Entry requirements

First or good second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in archaeology, history, environmental studies or any related field.

Months of entry


Course content

We offer advanced study on programmes taught by academics with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Our world-leading research was rated first in the UK.1 Our archaeology programmes are ranked within the UK top 10 (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016) and world top 30 (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016). We provide a friendly, supportive community, and our staff have a strong reputation for being accessible and approachable. Take advantage of outstanding teaching collections and facilities located in modern premises. You will benefit from our dedicated archaeology building, which contains purpose-built teaching laboratories housing a rich collection of artefacts, ecofacts, human remains and animal bones. You will also have easy access to our three superb, on-campus museums: Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, Cole Museum of Zoology and the Museum of English Rural Life. We are skills focused – through our worldleading fieldwork and research projects we train graduates to the highest standards in preparation for doctoral study and professional employment. We provide a strong research grounding linking social and scientific archaeology.

• Develop and enhance your knowledge of archaeology through a selection of specialist modules that suit your chronological, geographical and thematic interests

• A flexible degree that prepares you for a career in research, the commercial sector or heritage management

• Become part of a world-leading Department with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research

• Take thematic and skills-based options that integrate social and scientific techniques

• Benefit from dedicated laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities

Our graduates go on to full-time employment within archaeology and related consultancies or units, museums and government agencies. Up to one third continue their academic career through doctoral research. In recent years, graduates have been successful in obtaining appointments with heritage agencies (Historic England, National Trust) and universities, including Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Exeter and Newcastle.

Information for international students

ILETS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Professor Grenville Astill
+44 (0) 118 378 8132