Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in archaeology or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

MRes Archaeology at Winchester offers an intensive research-training programme with a high level of supervisorial contact. It is suitable for those who have a clear idea of an archaeological research topic which they may wish to follow to PhD, but who need to acquire new research skills or hone existing ones. This programme is also suitable for those working in the archaeology, heritage or environment sector wishing to enhance their research experience.

Study 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. The programme is especially suitable for students who wish to research a particular archaeological period such as:

  • The Palaeolithic of Western Europe
  • Classical Greece
  • The Roman Period
  • The Post-Medieval Period in Europe
  • North America and the Caribbean
  • Africa

Departmental staff also have the expertise to supervise projects on the following themes and approaches:

  • Geoarchaeology
  • Geomatics
  • Remote Sensing
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Fieldwork Practice (Excavation and Survey)
  • Archaeology of Religion, Death and Gender

Students undertake three core modules and choose two Special and/ or Applied Studies.

Core modules:

  • Research Methods in Archaeology
  • Formulating, Designing and Managing Archaeological Research Projects
  • Personal Research Methodology

A choice of two Special and/or Applied Studies modules, including:

  • Church Archaeology
  • Later Prehistoric Wessex
  • Archaeology of Africa
  • Climate Change and People
  • Caribbean Archaeology

Modes of teaching include lectures, presentations, seminars and workshops. Attendance at departmental/research centre seminars enables students to share their experiences.

Assessment is by means of a series of essays, reports and a blog/diary. One module takes the student through the process of producing an academic standard research paper. Students apply the research skills developed in the production of a substantive piece of research of 20,000-25,000 words on a topic of their choice, supervised by a member of staff with relevant research interests. Topics researched by students have examined archaeological periods from the Palaeolithic to the nineteenth century, geographic areas from the New Forest to Barbados (by way of Egypt), and employed techniques from GIS to ceramic petrology.

MRes Archaeology acts as a preparation for undertaking an MPhil or PhD or as a basis for an advanced career within archaeology or a related discipline.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent approved test. International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Fees and funding

UK students
September 2017 Entry Full-time | £5,000
International students
September 2017 Entry Full-time | £11,200

Limited bursaries, scholarships and discounts are available - please see our website under 'Students and Money' for more details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries and Applications
+44 (0) 1962 827234