September 2021 start
PG Certificate
PG Diploma


Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Create a bespoke degree that reflects your unique interests and ambitions through one of our two pathways: Cross-discipline or Classical Mediterranean.
A group of archaeology students at a large excavation site.

Course description

The cross-discipline pathway provides a route into advanced study of archaeology for students with generalist interests. You’ll create a bespoke course within a clear structure that allows you to engage your specific interests in period, region or approach while building on a strong foundation of understanding archaeology as a discipline. You’ll choose between completing a research dissertation or developing employability through a work placement.

The Classical Mediterranean pathway reflects one of our departmental core strengths, the archaeology of the Classical and Mediterranean world. You’ll study the Classical Mediterranean from a range of archaeological perspectives – socio-cultural, landscape, materials, bioarchaeological – within a directed structure of core modules and a research dissertation. The additional options of existing Ancient History modules and Latin will allow you to further customise your degree.

This course is excellent preparation for a PhD. You’ll also develop the professional and transferable skills you need to progress to a career in this field.

MA students
You'll also go on a work placement and complete a report as part of your placement experience OR choose your own research project and complete a dissertation.

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Core modules

  • Reinventing Archaeology
  • Research Design: Planning, Execution and Presentation (compulsory for those wishing to take a dissertation)
  • Dissertation or work placement

Optional modules

You can choose from an array of modules offered by the department, which may include any MLTC language units, at any level, to the value of 15 credits.   

Classical Mediterranean pathway  

  • Greeks, Romans and 'Others' in the Ancient World
  • Aegean Prehistory
  • Roman Italy and its Hinterland
  • Mediterranean Landscapes
  • Wikipedia and Medieval History (History)
  • Migration in the Ancient World (History)
  • Enhanced Languages Project (MLTC)
  • Enhanced Languages Project (MLTC)


You'll be taught through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and field trips.


Your assessments will include essays, portfolio work, practical work, exams, a dissertation or a placement report.


MA: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Postgraduate Diploma: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Postgraduate Certificate: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Archaeology student

MA Archaeology is an excellent course as it allows the flexibility to diversify which modules I can study in order to pursue multiple interests.  Learning comes in the form of lectures, seminars, field trips, workshops and independent study. All of these methods contribute to a dynamic range of teaching and understanding and provide the basis for meaningful research by students. Furthermore, the passion of both students and staff for archaeology is incredible – the warm, friendly and dedicated atmosphere of the department was a significant factor in why I decided to choose Sheffield.

James Danter
MA 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

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.


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

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Hugh Willmott
Programme Director
0114 22 22940

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