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Archaeology (MRes)

Course Description

MRes Archaeology at Winchester offers an intensive research-training programme with a high level of supervisorial contact. It is suitable for those who have a clear idea of an archaeological research topic which they may wish to follow to PhD, but who need to acquire new research skills or hone existing ones. This programme is also suitable for those working in the archaeology, heritage or environment sector wishing to enhance their research experience.

Programme Content

Study examines approaches and methodologies, theoretical underpinnings and practical applications in archaeological research, and some modules focus on the archaeology of a chosen period, theme or specialism. The programme is especially suitable for students who wish to research a particular archaeological period such as:

- The Palaeolithic of Western Europe
- Classical Greece
- The Roman Period
- The Post-Medieval Period in Europe
- North America and the Caribbean
- Africa

Departmental staff also have the expertise to supervise projects on the following themes and approaches:

- Geoarchaeology
- Geomatics
- Remote Sensing
- Zooarchaeology
- Fieldwork Practice (Excavation and Survey)
- Archaeology of Religion, Death and Gender

Students undertake three core modules and choose two Special and/or Applied Studies.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Students-and-Money/Pages/Students%20and%20Money.aspx


Core modules:
- Research Methods in Archaeology
- Formulating, Designing and Managing Archaeological Research Projects
- Personal Research Methodology

A choice of two Special and/or Applied Studies modules, including:
- Church Archaeology
- Later Prehistoric Wessex
- Archaeology of Africa
- Climate Change and People
- Caribbean Archaeology

Learning and Teaching

Modes of teaching include lectures, presentations, seminars and workshops. Attendance at departmental/research centre seminars enables students to share their experiences.


Assessment is by means of a series of essays, reports and a blog/diary. One module takes the student through the process of producing an academic standard research paper. Students apply the research skills developed in the production of a substantive piece of research of 20,000-25,000 words on a topic of their choice, supervised by a member of staff with relevant research interests.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


MRes Archaeology acts as a preparation for undertaking an MPhil or PhD or as a basis for an advanced career within archaeology or a related discipline.

Visit the Archaeology (MRes) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Thomas Hayes

MRes Archaeology
“After completing my undergraduate Archaeology degree at Winchester I have now advanced to postgraduate study.

“I chose to study here as I was fascinated by the research being conducted by the Department, especially at the nearby St Mary Magdalen excavation site – a former leper hospital.

“In addition to high quality facilities such as the Finds Room and laboratories, there’s a great atmosphere within the Department and the lecturers, all experts in the field, are extremely passionate,approachable and supportive.

“For my dissertation I am investigating a possible Knights Templar property on Bodmin Moor. It’s been a valuable experience taking ownership of the entire process – from conducting background research to managing my own excavation, including opening test pits, and reporting on the results.

“The skills gained through my degree have helped me to secure a promotion at work – I now work as a supervisor for a commercial archaeological unit based in Winchester. As part of this, I recently dug part of the Roman city wall in Winchester ahead of development.”


Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in archaeology or a related discipline. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

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