Taught course

Archaeological Studies

University of Glasgow · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. In addition, you must have acquired some archaeological excavation experience prior to commencing the programme. If you do not have this experience we can offer the opportunity to participate on the departmental field school during the summer prior to entry. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters in Archaeological Studies provides a strong background in the methodological and theoretical approaches used in archaeology and the interplay between them.

Why Glasgow

  • If your first degree was in a subject other than archaeology, this is designed as a conversion programme.
  • It will provide you with a grounding in archaeology and access to a wide range of optional courses covering further aspects of methodology and practice, or examining the archaeology of particular chronological periods or geographical areas.

  • You will have the opportunity to participate in a number of fieldtrips in Scotland.
  • You will benefit from the involvement of guest speakers from the UK and abroad, who will give lectures and run seminars.

Programme Structure

The core courses provide a grounding in key archaeological principles that include

Practice: how we do archaeology, approaches to the discovery, excavation, recording and analysis of archaeological sites, and the organisation and structure of archaeology in the UK.

Theory: the development of archaeological thinking, theoretical and interpretive frameworks used by archaeologists, and the ethical responsibilities of archaeologists.

In undertaking this programme you will be encouraged to engage in practical activity, including fieldtrips in Scotland and beyond, and optional modules will allow further opportunities for site visits and lab work.

The optional courses offer specialist paths that allow you to explore particular areas of study in more detail. You can chose three optional modules from a list of relevant courses associated with other MLitt/PgDip degrees offered in Archaeology and more widely across the University. These courses draw upon the particular interests and expertise of the contributing staff and the options available may therefore vary slightly depending on staff availability.

You will produce a dissertation on a topic agreed between you and your convener. This research project is undertaken between May and September with the support of a member of staff who will act as supervisor.

Career Prospects

The programme provides an excellent platform for you to move onto PhD studies and an academic career. In recent years many graduates have made careers in archaeology in the UK and USA.

Information for international students

General English language requirements IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest less than 6) iBT TOEFL 92 (with no less than 21 in Listening & writing, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking) Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - B minimum or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - C minimum

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months

Course contact details

Dr Kenneth Brophy