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About the course

Create a bespoke degree that reflects your unique interests and ambitions through one of our two pathways: Cross-discipline or Classical Mediterranean.

The cross-discipline pathway provides a route into advanced study of archaeology for students with generalist interests. 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. You’ll choose between completing a research dissertation or developing employability through a work placement.

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


Home (2022 annual fee) : £9,800
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £24,400

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Student Profiles

Ashley Magana

My experience so far has exceeded my expectations. The attentiveness and guidance from the professors, module coordinator, and programme directors in the department have been remarkable.

Celia Weberg

What do you enjoy most about your course and the subject you are studying?

I love archaeology because it is a hands-on occupation that involves both an academic and a physical component, ensuring that I never get bored while working. The discipline is centred around discovering new things and exploring the past, and every discovery is exciting and allows for engaging research opportunities. The physical aspect of excavation and lab work is also a large draw for me, because I enjoy getting to travel to sites, working in the field, and learning new practical techniques.

What attracted you to the University of Sheffield?

Sheffield has a world-renowned archaeology program, and I am very interested in working with specific faculty for my postgraduate degree. It is rare to find a professor that researches exactly what you want to study in the future, but I was able to find such a person at Sheffield. I am excited to take advantage of the resources and academic freedom that the university offers. For me, studying at Sheffield also provides an opportunity to broaden my experience in a new part of the world.

What is it like to be a postgraduate student in the Department of Archaeology?

I love studying archaeology at Sheffield because my professors make the lessons engaging, accessible, and relevant to my personal interests. I have had at least 3 classes where the professor asked the class at the beginning of the semester what they would like to cover and if anyone had specific interests so that they could make sure to include them in the lecture. They also take our classes on field trips to nearby archaeological sites or historical places to give us hands-on learning experiences. I have never been overwhelmed by the workload, and my professors are always happy to help answer my questions both in lectures and outside of class. I feel very supported by my department and am not afraid to ask questions or engage in discussions.


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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