University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Archaeological Materials

This course focuses on the scientific techniques archaeologists use to study material culture. You will learn field skills and instrumental analysis. We will also show you how to manage your own research, from planning and execution through to presenting your findings. Practical work includes reconstruction and analysis of industrial debris, metal, glass and ceramics. Our green city was once at the heart of the industrial revolution, so it is the ideal place to study this subject. There are opportunities to take part in research projects with Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Museums Trust. You will be assessed on a dissertation, which you can use as the basis for a PhD.Our graduates work in Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia. Universities, museums, archaeological consultancies, heritage parks and government departments value their expertise. Jobs include: historic buildings projects officer, commercial field archaeologist and postdoctoral researcher.

Entry requirements

2.1 honours degree in a relevant arts and humanities subject. Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Analysis of inorganic materials; archaeology and ethnography of production and consumption; introduction to material culture studies; reconstructing ancient technologies: ceramics; reconstructing ancient technologies: metals; reconstructing ancient technologies: vitreous materials; dissertation in archaeological materials.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed on coursework assignments and a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

If you accept a place on one of our courses, you may be eligible to apply for AHRC and University of Sheffield studentships. If you�re considering applying for funding, we recommend you contact us as soon as possible.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,750 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

School of Archaeology
Telephone number: 
0114 222 2900