University of York

University of York

Mesolithic Studies

The programme provides an important review of the European Mesolithic, exploring the ways in which the period has been interpreted from the 19th Century, up to the present day. It also explores key topics such as technology, consumption practices, death and burial, plants and animals, and settlement, drawing on the research carried out in the department. Students have the opportunity to get involved in one of several Mesolithic excavation projects, including nearby Star Carr, site of the oldest house and oldest carpentry in Europe, Howick in Northumberland, and coastal shell middens in Europe, all of which have featured on TV and in the media.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (upper 2nd or 1st Class) in a relevant subject, or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution in archaeology, anthropology, biology or related fields. Mature students or those with less conventional qualifications but with relevant appropriate experience will also be considered. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Course modules

Core Module includes: Mesolithic theory and interpretation; Mesolithic lifeways; dissertation; hands-on experience. Optional modules may include: Bone and bones; the archaeology of human bones; becoming human (evolving minds and societies); context and practice of gathering field archaeology data; concepts of landscape; zooarchaeology in context; ancient biomolecules; analysis interpretation and dissemination of field archaeology data; themes in the prehistoric landscape; hunting and gathering societies. Plus 4 short 'skills' modules: Topographical survey; bone taphonomy; artefacts; database design and implementation; human bone practical skills 1; human bone practical skills 2; geophysical survey; geoarchaeology; geographical information systems (GIS); zooarchaeology (exploring the assemblage); virtual-reality modelling; perspectives in landscape research.

Assessment methods


Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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