Research course


Durham University · Department of Archaeology
MA by researchMSc by research

Entry requirements

An Honours degree, usually 2:1 or higher, preferably in Archaeology, Anthropology or related fields; a GPA of 3.0 or above for North American candidates at First degree level.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

A 12-month research-led programme of study undertaken with staff supervision, culminating in the submission of a thesis of no more than 50,000 words in length. Candidates are required to demonstrate that they possess advanced knowledge of the subject of the thesis, including a satisfactory knowledge of the literature on the subject. Candidates are expected to display critical discrimination and, where appropriate, a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the opinion of others. It is expected that candidates should demonstrate work at the current limits of understanding of the subject, but it is not necessary, however, that the thesis should constitute an original contribution to knowledge or be worthy of publication. The thesis is read and assessed by an internal and external examiner. An oral examination is not a requirement but can be requested by the examiners. Successful completion not only enhance employment opportunities but also offers a preparation for a future research-led qualification such as an MPhil or PhD.

Department specialisms

Bioarchaeology; Landscapes of Complex Society; North East England; Prehistory of Eurasia; Ritual, Religion, Belief & Place; Artefacts

Information for international students

English language requirements include an IELTS of 7.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council Block Grant Partnership; Natural Environment Research Council; Durham Doctoral Scholarships; Faculty Interdisciplinary Scholarships; Durham Academic Scholarships scheme; Isabel Fleck Fellowship; Haycock Studentship; Rosemary Cramp Fund; Birley Bursaries.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
12 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Archaeology
(0)191 334 1100