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 modules. These comprise a programme of directed research on a relevant theme, issue or topic in one of the following fields: researching prehistory; researching bioarchaeology; researching medieval archaeology. There is also the option to make a selection 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).

Assessment methods

Students will be taught by a combination of lectures and seminars, laboratory work (if chosen) and individual research. Assessment is through essays and project work. Students will write a 15,000-word dissertation. Students may also elect to do an extended dissertation if they want to prepare for doctoral study.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,105 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time October 2016 - 2 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 - 9 months

Campus details

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

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