Department of Archaeology,
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
On this course you choose roughly half the modules. And the list of options is extensive. With our help, you can design a degree that reflects your interests and your ambitions. You’re free to specialise in a particular area if you want to, or develop a broader understanding of the discipline.
You choose whether to go on a fieldwork placement over the summer or complete a dissertation.
We believe archaeology is crucial to understanding the present: the relationship between humans and the environment, the problems we face, and their potential solutions. Our research-led teaching reflects this. If you’re looking for a masters that understands how archaeologists engage with contemporary society, this is it.
- Reinventing Archaeology
- Research Design: Planning, Execution and Presentation
- Dissertation or Work Placement
Choose modules to the value of 75 credits from those specified. The majority of our modules are 15 credits.
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
My experience so far has exceeded my expectations. The attentiveness and guidance from the professors, module coordinator, and programme directors in the department have been remarkable.
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
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
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.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
+44 114 222 2900
The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.