MA Aegean Archaeology


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An intensive 1-year (or 2 year part-time) postgraduate taught degree with research experience

Work as part of the largest group of Aegean prehistorians in the UK.

Advanced training in the methods and theories of Aegean archaeology.

Tailor your degree to your own career plan with a broad choice of modules from Archaeology and across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Engage directly with leaders in the field of Aegean archaeology through seminar-based teaching.

Our MA in Aegean Archaeology offers a series of specialist modules on the archaeology of the Aegean and neighbouring regions, situated within a sophisticated and intellectually demanding theoretical context that encourages a diachronic perspective and broad range of approaches. Modules offered allow you to explore themes ranging from landscape change and subsistence to material culture and identity, from Neolithic village society to Classical Athens, from analysis of single sites to Bronze and Iron Age world systems, and from field survey and excavation to laboratory analysis and archival research. Throughout the programme we will encourage and support you in the development of intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, problem-solving and independent judgement.

The Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology provides our staff, students and academic visitors with an interdisciplinary environment for research into all aspects of the archaeology of the Aegean. Our teaching staff are leading scholars in Aegean archaeology. Through their research and field projects they are active in generating new knowledge that feeds directly into their teaching. As with all our programmes, we stress the integration of ‘humanities’ and ‘science-based’ approaches to produce a deeper understanding of past humanity, and throughout provide you with the opportunity to work between and across different viewpoints and approaches and to make your own mind up about their strengths and weaknesses.

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Duration Full-time (one year) or Part-time (two years).
Semesters The teaching component of the programme will commence late September and is based on semesters (Autumn/Spring). Semester dates Over the summer you will undertake your independent research in consultation with an academic supervisor. Part-time students will commence this aspect of the programme in the summer of their second year.
Qualification This programme is offered as a MA (180 credits), Diploma (90 credits) or a Certificate (60 credits).
Assessment Typical forms of assessment include essays, presentations and completion of a research-led dissertation*.

Core Modules:

Information relates to 2017-18 academic year: The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

These compulsory modules will provide you with the key knowledge and understanding for research in Aegean archaeology.

*While the majority of dissertation projects do not involve any additional cost to the student, you may incur some expenses if you choose a topic that is not resourced by the department.

Optional Modules:

You will chose modules worth a total of 75 credits, which can also include a module up to the value of 15 credits in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Availability varies from year to year but the following gives a flavour of the kind of specialised module we will offer.

For information on other modules in Archaeology please see our module list.

Full programme specifications are also available.


Core Teaching Staff:

Peter Day

Prof Peter Day

Peter is a specialist in material culture, with particular emphasis on ceramics and the Aegean. His research interests include archaeological material culture, The technology of ceramics, Ethnographies of craft, The archaeology of the Aegean

Roger Doonan

Dr Roger Doonan

Roger’s areas of interest include Material Culture Studies, Archaeological theory, Community archaeology, and Experimental Archaeology.

Paul Halstead

Prof Paul Halstead

Paul’s research has focussed chronologically and geographically on the later prehistory (Neolithic and Bronze Age) of Greece, thematically on the relationship between farming economies and social change, and methodologically on the contributions of zooarchaeology and ethnoarchaeology to the study of past animal and crop husbandry. He has participated in archaeological fieldwork projects in Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Bulgaria and Britain and in ethnoarchaeological projects in Greece, France and Spain.

Sue Sherratt

Dr Susan Sherratt (Programme Director)

Sue’s research interests are in the Bronze and Early Iron Ages of the Aegean, Cyprus and the wider eastern Mediterranean, particularly in all aspects of trade and interaction within and beyond these regions. She is also interested in exploring the ways in which the Homeric epics and the archaeological record can most usefully be combined.


Academic Requirements:

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree (GPA 3.0) in an arts, humanities or science subject is usually required. Your interest in and knowledge of archaeological matters are more important than the specific discipline of your undergraduate degree. EU and international student entry requirements can be found using the link below:

English Language Requirements:

For applicants whose first language is not English, IELTS is the preferred test of language. You need an IELTS score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 in all the component tests. Further information can be obtained from the following link:

Fees and Funding:

Funding options, instalment plans and tuition fee information are located at:

For those that accept a place on MA Aegean Archaeology, you will automatically considered for the Conart Bursary, worth up to £1,000.

How to Apply:

Applications forms are completed on-line at the following link:

Applying to start in over 12 months time?

Please feel free to submit your application via our online system, however please note that we will not be able to process your application for this course until 12 months before your proposed start date.

Visit Us:

If you’re considering a postgraduate programme at Sheffield, you are very welcome to visit us. You can attend an open day or a visit afternoon, which will include a tour of the University campus and the department, or contact the department directly ( to arrange a personal visit to meet with the director of your chosen programme.

Further Information:

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of this course please contact Dr Susan Sherratt,

For any other queries please contact: E:, T: +44 (0)114 222 2900

Frequently Asked Questions:

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We are truly international in our scope and ethos. Our students come to us from countries all over Europe, Asia and America. Their vibrancy, pursuit of knowledge and divergent experience informs our debates and provokes lively discussion. We encourage applicants to visit the following webpages aimed specifically at our EU and international students.

We also have a departmental page for our international applicants:

Prospective EU Students