The principal element of the programme, and of assessment, is the 20,000-word research thesis on a subject agreed by you and a member of staff with appropriate research interests.
This research project also forms the core of your application to study, and we recommend that you discuss your proposed research project with a potential supervisor in advance of applying. The thesis can be regarded as an independent piece of research or a foundation for doctoral-level study.
The potential areas for research are very diverse and include British and European prehistory, the archaeology of the Roman World, Late Antiquity and Greece, and thematic areas relevant to all periods and regions of archaeological study such as environment, landscape, material culture, death and burial, age and gender, warfare, ritual and religion, and archaeological theory and method.
Alongside the thesis, you take three taught modules to complement your research topic. Modules typically available include:
- Archaeological Theory, Method and Interpretation
- Archaeology of Greece
- Archaeology of the Late Roman and Dark-Age East
- Archaeology of the Byzantine and Crusader World
- Creating Europe: Complex Societies 1000 BC – AD 1000
- Empire and Identity
- Field Survey
- Funerary Archaeology
- GIS and Spatial Analysis
- Landscape Archaeology
- Material Culture
For more information, see our Archaeology module descriptions.
Please note that the optional module information listed on the website for this programme is intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.