University of Leicester

University of Leicester


This programme provides students with the advanced theoretical and practical foundation necessary for independent research in archaeology and seeks to equip them with a broad critical understanding of the potential and limitations of different forms of archaeological evidence, with a particular emphasis upon the landscape scale of analysis and study. It also offers students the opportunity to develop their archaeological knowledge and research skills in 1 of 3 optional focussed study pathways: prehistory, bioarchaeology or medieval archaeology. Along with the theory and practice of landscape archaeology, these are all areas in which the School has internationally-recognised strengths in research and teaching.

Entry requirements

Applicants normally possess a good undergraduate degree, upper 2nd Class or higher in archaeology or the equivalent for overseas or European applicants; international/ EU students must have a level of English proficiency of 6.5 IELTS.

Course modules

Core modules: Theory and practice in archaeology; archaeology and landscapes; dissertation (for MA students). Optional modules: Guided research These comprise a programme of directed research on a relevant theme, issue or topic in one of the following fields: researching prehistory; or researching bioarchaeology; or researching medieval archaeology. Special Optional: Chosen from a range of modules in prehistory, bioarchaeology or medieval archaeology. Recent examples have included: Origin of modern humans (prehistory pathway); societies in Iron Age Europe (prehistory pathway); archaeozoology (bioarchaeology pathway); archaeobotany (bioarchaeology pathway); early Christian Europe (medieval pathway); medieval urbanism (medieval pathway).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Part-time - 2 years
PgDip Full-time - 9 months
MA Full-time £ 5,470 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 13,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 5,470 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months
PgDip Part-time - 18 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leicester Leicester LE1 7RH East Midlands

Key information

Telephone number: 
0116 252 2720/2772