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Full Time MA Degrees in History & Archaeology, Reading, United Kingdom

We have 10 Full Time MA Degrees in History & Archaeology, Reading, United Kingdom

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Develop and enhance your knowledge of archaeology through a selection of specialist modules that suit your chronological, geographical and thematic interests. Read more
  • 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

What will you study?

Conmpulsory modules include: 

  • Dissertation 
  • Research Skills and Career Learning

Optional Modules include:

Theory 

  • Theoretical Approaches in Archaeology 
  • Issues and Debates in Medieval Archaeology 
  • Issues and Debates in Bioarchaeology 
  • Quantitative Methods 

Old World Archaeology 

  • Our Closest Cousins? Archaeology of the Neanderthals 
  • Interpreting Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain 
  • Themes and Approaches in the Study of Mesopotamia 
  • Climate Change and Human Societies
  • Material Cultures and Identities in the Roman Empire
  • The Archaeology of Money: Coins, Power and Society 

Medieval Archaeology

  • Viking Interactions in the West 
  • Colonisation and Cultural Transformation: the archaeology of crusading
  • The Medieval Landscape 
  • Analysing the Medieval Townscape 

Bioarchaeology 

  • Human Bioarchaeology 
  • Food and Culture 
  • Zooarchaeology 
  • Coastal and Maritime Geoarchaeology 
  • Applications of Micromorphological Analysis 
  • Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 
  • Climate Change and Human Communities

Placement and Career Options

  • Archaeological Graphics 
  • Research and Enterprise Placement
  • Research and Enterprise Micro-Placement 
  • Management of Heritage Assets

Please see our modules outline for further information.

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

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.



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Prepare for a career in bioarchaeological research, the commercial sector or heritage management. Focus on issues such as gender and the life course, childhood, migration, diet and health. Read more
  • Prepare for a career in bioarchaeological research, the commercial sector or heritage management
  • Focus on issues such as gender and the life course, childhood, migration, diet and health
  • Join a world-leading Department with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research
  • Benefit from dedicated laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities

What will you study?

Compulsory modules include:

  • Dissertation
  • issue and Debates in Bioarchaeology
  • Research Skills and Career Learning

Optional modules include:

Bioarchaeology 

  • Human Bioarchaeology 
  • Food and Culture
  • Zooarchaeology 
  • Applications of Micromorphological Analysis 
  • Vegetation History and Archaeobotany
  • Climate Change and Human Communities
  • Our Closest Cousins? Archaeology of the Neanderthals 
  • Theoretical Approaches in Archaeology 

Medieval Archaeology 

  • Viking Interactions in the West 
  • Colonisation and Cultural Transformation: the archaeology of crusading 
  • The Medieval Landscape 
  • Analysing the Medieval Townscape 
  • Theoretical Approaches in Archaeology

Old World Archaeology 

  • Interpreting Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain 
  • Themes and Approaches in the Study of Mesopotamia 
  • Material Cultures and Identities in the Roman Empire 
  • The Archaeology of Money: Coins, Power and Society 

Placement and Career 

  • Archaeological Graphics 
  • Research and Enterprise Placement 
  • Research and Enterprise Micro-Placement 
  • Management of Heritage Assets 
  • Quantitative Methods 

Please see our modules outline for further information.

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

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.



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Choose from a diverse range of options covering the full extent of the Middle Ages (AD 400-1600). Learn to integrate social and scientific techniques. Read more
  • Choose from a diverse range of options covering the full extent of the Middle Ages (AD 400-1600)
  • Learn to integrate social and scientific techniques
  • Prepare for a career in research, the commercial sector or heritage management
  • Become part of a Department with one of the world’s largest groups of medieval archaeologists
  • Benefit from state-of-the-art facilities

What will you study?

