Taught course

Social Archaeology

University of Southampton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

Degree First- or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in Archaeology, Anthropology, or related subject English Language IELTS 6.5, or equivalent in other approved English language test. For further information, please see our website.

Months of entry


Course content

Since its inception by Professor Barry Cunliffe in 1967, Archaeology at Southampton has played a leading role in the development of social archaeology, and was instrumental in the development of the World Archaeological Congress during the tenure of Professor Peter Ucko and hosted the first Congress in 1986. More recently Southampton has led the field in the development of community archaeology, politics of the past, and the social context of archaeological knowledge. It remains a world-leader in social theory, feminist theory and archaeological approaches to age and the life course.

Within the programme you can develop your own interests in the archaeology of any period or region. You will have the opportunity to explore current themes in social archaeology while fostering and deepening your regional and period based specialisms. The range and flexibility of this programme combine with the exceptional breadth of staff expertise to make Southampton’s MA Social Archaeology unique among programmes currently offered in the UK and abroad, and will attract a dynamic mix of international students.

Assessment methods: This programme is divided into 180 credits. 105 credits are obtained from taught modules with the remaining 75 credits relating to the dissertation (25,000 words).

Semester 1 Compulsory:
Social archaeology; optional: technology and social life; Latin language (accelerated course): stage 1 and 2.
Semester 2 Compulsory: Dissertation; intellectual methodologies; optional: ceramics and lithics in context; representations and consumption of the past; archaeology of the senses; Latin language (accelerated course): stage 1 and 2; students may also take an individually negotiated topic in either semester 1 or 2.

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Information for international students


Fees and funding



Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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