MA Archaeology and Heritage

University of Sheffield    Department of Archaeology

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2 years part time Award winner
History & Archaeology (19)

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Unleash your passion for archaeology and heritage with the MA Archaeology and Heritage programme at the University of Sheffield. Tailored to suit both general and specialized interests, this course offers a bespoke learning experience where you can delve into your preferred period, region, or approach within the field of archaeology. Choose between a research dissertation or a work placement to enhance your employability and academic skills. The curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in archaeology while allowing flexibility for individual exploration. With a focus on professional and transferable skills, this programme prepares you for a successful career in archaeology or further academic pursuits, such as a PhD. Taught by historians engaged in cutting-edge research, you'll benefit from a diverse curriculum spanning various historical periods and regions. The entry requirements include a minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in arts, humanities, or science, with a strong interest in archaeology. Join a vibrant postgraduate community, engage in field trips, seminars, and tutorials, and unlock your potential in the fascinating world of archaeology and heritage.

About the course

Each pathway provides a route into advanced study either for students with general interests (archaeology) or more focused interests (landscape or heritage).

You'll create a bespoke course within a clear structure that allows you to engage your specific interests in period, region or approach while building on a strong foundation of understanding archaeology as a discipline.

For all of these, you’ll choose between completing a research dissertation or developing employability through a work placement.

You’ll develop the professional and transferable skills you need to progress to a career in this field. This course is excellent preparation for a PhD.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in an arts, humanities or science subject.

Your interest in and understanding of archaeology is more important than what you studied at undergraduate level: we may consider degrees in other subjects if you display an interest in archaeology in your application.

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Charlie Winterburn

Why did you decide to study this degree programme?

I chose MA Heritage and Archaeology as my degree programme for the multitude of options that the programme offered for my desired career in archaeology. I also wanted to continue working and studying in one of the world's best archaeology departments.

What did you enjoy most about your course and the subject you were studying?

Archaeology is one of the only disciplines equipped to understand some of the world's biggest questions, both in the past and the questions about how we navigate the modern world.

What attracted you to the University of Sheffield?

I was attracted to the University of Sheffield due to the historic standing of the department, and the successes of the department in recent years.

What did you do when you finished your degree at Sheffield?

During my PG studies the department did everything possible to support students throughout the pandemic, creating a supportive and encouraging environment. When I finished my studies I began working in commercial archaeology across a number of projects, such as infrastructure and housing developments. Helping to mitigate the impact of development on archaeological and heritage assets. After which I began working for Landgage Heritage as an archaeology consultant assisting in development matters in a way that is thoughtful and considerate of archaeological and heritage assets.

How did the department and/or University help you to work towards reaching your goals after graduation?

After graduation, the department was incredibly helpful in helping me achieve my goals of working in consultancy; the quality of teaching I received across both of my degrees from the Department of Archaeology was immensely helpful in moving from the field to consultancy.

What do you like most about working in Sheffield?

Working in Sheffield is fantastic, there is so much happening in terms of culture, food and drink, sport, and the proximity of the Peak District is such a bonus.


The University of Sheffield is offering a number of Postgraduate Taught Scholarships to self funded full and part time students who are liable to pay fees at the home rate and starting their studies in 2023. You do not need to wait for your undergraduate degree classification to apply for a scholarship. These scholarships aren’t course-specific. All taught postgraduate courses are eligible. The money can be used towards tuition fees and living costs.

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You must meet all four criteria:

You'll be studying a taught postgraduate course full-time or part-time for up to four years.
You're paying the 'home' rate of fees.
You're not already qualified at masters level or higher.
You're self funded.

And one or both of the following:

You're from a group that is evidentially under-represented among the institution's taught masters population
You've already achieved or currently predicted a first class undergraduate degree

Application Procedure

If you have an offer to study at the University you should use your Applicant MUSE details to log in and make your scholarship application. If you do not have an offer to study with us please log in to the application form by creating an external account. The deadline to submit your application was 1.00pm Tuesday 9 May 2023.

Please note the scholarship application is a separate process to applying for a course. Being awarded a scholarship does not guarantee you will be made an academic offer. To apply for a course please use our Postgraduate Online Application Form available at:-.

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