2019 start

Aegean Archaeology

Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Through imaginative teaching and world-leading research, we inspire our students to explore.
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Course description

Through a series of specialist modules, you’ll explore the archaeology of the Aegean and neighbouring regions. There’s an emphasis on prehistoric periods (Neolithic to Early Iron Age, including the Bronze Age Minoan and Mycenaean worlds), and scope to study later periods.

Themes include: landscape change; subsistence; material culture and identity; analysis of single sites; Bronze and Iron Age trading systems; the history of archaeology in the Aegean; the contexts of Bronze Age Aegean and Cypriot literacy and the analysis of ceramics, seeds or animal bones.

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Core modules

  • Current Issues in Aegean Archaeology
  • Reinventing Archaeology
  • Research Design: Planning, Execution and Presentation
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Choose from a range of optional modules. These might include:

  • Mediterranean Landscapes
  • Rethinking the Ancient Economy
  • Applied Archaeological Science
  • The Archaeology of Cyprus
  • Greeks, Romans and ‘Others’ in the Ancient World
  • Mineralogy and Petrography of Archaeological Ceramics
  • Materialising Culture: Agents, Things and Social Processes
  • Reconstructing Ancient Technologies: Ceramics
  • Archaeobotany
  • Archaeozoology


You can expect a balanced timetable of lectures, seminars and practicals. You’ll have access to specialist labs and world-class reference collections. Many of our masters courses include a fieldwork or project-based component.

We integrate humanities and science-based approaches to nurture a deeper understanding. You’ll have the opportunity to explore different viewpoints and make up your own mind about their strengths and weaknesses.

We’ll help you to develop your critical thinking as well as your practical skills. What we ask of you, as a member of our lively academic community, is that you challenge, question, and explore.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

This course provides a strong introduction to current theories and research agendas in Aegean archaeology, and gives you the chance to explore practical fields of study. I've explored a wide range of subdisciplines within archaeology, including Archaeozoology, Archaeobotany, and Material Culture studies.

Sally Purvis
MA Aegean Archaeology

Entry requirements

Usually a minimum 2:1 honours degree in an arts, humanities or science subject. But your interest in and understanding of archaeology is more important than what you studied at undergraduate level.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding


If you accept a place on a course, you may be eligible to apply for White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) and University of Sheffield studentships. We also offer a number of department and course-specific scholarships.

See the department's fees and funding page for more information.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.