Taught course

Archaeology (Higher Archaeological Practice)

University of Southampton · Archaeology

Entry requirements

A UK bachelor’s degree with upper second-class honoursor higher in archaeology, anthropology, history, geography, biologyor a related subject.

See international equivalent qualifications:www.southampton.ac.uk/pgp/entry

Months of entry


Course content

This vocational master’s degree will prepare you for a career in commercial archaeology. Through hands-on experience you’ll gain the skills to plan and run archaeological projects, from survey and excavation to analysis and reporting. You’ll apply your learning by spending 4 weeks on professional placement.

Archaeology at Southampton is ranked 31st globally(QS World Rankings by Subject, 2022) and 3rd in the UK for Archaeology research ( REF, 2021).

Your specialist archaeological practice learning will cover: processes and workflows of the heritage industry and commercial archaeology; professional report writing; statutory and local government systems for recording and protecting cultural heritage; presentations and exhibitions; how to design and manage archaeological projects.

Our Digital Humanities facilities will allow you to study and research through cutting edge technology, such as virtual reality, 3D scanners and printers, and a 360 degree fully immersive audiovisual centre.

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations. Please check the website for more information.

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

+44 (0)23 8059 2980