University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Experimental Archaeology

Experimental methods and techniques are vital to the future of archaeology. On this course, you will examine the strengths of experimental archaeology, such as reconstructing ancient craft practices and testing building reconstructions. We will also encourage you to question them. Through practical work and theoretical critique, you will explore and possibly even create new directions for the discipline. You will have access to some well-equipped labs and we will show you how to manage your own research, from planning and execution through to presenting your findings. There is a programme of experimental fieldwork with partner organisations in the region. And there are some opportunities to work on projects overseas. You are 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

Minimum 2.1 degree in a humanities or science subject; some practical experience with archaeology or a science is an advantage; applicants whose first language is not English require an Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: archaeology and ethnography of production and consumption; experimental archaeology; introduction to material culture studies; reconstructing ancient technologies: ceramics; reconstructing ancient technologies: metals; reconstructing ancient technologies: vitreous materials; dissertation in experimental archaeology. Optional modules: choose two from a range of modules available across the Department or the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Assessment methods

There are seminars, lectures, practical classes and projects. Assessment is by 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 £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 5,750 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

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