Taught course

Archaeology, Middle East

University of Reading · Department of Archaeology

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

Archaeology, Middle East is a pathway of MA Archaeology.

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.

• Explore case studies from Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Arabia, the Levant and Egypt

• Join a world-leading Department with an international reputation for its research on the archaeology of the Middle East

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

• The archaeology of Early Turkey module takes place in central Turkey and incorporates site and museum visits

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

IELTS: 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