University of Manchester

University of Manchester


This course allows students to pursue wider or more theoretical archaeological interests that are not restricted thematically or chronologically.

Entry requirements

A 1st or 2.1 Honours degree or the overseas equivalent; if 1st language is not English, applicants need a minimum overall score of 7.0, to include a writing score of 7.0 on the IELTS test, or 100 on the TOEFL internet-based test (250 computer-based), or the Cambridge Advanced Certificate (grades A-C) or the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (grades A-C).

Course modules

Modules include: Skills awareness for graduate education; research skills in archaeology; plus optional modules from: comparing complex societies; Neolithic Europe in context; reconstructing prehistoric society in the Aegean bronze age; archaeology of ethnicity and nationalism; Neolithic archaeology of Britain; archaeology of gender; reconstructing prehistoric society in the near east; archaeology of religions; archaeology of artefacts; people, place and power: northern Europe, Britain and Ireland in the 1st millennium BC; human nature, history and archaeological knowledge; Mesolithic archaeology.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grants are competetive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students; the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures also offers a limited number of fee bursaries on a competitive basis for Master's students; details are published in Feb/Mar each year.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
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0161 275 4740