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

You'll graduate this archaeology MSci degree with the skills you need to develop a career in forensic or bio-archaeological studies, geophysical survey or underwater archaeology. You’ll also gain practical experience and benefit from our close ties with museums and organisations involved in commercial archaeology, heritage management and fieldwork.

With fieldwork and scientific analysis opportunities across the world, this course represents a great opportunity to choose your own study path.

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

Through the latest techniques and technologies, you'll investigate how our ancestors lived, from the earliest human origins, to Neolithic Britain, and Ancient Egypt.

You'll do at least 3 weeks' fieldwork as part of an active research project. This could include excavating archaeological sites, recording a standing building, geophysical surveys or collecting archaeological material from ploughed fields.

We have a purpose-built archaeology building, equipped with the latest science-based laboratories. Here, you'll gain hands-on experience with archaeological artefacts and materials, and receive the practical training needed for a career in archaeology.

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

Course contact details

+44 (0) 23 8059 8062