Compulsory modules include:

  • Dissertation
  • Issues and Debates in Medieval Archaeology
  • Research Skills and Career Learning

Optional modules include:

The Social World of Medieval Archaeology 

  • Viking Interactions in the West
  • Colonisation and Cultural Transformation: the archaeology of crusading 
  • The Medieval Landscape
  • ONE Language option with the IWLP 
  • Medieval Latin and Palaeography 
  • Theoretical Approaches to archaeology 

Bioarchaeology

  • Human Bioarchaeology 
  • Food and Culture 
  • Zooarchaeology 
  • Applications of Micromorphological Analysis 
  • Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 
  • Climate Change and Human Communities 

Placement and Career 

  • Archaeological Graphics 
  • Research and Enterprise Placement
  • Research and Enterprise Micro-Placement 
  • Management of Heritage Assets 
  • Quantitative Methods 

You may also select Old World or Environmental Archaeology modules.

Please see our modules outline for further information.

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

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.



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University of Reading Department of Economics
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Gain a deeper understanding of economic fundamentals, and the origins and likely long-term consequences of contemporary economic policies. Read more
  • Gain a deeper understanding of economic fundamentals, and the origins and likely long-term consequences of contemporary economic policies
  • Learn how to apply rigorous economic analysis to deepen our understanding of the past
  • Compare economic growth and living standards across space and time using both qualitative and quantitative approaches to historical data
  • Make an original contribution to our understanding of past economies through your research dissertation

What will you study?

  • Research methods
  • Current themes in economic history research
  • Approaches to ancient trade and navigation
  • The archaeology of money: coins, power and society
  • Topics in the history of finance

What career can you have?

Thanks to the possibility of building your own pathway within our MA programme, you can specialise in your preferred area.

You may continue your academic development with doctoral research, or pursue a career as a teacher, archivist, or in museums. Many of our students have specialised in local history and later progressed to jobs in the heritage and conservation sector.

In addition, your experience of individual research will help you to develop valuable transferable skills. You will have demonstrated your ability to understand and apply complex ideas; to collect and analyse large quantities of information; to manage your own time and motivate yourself; to construct reasoned and articulate arguments; and to reach carefully balanced judgements. This should equip you to embark upon a range of professional careers.



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Wide-ranging expertise covering ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome; the Bronze Age to the twenty-first century. Taught by world-leading experts. Read more
  • Wide-ranging expertise covering ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome; the Bronze Age to the twenty-first century
  • Taught by world-leading experts: Reading Classics was rated third in UK for quality of its publications
  • Study in the Ure Museum, the fourth-largest collection of Greek ceramics in the UK
  • Greek and/or Latin tuition available from beginner’s to advanced level

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Approaches to classics and ancient history
  • Ancient Greek or Latin (or a modern language)
  • Research methods
  • Special options: literature, history, art and archaeology
  • Dissertation

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our Classics MRes programmes equip you with vital transferable skills for a range of career paths. They also provide ideal preparation for a PhD and further academic research. 

Recent graduates have gone on to careers in publishing, finance, museum curatorship, teaching, human resources, manufacturing, the police, information management and academia.



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University of Reading Department of History
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This course is open to graduates of any humanities or social science subject who are interested in studying the middle ages, and offers training in new disciplines and in using all types of medieval source material. Read more

This course is open to graduates of any humanities or social science subject who are interested in studying the middle ages, and offers training in new disciplines and in using all types of medieval source material. It can be taken over up to five years and is the only MA in Medieval Studies which offers this level of flexibility. Students on the MA are full members of the prestigious Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies (which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015) and are encouraged to take part in all our research events and study trips.

What will you study?

Modules include:

  • How to research the Middle Ages: this module introduces the disciplines available within the MA, and the research skills specific to each.
  • Source Analysis: this module enables students to work with an expert supervisor on a piece of evidence of their own choice. It might be one of the medieval manuscripts or coins held in the University Library, a medieval building, or a published text.
  • Option modules taught by supervisors from Archaeology, Art History, Classics, Economics, English Literature, History or Modern Languages
  • A Dissertation: usually taken as the last part of the programme and designed to build upon knowledge and expertise gained in other modules.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

Our MA and MRes equip you with vital transferable skills for a range of careers. As well as providing ideal preparation for a PhD, they will enable you to develop experience and contacts in museums, collections, archives and teaching. Recent graduates have also gone on to careers in publishing, finance, museum curatorship, heritage, university administration and the media.



