, allowing me to pursue either course successfully. As this degree has many practical aspects, e.g. field work experience, laboratory preparations, report writing, it has left me with many skills, including transferable skills such as time management to take into a workplace."

"The pastoral care, the willingness of lecturers to fully engage with students, whether it be in academic or personal support matters created a warm and friendly atmosphere conducive to further academic study. Fieldwork was an important aspect of the course, providing opportunity to explore themes and learn outside lectures."


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 in Archaeology, Geology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies or related fields.

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