Entry requirements

  • A first- or second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in archaeology, the natural sciences, or related disciplines. Students with other backgrounds who can show a knowledge of and interest in archaeological science will also be considered.
  • English Language:
  • IELT: 7
  • TOEFL: 100

Months of entry


Course content

In this Archaeological Science MSc course at Cranfield University, you will learn how archaeological science provides fundamental insights into the ways humans have transformed natural materials, from the Palaeolithic to the Industrial Revolution.


Archaeological Science is fundamentally concerned with humanity’s engagement with the material world. The study of archaeological remains through the lens of geology, chemistry, and materials science not only illuminates the early development of technologies that are fundamental to the modern world, it also helps us understand how people thought, how their societies were organised, and how they interacted. The techniques of materials analysis are also vitally important in many cases of forensic importance, especially those involving the illicit antiquities trade and the other heritage crimes.

This course in Archaeological Science at Cranfield University is intended to give you a firm grounding in the principles and practice of archaeomaterials research. We cover both the natural science fundamentals necessary for analysing archaeological objects, as well as the research landscape around key archaeological themes relevant to these investigations. Key themes include innovation, technology, exchange, craft production, consumption patterns and interaction.

You will develop hands-on experience with the wide range of approaches scientists use to study the past, from, from the laboratory analysis of artefacts to the experimental recreation of traditional technologies.

Courses include:

  • Geomaterials
  • Approaches to Ceramic Studies
  • Archaeometallurgy
  • Vitreous Materials
  • Materials of Biological Origin
  • Research Design and Data Analysis
  • Research Themes in Archaeomaterials
  • Making Materials: Experimental Approaches
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Research Project

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Tuition Fees:

National: 11330

International: 24720

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    11 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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