University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham


This programme provides a basis both for doctoral study and for career development in archaeology and heritage and cultural environment professions. It comprises a major individual research project, supervised by a specialist in the field of study, and a taught component that develops research and analytical skills. Potential research projects can be on any archaeological subject, as agreed with the supervisor, and there is a wide range of choice for the taught component, enabling students to build their own programme of study.

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree in a relevant subject.

Course modules

Alongside the dissertation, students take 3 taught modules to complement their research topic and their existing skills profile. The modules available include: Theory, method and interpretation in archaeology; landscape archaeology; field survey; GIS and spatial analysis; virtual landscapes; material culture; funerary archaeology; Greek archaeology; complex societies, 1000 BC-AD 1000; empire and identity; conflict archaeology; byzantine archaeology and material culture; world heritage; digital culture.

Assessment methods

The principal element of the programme, and of assessment, is the 20,000-word research dissertation on an agreed subject.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time £ 4,110 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 13,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,570 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MRes Part-time £ 2,045 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time - 2 years
MA Part-time - 2 years
PhD Full-time - 3 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
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0121 414 5488