Research course


University of Chester · Department of History and Archaeology

Entry requirements

A good, second class honours degree or an equivalent qualification is required in Archaeology or any relevant discipline. Applicants will also be required to produce up to 300 words describing their research topic and attend an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

The course equips students with the research skills and academic framework necessary to undertake postgraduate study. Supported by expert academic archaeologists in the Department of History & Archaeology, students pursue a research dissertation investigating a topic of their own choosing. The programme combines taught modules with a substantive research project.

The Department can offer supervision in a broad range of archaeological subjects and topics, allowing students to explore and expand their own interests in archaeology and archaeological heritage. Staff are active researchers in the prehistoric and historic archaeology of Britain, NW Europe and Scandinavia, particularly the archaeology of the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, the Early Middle Ages (c. AD 400-1100) and the late-modern and contemporary past (c. AD 1750 to the present). Research themes of current staff include the history and theory of archaeology, the archaeology of death and burial, archaeologies of memory, materiality and material culture, art and aesthetics, stone sculpture and literary heritage.

The MRes in Archaeology allows students to expand and deepen their knowledge of the human past. The course fosters independent and advanced research skills. Those studying on the programme will have the freedom to design and complete a large-scale research project built around their own interests.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511 000