University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy

You�ll get intensive training in environmental and economic archaeology. Designed to prepare you for a PhD, the course also meets the need for skilled specialists within commercial archaeology. Along the way, you�ll acquire some advanced IT skills. We�ll introduce you to geographic information systems (GIS) and you�ll use specialist software such as CANOCO, SPSS and TILIA. Sheffield graduates hold archaeological posts in Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia. They use their expertise in universities, museums, archaeological consultancies, heritage parks and government. Jobs include historic buildings projects officer, commercial field archaeologist and postdoctoral researcher.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 Honours degree in a humanities or science subject. Students whose 1st 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: Rethinking the ancient economy; reinventing archaeology; archaeo-botany; archaeo-zoology; dynamic landscapes: investigating ancient environments; research design: planning, execution and presentation; dissertation. Option modules may include: GIS for archaeologists; advanced zoo-archaeology; advanced archaeo-botany, or any units in the faculty of arts and humanities to the value of 15 credits.

Assessment methods

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 Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,750 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas 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

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Telephone number: 
0114 222 2900