Taught course

Archaeology (Higher Archaeological Practice)

University of Southampton · Archaeology

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Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in archaeology, anthropology, geography, biology, history or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is a pathway-based MSc degree, with a strong vocational content, that is designed to develop skills in the management and implementation of archaeological projects. It is intended for those preparing for a career in commercial archaeology or as continuing professional development.

Students will acquire expertise in a range of skills and techniques, from survey and excavation, to post-excavation analysis of objects and materials, archiving, reporting, publication and heritage management. Through project-based activities, and field- and laboratory-based elements, they will learn about the structure and organisation of archaeological practice within the UK, how to design and manage archaeological projects, and how to write and prepare reports.

The programme has a strong practical component and aims to replicate real-world situations. Students have full and unlimited access to the facilities in the Department of Archaeology, including dedicated archaeological survey, computing and imagine facilities, lithics, ceramics and osteology labs, and extensive teaching collections. Southampton is located in close proximity to some of the UK’s premier archaeological sites and landscapes, including the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site.

Archaeology at the University of Southampton has close links to industry and national heritage bodies such as Historic England through its Coastal and Offshore Archaeology Services, Centre for Applied Human Origins Research and Archaeological Prospection Service. Its staff work in collaboration, and have held formal roles, with many of the big commercial archaeological units in the UK, including the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Cotswold Archaeology, Oxford Archaeology and Wessex Archaeology.

Southampton Archaeology is a global leader in research with fieldwork projects across the globe including Spain, Portugal, Romania, Croatia, Hungary, Sudan, Egypt, USA, Canada, Denmark and the UK and students frequently participate in these.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in other approved English language test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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