Taught course

Maritime Archaeology

University of Southampton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree and normally masters at merit or distinction level, in archaeology, anthropology, history or a cognate discipline; other qualifications considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Delivered by Southampton’s world-leading Centre for Maritime Archaeology, our MA and MSc programmes embrace the theory and practice of maritime archaeology. Core and compulsory modules, common to both pathways, will introduce you to maritime aspects of culture in semester 1 and the practical application of maritime archaeological skills in semester 2. You will investigate and understand submerged landscapes, maritime cultures, shipwrecks, and the history and development of watercraft. The MA and MSc programmes balance practical field-based instruction and experience, lab-based analysis, and computer software familiarity, with the traditional academic rigour required for masters level study. Where possible, this is informed by active research projects taking place within Archaeology at Southampton, and by our partners within the University such as Oceanography, Ship Science, Maritime Law and Electronics and Computer Science.

Compulsory modules: Maritime Aspects of Culture; Applied Maritime Archaeology; Dissertation Preparation.

Typical optional modules:
Marine Geoarchaeology; Ancient Mediterranean Seafaring; Maritime Museums and Heritage; Cultural Heritage within Environmental Impact Assessment; other Archaeology or University modules.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 23 8059 8062