Research course


University of Birmingham · Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

Entry requirements

Typically, applicants for these research programmes will already have undertaken postgraduate study.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This versatile programme provides a basis both for doctoral study and for career development in archaeology and heritage and cultural environment professions. It comprises a major individual research project, supervised by a specialist in the field of study, and a taught component that develops research and analytical skills. Potential research projects can be on any archaeological subject, as agreed with the supervisor, and there is a wide range of choice for the taught component, enabling students to build their own unique programme of study.

Programme content

The principal element of the programme, and of assessment, is the 20,000-word research dissertation on a subject agreed by you and a member of staff with appropriate research interests. This research project also forms the core of your application to study, and we recommend that you discuss your proposed research project with a potential supervisor in advance of applying. The thesis can be regarded as an independent piece of research or a foundation for doctoral-level study.

The potential areas for research are very diverse and include British and European prehistory, the archaeology of the Roman World, Late Antiquity and Greece, and thematic areas such as environment, landscape, material culture, death and burial, age and gender, warfare and archaeological theory and method.

Alongside the dissertation, you take three taught modules to complement your research topic and your existing skills profile. The modules available include:

  • Theory, Method and Interpretation in Archaeology
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Field Survey
  • GIS and Spatial Analysis
  • Virtual Landscapes
  • Material Culture
  • Funerary Archaeology
  • Greek Archaeology
  • Complex Societies, 1000 BC-AD 1000
  • Empire and Identity
  • Conflict Archaeology
  • Byzantine Archaeology and Material Culture
  • World Heritage
  • Digital Culture

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005