Taught course

Early Prehistory

University of York · Department of Archaeology

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (upper second or first) or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution in archaeology, anthropology, psychology or related fields, or in the case of mature students who might not have conventional qualifications appropriate relevant experience in this field will be considered. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in human origins, human evolution and what defines us as a species. Most students taking the course have a degree in archaeology or a related subject. However, people with relevant experience or a passionate interest in the subject may also be admitted to the course.

If you’re interested in what it means to be human, where we came from and how humans developed and adapted, the MSC in Early Prehistory is for you. You will work alongside the UK’s foremost academics in early prehistory to delve into the origins of humanity and explore the evolution of cultures, customs, religions, art and technology.

The flexible nature of the course enables you to pursue your own particular interests. The archaeology of human origins is a fascinating and dynamic area of research, with new evidence and theories constantly changing our interpretation of who we are.

This one-year MSc course is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars and field trips. You will study two core modules, two optional modules and four shorter skills modules of your choice. Finally, you will hone your research skills by producing a dissertation and presenting an assessed lecture on your chosen topic.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 323963