MArts (Hons) Archaeology

MArc Archaeology

95% of UWTSD’s History and Archaeology students were satisfied with the teaching on their course – NSS 2017.

Archaeology at UWTSD is a highly practical degree programme, with plenty of on-site activity, with field trips and excavation sites to explore and learn from. Such experiential learning allows students to gain valuable first-hand experience of archaeological sites and as well as acquire a thorough understanding of archaelogical techniques. 

The Integrated Masters in Archaeology (MArc) is the best option for those who wish to extend their study of archaeology beyond undergraduate level, and further develop their own academic interests,  focussing on a specific area of archaeology under the support and guidance of experts in the field. 

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UCAS Code: 58YV
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3-years full-time

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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MArc Masters of Archaeology gives each student the opportunity to explore various archaeological pathways under the instruction of expert academics. 

For example, there is a Mediterranean Pathway which allows students to specialise in the archaeology of the East Mediterranean and Egypt. Through a variety of in-depth case studies drawn from the Aegean, Cyprus, Egypt and the Levant, students are encouraged to engage in current archaeological theoretical debates based in materialities, social theory and practice. Moreover the MArc focuses in depth on current issues of cultural politics in the region and how this is impacting on heritage and  national identities. Students will also have the opportunity to study hands-on primary material from current research projects in the School of AHA.

There is a compulsory module titled "Archaeology of the Mediterranean" where you will focus on research methods and theory for researching the ancient Mediterranean. 

This module acts as a foundation to choose other modules, such as:

  • Art and Representation in the Ancient Near East
  • Space, Places and Objects in Ancient Mediterranean Religions
  • Ancient Egyptian religion 
  • Exhibiting the Past: Museums,  Collections and Heritage

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • UK and overseas field excavations (Strata Florida, Mediterranean, Qatar)
  • Combines theory, method and practice of archaeology
  • Excellent facilities for field and laboratory-based courses, with its own bespoke series of laboratories (covering analysis of soil, pollen, ‘the bone lab’, the project room)
  • Hi-tech computer facilities to undertake GIS survey
  • Many wide-ranging and varied option courses to choose from
  • Staff with teaching and research expertise in a wide international area
  • Ideal area with sites ranging from prehistoric hill forts and monuments, to Roman gold mines and imposing medieval castle complexes
  • Work placement opportunities with local archaeology trusts, CADW, National Trust and so on

The Archaeology department uses a wide range of assessment methods including written assessments such as essays, reports, and object analysis, as well as presentations (group or individual) and exhibition proposals.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. It will be these skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management that provide you with a passport into employment. Types of employment could include museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching.

  • Further study
  • Teaching
  • Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
  • Business and commerce.
  • Journalism
  • Local government
  • Postgraduate research
  • General administrative and management posts
  • Civil service

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page

This four-year degree means that you will graduate with a Masters’ level qualification, while having received four years of undergraduate funding.

If you would like to know more about the course, the university, or the campus we run Visit Days and Open Days throughout the year. Simply contact Louise Steel for more information.