Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
We draw on the humanities and the sciences to explore our relationship with the world.
About the course
1 year full-time/2 years part-time
Advanced study of archaeology, from the first principles. If your first degree is in another subject, this is an excellent conversion course, preparing you for specialised research at PhD level.
Minimum 2:1 honours degree in any subject.
English language requirements for overseas students
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
If you're going on to a PhD, you may be eligible for the Ian Sanders Occasional Postgraduate Bursary, worth between £500 and £1,000.
You may qualify 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.
This course can be taken full-time or part-time. If you choose to study part-time, you'll take two 15 credit modules in each semester during Year 1 and Year 2, and undertake either a dissertation or placement module over the summer of Year 2.
We will arrange for part-time students to attend two days per week but we try to be as flexible as possible to meet your needs.
If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:
This course is excellent preparation for a PhD and a research career. It has an optional vocational track, designed to prepare you for specific types of jobs.
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.
You'll be joining a department that nurtures leaders, not followers. Our track record is excellent – in every national assessment since 1992 we've made the UK top ten for archaeology research. This strength in research feeds directly into our teaching, so as a masters student you learn from the best.
The foundations of great teaching
The research that underpins our teaching is organised into four areas: bioarchaeology and human evolution; landscapes and environments; material culture and technologies; and Old World archaeology.
There are several specialised research centres here: Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology; Sheffield Centre for Archaeobotany and Ancient Land-Use; Sheffield Centre for Historical Archaeology; Zooarchaeology Laboratory. Their projects, conferences and seminars all add to the quality of your course.
Jobs include Historic Buildings Projects Officer, Commercial Field Archaeologist and Postdoctoral Researcher.
We make sure you have everything you need to explore your ideas. We have a complex of laboratories, imaging and GIS resources and storage facilities. There are labs for research and teaching in environmental archaeology, human and animal skeletal analysis, landscape and aerial archaeology, dendrochronology and materials sciences.
You'll also have the opportunity to get involved in our research projects in the UK, mainland Europe, Asia and Africa.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.