Durham University

Durham University

Archaeological Science

This course is designed to provide a broad theoretical and practical understanding of current issues and the techniques archaeologists use to investigate the human past. Its purpose is to provide a pathway for archaeologists or graduates of other scientific disciplines to either professional posts or doctoral research in archaeological science. It focuses particularly on the organic remains of humans, animals and plants which is a rapidly developing and exciting field of archaeometry. Major global themes such as animal and plant domestication and human migration and diet will be explored integrating evidence from a range of sub-disciplines in environmental and biomolecular archaeology Students taking this course will study and work in a range of environmental, DNA, isotope and dating laboratories alongside expert academic staff.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold, or expect to be awarded, a 2.1 Honours degree in archaeology or a related discipline or an international equivalent, such as a GPA of 3.3 or above. English Language requirements. Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Course modules

Core modules: research and study skills in archaeological science; topics in archaeological science; research dissertation. Optional modules: in previous years, optional modules available included:; themes in palaeopathology.; plants and people.; animals and people.; chronometry.; isotope and molecular archaeology.; practical guided study.

Assessment methods

The programme will be assessed by both formative and summative assignments; a wide range of methods will be used, including essays, practical laboratory reports, statistical exercises, oral and poster presentations, non-technical articles and summaries, briefing papers and journal paper critiques.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MSc 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 2980