Durham University

Durham University


This course provides the opportunity to advance skills and knowledge in archaeology with a view to progressing to doctoral level research, or to pick up vital transferable skills ready for working in commercial archaeology or in the wider employment market.

Entry requirements

A degree in archaeology or a related subject entailing experience in historical, material culture and/or visual culture (e.g. Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Art History and Theory, History, Classics, Oriental Studies), with 2.1 honours or higher for UK degrees, or international equivalent (please consult the department on international equivalents).

Course modules

Core module: Research and study skills in social archaeology. Optional modules include: Iron Age Britain in its European context; continuity and change in South Asia; social space and community organisation in Balkan prehistory; ancient Near East (later prehistory to early urban societies; Roman landscapes of the Mediterranean; cultural landscapes of Eurasia; prehistoric art in Europe; burial and commemoration in Britain AD400-1100; Neolithic monuments in Atlantic Europe; changing Mediterranean townscapes; archaeology of the ancient Egyptian state; the archaeology of eastern Arabia; digital mapping and spatial analysis; the Anglo-Saxon world (AD 400-1100).

Assessment methods

The course is assessed through a variety of types of coursework, including essays, portfolios and posters, and a 20,000-word dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Candidates may apply for a range of departmental grants and awards including an AHRC studentship providing full UK/EU fees and a maintenance grant to support full time MA and MSc study as well as departmental and faculty awards and bursaries.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

Key information

Department of Archaeology
Telephone number: 
0191 334 1109