The University of Sheffield
Department of Archaeology

Postgraduate study in archaeology

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World Archaeology. Made in Sheffield

For the archaeologist, Sheffield is the birthplace of the industrial revolution situated in a landscape of prehistory.

We are one of the largest archaeology departments in the UK and we play a leading role in the development of the subject as a modern discipline. We offer one of the widest ranges of taught masters courses and research degrees in the UK.

The study of archaeology offers the fullest and most challenging perspective on human history. Our philosophy is to develop archaeological research by drawing upon the integrated strengths of the humanities, and the natural and physical sciences in an interdisciplinary manner.

The highest standards - in a friendly community

At Sheffield you’ll discover a climate of academic excellence, innovative teaching, and world-class research. Ours is a truly international study environment, in the heart of one of the best student cities in the UK.

Our research programmes involve collaboration with colleagues in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, and they cover issues from human evolution, the origins of agriculture, the growth of empires, the European Reformation to the beginnings of industrialisation.

Research profile

Our research interests are extensive, ranging from the prehistoric to the post-medieval. We are involved in research projects throughout the UK, Europe and beyond, and offer teaching and research supervision in a broad range of archaeological subjects and methods.

The department was awarded a Grade 5A in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, and the University was given the highest rating for teaching in May 2004 in the Quality Assurance Agency's institutional assessment.

Graduate School

Our Graduate School’s outstanding reputation ensures that Sheffield frequently has visiting overseas staff and we welcome a significant number of overseas students each year.

It is home to around 150 graduate students who arrive with first degrees in a range of subjects: Archaeology, Classics, History, Geography, Geology, Materials Science, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics or Computer Science.

We currently have over 60 graduate students carrying out research for a PhD, whilst others are taking one of our Research Track Masters courses.

The department’s facilities include specialist laboratories.

Postgraduate community

Our departmental postgraduate community is lively and diverse. At our weekly research seminars staff, graduate students and visiting speakers present their research in a friendly and lively atmosphere.

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