Taught course

Experimental Archaeology

University of Exeter · Archaeology

Entry requirements

An appropriate degree in Archaeology or a related subject (for example, Archaeology, Geography, Anthropology, Environmental Science, History, Ancient History or Classics), normally at 2:1 level or above.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme explores experimental archaeology's potential as a powerful research method, an effective educational tool and an excellent medium for public outreach.

Students receive a sound practical and theoretical grounding in scientific use of experiments in archaeological research. The programme offers practical experience of experiments related to archaeological and taphonomic processes and the production of a range of material culture types including ceramics, stone tools, metals and a range of organic materials.

The role of experiments and ‘reconstructions’ in education and public outreach is investigated through classes, practical activities, and field visits. Links with professionals, such as museums and independent establishments, provide opportunities for practical work based on a sound appreciation of theory.

The University has established an outdoor centre on its Streatham Campus to provide a location for both short and long-term experimental archaeology research. The programme involves practical work and fieldtrips and offers the opportunity for some modules to be studied online.

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community. Details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support can be found at www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/admissions/applying/english

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates. Please visit www.exeter.ac.uk/scholarships for further details. Here you can search our database for funding opportunities suitable for your area of interest.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

College of Humanities Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)1392 725306