MA Archaeology of the Classical Mediterranean

Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

We inspire students to explore and excel through imaginative teaching and the world-leading research we conduct across the globe.

The course is a mixture of lectures and seminars, which developed my skills and knowledge while preparing me for my dissertation and future goals. Friendly and approachable staff are on hand to support you throughout the course.

Lorna Gosling, MA Archaeology of the Classical Mediterranean

About the course

September 2018 entry

Course description

This course is ideal if you want to deepen your understanding of the early history of the Mediterranean by systematically including the full range of archaeological data that sometimes complement and sometimes contradict the textual. It creates a strong platform for future doctoral research combining these approaches.

You can specialise in early history (classical antiquity) or later prehistory (Late Bronze Age-Early Iron Age), but a diachronic perspective and broad range of approaches are encouraged.

Student and tutor on a dig

Core modules

  • Greeks, Romans and 'Others' in the Ancient World
  • Mediterranean Landscapes
  • Rethinking the Ancient Economy
  • Research Design: Planning, Execution and Presentation
  • Dissertation

Indicative optional modules

  • Current Issues in Aegean Prehistory
  • Mediterranean Landscapes
  • Heritage, Museum and Field: Archaeology in Practise
  • Roman Italy and its Hinterland
  • The Archaeology of Cyprus; Funerary Archaeology
  • Archaeobotany
  • Advanced Archaeobotany
  • Archaeozoology
  • A module from the Department of History
  • Enhanced Languages Project (Modern Language Teaching).

How we will teach and assess you

Our students come from all around the world and the content of our courses reflects this. You can expect a balanced timetable of lectures, seminars and practicals. Many of our masters courses also include a fieldwork or project work component.

Our teaching staff are leading scholars in their field. Through their research and field projects they are active in generating new knowledge that feeds directly into their teaching.

Part-time study

This course can be taken full-time or part-time.

If you study part-time, you'll take two 15-credit modules in each semester during Year 1 and Year 2, and either a dissertation or placement module over the summer of Year 2. We arrange for you to attend two days a week but we try to be as flexible as possible.

Course duration

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

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree 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.

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students

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Fees and funding

If you accept a place on one of our courses, you may be eligible to apply for WRoCAH and University of Sheffield studentships. There are also a number of departmental and programme-specific scholarships available each year. See our website for details.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)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.