Taught course

Historical 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 field, such as History, Art History, Geography or English Literature.

Non-graduate applications will be considered from those with three years practical or professional experience, broadly related to the topics within historical archaeology or those disciplines listed above.

Months of entry


Course content

Historical Archaeology is the study of relatively recent documented periods, from the end of the Middle Ages to the 21st century. It is one of the most rapidly expanding aspects of archaeology, dealing with many exciting issues that relate directly to the world we have inherited today, drawing on a diverse range of material and documentary sources.

The skills you develop working with material culture, landscapes and archival sources, as well as presenting short papers and writing essays and your dissertation, will provide an unrivalled insight into the past and present and prepare you for a wide range of jobs and careers, as well as further research.

  • Explore dynamic and globally significant themes, from capitalism to colonialism.
  • Gain practical training in analysing and interpreting evidence, from excavations and standing buildings to landscapes and material culture.
  • Develop knowledge and skills that will give you a head start in many heritage, historic-environment and other post-graduate careers and research.
  • Study in the archaeological capital of Britain – experience historical archaeology in action.
  • Access state-of-the-art facilities, including laboratories, libraries and internationally important archives, resources and collections in York.
  • Receive career and research advice and guidance from staff with significant professional knowledge and experience.

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