Taught course

Field Archaeology

University of York · Department of Archaeology

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Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you will need a good honours degree (upper second or first class) or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution in archaeology or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Field Archaeology offers a perfect blend of theory and practice, equipping you with wide-ranging, advanced practical skills, while giving you a deep theoretical knowledge and understanding of the logistical challenges, legal requirements and ethics involved in archaeological fieldwork. It is both challenging and rewarding.

York has been called the ‘heritage capital of the UK’. Here, we have routine contact with local, national and international leaders in archaeology and heritage management. We work closely with our neighbours at the Council for British Archaeology, English Heritage and Natural England, as well as local commercial units including York Archaeological Trust. You will also meet visiting lecturers of national standing, including John Oxley, the most experienced Local Authority Archaeologist in the UK, and Patrick Ottaway, formerly Fieldwork Director of York Archaeological Trust and now a respected archaeological consultant. You will also:

  • Develop wide-ranging advanced field skills
  • Build a deeper understanding of the theoretical, legislative and ethical context of archaeological fieldwork
  • Study among a community of practitioners that is unrivalled in the UK
  • Develop skills and knowledge essential for varied archaeological careers and research
  • Learn from leading figures in archaeological research and fieldwork
  • Receive close personal mentoring from experienced, well-connected staff
  • Have an opportunity for placement experience with professional archaeological organisations

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 323963