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University of Winchester · Department of Archaeology

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Entry requirements

Normally a first or higher second-class Honours degree in archaeology or a related discipline. Applicants with experience of working in the real world and lacking a degree are encouraged to apply if they have worked in archaeology (e.g. for a commercial unit or curatorial body) or can demonstrate an active interest (e.g. by virtue of being a member of a national or regional archaeology society and having extensive volunteering experience on archaeological field projects/in museum etc).

Months of entry


Course content

  • Join a supportive, research-active department
  • Enhance your skills in research techniques from GIS to ceramic petrology
  • Develop your own research interests with full supervisory support

Archaeology at Winchester offers an intensive research-training programme with a high level of supervisorial contact. This programme is ideal if you have a clear idea of an archaeological research topic which you may wish to follow to PhD, and need to prepare for this by acquiring new research skills or honing existing ones. It is also appropriate if you are already working in the archaeology, heritage or environment sector and wish to enhance your research experience in preparation for career progression.

The course examines approaches and methodologies, theoretical underpinnings and practical applications in archaeological research, and some modules focus on the archaeology of a chosen period, theme or specialism.

Staff at Winchester have the expertise to supervise projects on a wide range of themes and approaches, including geoarchaeology, geomatics, zooarchaeology and the archaeology of religion, death and gender. If your interests lie in researching a particular archaeological period, such as the palaeolithic, classical Greece, the medieval period or the Caribbean, we will facilitate and support your studies.

Complete core modules in Research Methods and Skills, Analysing and Presenting Archaeological Data and Personal Research Methodology, and choose a further two options from a huge range including The Archaeology of Medieval Religion and Belief, Climate Change and People, Central Southern England in the Roman Period, and Mediterranean Landscape Studies.

There’s a module that takes you through the process of producing a research paper to the expected academic standard. In your paper, you apply the research skills you’ve developed to produce a 20,000- to 25,000-word dissertation on your chosen topic, supervised by a member of staff with relevant research interests.

MRes Archaeology is the ideal preparation for an MPhil or PhD or as a basis for a career in archaeology.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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