Taught course

Celtic and Viking Archaeology

University of Glasgow · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this postgraduate taught programme is a 2.1 Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in Archaeology or another relevant subject (for example Geography, Geology, History or Environmental Science); or suitable practical experience. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters in Celtic & Viking Archaeology provides an introduction to the theoretical and practise approaches to early medieval archaeology, based on our particular research strengths in the settlements and material culture of Celtic, Pictish and Viking peoples, and in the archaeology of kingship and political development.

Why Glasgow

  • If you want to pursue a career in archaeology, our new approaches to early medieval studies bring fresh insights into the life and ideas of the period and provide you with a stimulating environment, learning from internationally-renowned scholars.
  • You will have the opportunity to take fieldtrips to a number of sites relevant to your studies.
  • Our programme has strong links with the University's Hunterian Museum, giving you access to primary source material, including objects and archives.

Programme Structure

You will take two core courses and three optional courses. For the MLitt you will produce a dissertation on a specialist topic agreed with your supervisor.

The core courses provide you with a strong theoretical background to the study of early medieval archaeology, examining themes such as burial, settlement, religion through a series of case studies. You will also get training and support in a wide variety of research methods including library skills, humanities computing, writing and presenting papers.

Core courses

  • Research Skills
  • Approaches to Celtic and Viking Archaeology

Optional courses

Three optional courses must be selected, two of which from the following

  • Themes in early medieval Scottish archaeology
  • Early Christian monuments of Scotland
  • Early medieval artefacts
  • Viking and late Norse artefacts
  • Norse in the North Atlantic, AD 800–1500
  • Viking and late Norse British Isles.

You may also choose one of the following options

  • Thematic studies: any one of the thematic courses offered via other MLitt programmes, by agreement with the course convener. These may include courses available via other Masters programmes within the University (most relevant are those offered as part of Celtic Studies and Scottish Medieval Studies)
  • Artefact studies: any one of the specialist courses offered in the MLitt Material Culture & Artefact Studies
  • Multimedia analysis and design or 2D digitisation.

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 Colleen Batey