University of Exeter

University of Exeter


We are lucky in the West Country to have prehistoric Dartmoor on our doorstep, where the recent Whitehorse Hill burial was uncovered. Exeter itself is a city built on Roman foundations and the nearby Ipplepen dig is shedding further light on Romano-British history. The Anglo-Saxons too were active in our part of the world and we have excellent interdisciplinary ties with the History Department and Centre for Medieval Studies. In the past there have been opportunities for Exeter students to participate in fieldwork and outreach activities in as diverse locations as Argentina, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, South Dakota and Texas. In some cases, fieldwork may consist of archaeological work in a museum rather than excavation. The programme is flexible, so you can choose the modules that interest you, including those on experimental archaeology, human osteoarchaeology and zooarchaeology. If you are interested in going on to doctoral study then our MA will give you the right training and our academic staff will be happy to support you through the process of funding applications. Most of our teaching is done collaboratively in small groups because we feel this is the best way to help you develop. Your classes will be a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops where you will learn the methodology and practical skills you need. We have a range of specialist equipment and excellent facilities including laboratories, kiln room, and spaces for experimental archaeology.

Entry requirements

Normally an appropriate degree in archaeology or a related subject normally at 2.1 level or above. For full information, including English language requirements and international equivalencies, please see the relevant programme page found in the postgraduate section of our website.

Course modules

Please note constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development. Details at any time may be obtained from the programme website. Compulsory modules can include; Research Methods and Archaeological Theory; Field Study; Landscape Archaeology: Understanding the historic environment; Material Culture and Dissertation. Some examples of optional modules are; Advanced Project; Experimental Archaeology in Practice; Advanced Human Osteology; Zooarchaeology; Funerary Osteoarchaeology and Musculo-skeletal Anatomy.

Assessment methods

Your modules will be assessed through the coursework you produce which might include written reports, essays and presentations. In the 3rd and final term you will work exclusively on your dissertation, an original piece of research on a topic of your choice.

Sponsorship information

The University of Exeter invests heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This is in addition to the Government's Postgraduate Loan Scheme. For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at Exeter, please visit the postgraduate study pages of our website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,950 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Streatham Campus Exeter EX4 4QJ South West

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone number: 
+44(0)1392 723044