Taught course

Medieval Archaeology

University of York · Department of Archaeology

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (upper 2nd or 1st Class) in a relevant subject, or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution. Relevant subjects include archaeology, anthropology, Classics, history, art history, geography and medieval/Renaissance studies. From North American universities, we generally ask for a GPA of 3.2 or higher. If you are uncertain whether your 1st degree is appropriate, please contact the Course Director for more information. If you don’t have conventional qualifications, but do have appropriate, relevant experience, you are encouraged to apply. We carefully consider each application on its merits.

Months of entry


Course content

This degree is for anyone interested in studying the medieval period from a material perspective. It is primarily for students with previous experience in archaeology, history, art history or anthropology, but our students do come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. The buildings, material culture and landscapes of York and the north of England offer unrivalled opportunities for the study and research of medieval archaeology.

This one-year MA course is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and field work. The course focuses on the artefacts, landscapes, buildings and social, cultural and environmental contexts of medieval Britain and Western Europe. It covers the period from the end of the Roman Empire to the Reformation, and explores themes such settlement, trade and economy, religion, buildings and artefacts, social structure, ethnicity and identity, conquest and cultural contact, and methodological and theoretical approaches. The flexible modular structure of the course means you can tailor your MA to suit your interests and goals. There is an opportunity to learn valuable practical skills, which are essential for a wide range of archaeological and associated careers.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities, please see: http://www.york.ac.uk/study/international/

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
12 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Professional practice10

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 323963