Taught course

Iron Age and Celtic Archaeology

University of York · Department of Archaeology

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree: 2:1 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Discover more about the ancient Celts and their encounters with the Greek and Roman world.

The European Iron Age is a dynamic focus of contemporary archaeological research. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach, studying archaeological evidence alongside classical literary sources, and examines the impact of new scientific analysis.

You'll discuss the nature of Celtic identity and the broader meaning of ethnicity in past societies. Scientific developments, for example in ancient DNA research, will inform our ideas and spark new debates.

You can tailor the course with options covering a huge range of topics, including landscape, society, animals, conservation, and scientific techniques such as isotope and ancient DNA analysis. The skills you develop in laboratory and fieldwork will be useful for careers or further research in archaeology and heritage.

This is the only UK masters specialising in European Iron Age archaeology. The University of York is establishing itself as a major centre for research on the period, and the Department of Archaeology is home to staff with specialist expertise in the field.

Two core modules (40 credits) focus on the Iron Age peoples of Europe and the British Isles between 800BC and AD400. You'll examine and interpret evidence which gives insights into the nature of ancient Celtic identity, culture and beliefs.

Information for international students

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS - 6.5, minimum 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components
  • PTE Academic - 61, minimum 61 in Writing and 55 in all other components
  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency - 176, minimum 176 in Writing and 169 in all other components
  • TOEFL - 87, minimum 23 in Writing and 21 in all other components
  • Trinity ISE III - Merit in all components
  • Duolingo - 110, minimum 110 in production and 100 in all other components
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
If you've not met our English language requirements
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £8,440
International students
Full time: £18,700

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2021/22 throughout the year.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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

Professor Ian Armit