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Study Rome’s history, archaeology, topography, demography, art and architecture, from antiquity to the present. Typically includes one term’s residential study at the British School at Rome. Read more
  • Study Rome’s history, archaeology, topography, demography, art and architecture, from antiquity to the present
  • Typically includes one term’s residential study at the British School at Rome
  • Department rated third in UK for the quality of its publications
  • Tailored ‘Approaches to Rome’ module thoroughly prepares you for your time in Italy

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Approaches to Rome
  • Latin or Italian
  • City of Rome (taught at the British School at Rome)
  • Research methods
  • Dissertation

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our Classics MA programmes equip you with vital transferable skills for a range of career paths. They also provide ideal preparation for a PhD and further academic research. 

Recent graduates have gone on to careers in publishing, finance, museum curatorship, teaching, human resources, manufacturing, the police, information management and academia.



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A multidisciplinary programme focusing on the reception of ancient literature, art and culture in the modern world. Longest-established Reception postgraduate programme in the UK. Read more
  • A multidisciplinary programme focusing on the reception of ancient literature, art and culture in the modern world
  • Longest-established Reception postgraduate programme in the UK
  • Department rated third in UK for the quality of its publications
  • Suitable for graduates from any arts or humanities discipline

What will you study?

Modules include:

  • Approaches to the classical tradition
  • Ancient Greek or Latin (or a modern language)
  • Research methods
  • Special options: literature, history, art and archaeology
  • Dissertation

What career can you have?

Our Classics MA programmes equip you with vital transferable skills for a range of career paths. They also provide ideal preparation for a PhD and further academic research.

Recent graduates have gone on to careers in publishing, finance, museum curatorship, teaching, human resources, manufacturing, the police, information management and academia.



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University of Reading Department of History
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Build a pathway, tailored to your personal and professional interests, through a range of optional modules and individual research projects. Read more
  • Build a pathway, tailored to your personal and professional interests, through a range of optional modules and individual research projects
  • Includes a unique pathway in public history and public engagement delivered by staff actively engaged in the media and eminent researchers in material culture
  • Focus on building your own research network and engagement in social media
  • Work with academics at the cutting edge of research

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • USA and China
  • Early modern emotions
  • Bolshevik visions
  • Violence and conflict in twentieth century Africa
  • Building a new Jerusalem: the emergence of the Labour Party at the turn of the twentieth century

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Thanks to the possibility of building your own pathway within our MA programme, you can specialise in your preferred area.

You may continue your academic development with doctoral research, or pursue a career as a teacher, archivist, or in museums. Many of our students have specialised in local history and later progressed to jobs in the heritage and conservation sector.

In addition, your experience of individual research will help you to develop valuable transferable skills. You will have demonstrated your ability to understand and apply complex ideas; to collect and analyse large quantities of information; to manage your own time and motivate yourself; to construct reasoned and articulate arguments; and to reach carefully balanced judgements. This should equip you to embark upon a range of professional careers.



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University of Reading Department of Law
Distance from Reading: 0 miles
Programme draws on academic activities organised by the Forum for Legal and Historical Research at Reading. Combination of skills-focused training, guided research and writing. Read more
  • Programme draws on academic activities organised by the Forum for Legal and Historical Research at Reading
  • Combination of skills-focused training, guided research and writing
  • Emphasis on independent research
  • Suitable for those considering legal practice or a PhD
  • Studied part-time, will benefit researchers and practitioners wishing to develop their knowledge and skills in new directions

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Archival internship
  • Research seminar presentation
  • History and the management of an archive
  • Sourcing the past
  • Research dissertation

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

A postgraduate law degree will open many doors for you, not only in specialised areas of employment, such as law firms, European and intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), but also in academia (with further postgraduate study), the media (journalism and broadcasting), the civil service, and other branches of public service.

Graduates from our LLM programmes have gone on to work for a range of national and international law firms, as lawyers and as in-house legal counsel for large multinational companies in the UK and abroad, as well as international organisations and NGOs.



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