Taught course

Archaeology: Early Medieval Society and Culture

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Entry requirements

1st or upper 2nd class UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject. Suitable for graduates in Archaeology, Medieval History and related humanities and social science disciplines. Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This is one of four pathways for the MA Archaeology programme. For details other pathway options please see the MA Archaeology course.

In Britain and Ireland, the period AD 400-1100 witnessed some of the deepest and most lasting changes in society and culture in post-Roman Europe. Through the study of settlement forms and patterns, mortuary remains, artefacts, art, literature and place-names, the MA in Early Medieval Society and Culture sets the foundations of modern society, cultures and identities in Britain and Ireland within their proper European contexts.

The Early Middle Ages are enjoying great scholarly attention at present, both in Britain and abroad; their academic profile has never been higher. The rich archaeological sources are ideally suited for many developing analytical techniques, as well as for multidisciplinary approaches. This field provides much material for postgraduate study at Masters level, either as a worthwhile end in itself or as a stepping stone towards PhD research and a specialist career in the archaeological and heritage professions. The Cardiff MA also includes valuable transferable skills, from research methods and the handling and presentation of data to public speaking and writing for professional audiences.

Full details of this programme can be found on our website.

Information for international students

International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Steve Mills
+44 (0)29 2087 5655