Department of Archaeology

Postgraduate archaeology degrees (MA, MSc)

Why study a masters at Nottingham?

We have excellent resources and expertise to support high-calibre postgraduate study. We have a lively and successful postgraduate programme, with students working on a range of projects that reflect our areas of expertise.

We provide a supportive and friendly environment for students, with dedicated working space, teaching opportunities, regular research and postgraduate seminars, conferences and workshops.

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Teaching and learning

Masters students follow an individually tailored programme of study, supported by the research and teaching expertise of our staff.

You can choose to study topics in any area of archaeology in which the department has expertise, and will be provided with guidance and supervision from members of staff who are internationally-renowned experts in their field. You will also undertake a major independent research project.

Chronologically, the department's research and supervision expertise extends from the study of human evolution and palaeolithic archaeology, to early prehistory and the beginnings of farming and to the development of complex societies in later prehistory, and the historical societies and empires of the Roman, medieval and post-medieval periods.

We also have internationally-renowned expertise in social bioarchaeology, specialising in palaeoanthropology, zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, and in the scientific analysis of archaeological materials (ceramics, metals and glass).

You will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for a successful career or further postgraduate research. To support you in this, our students can apply for an award from our Next Generation fund, to enable you to undertake an innovative research project or a work placement at the end of your degree.

As well as the campus-based taught course programme of lectures and seminars, masters students are required to undertake significant amounts of independent study, supported by tutorial and feedback sessions. Distance-learning students will be supported via online technologies.

In addition there are many opportunities for students to gain practical experience and skills such as organising and/or participating in workshops and conferences. Students are also encouraged to participate in centre-led activities including the Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies (in cooperation with the Department of Classics), the Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, and the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre. The University also has an internationally renowned Institute for Medieval Research, which includes members from the Departments of Archaeology, History, English, and Cultural and Language Studies.

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Facilities and resources

Nottingham has excellent facilities for postgraduate students both in terms of formal teaching and personal study space.

Key spaces for masters students include the Graduate School and Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre.

In the Humanities building we offer state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities including dedicated laboratories for archaeological materials and bioarchaeology, a microscope laboratory, the departmental electron microprobe research facility and the Digital Humanities Centre. Nearby is the outdoor archaeology experimental area, complete with yurt.

Facilities and resources of particular interest to Archaeology students elsewhere on University Park campus include the Hallward Library, with generous holdings of books and journals, and the University of Nottingham Museum, with artefacts dating from the palaeolithic to the post-medieval period.


Dr Chris King introduces The University of Nottingham Museum.

Funding for masters students

The University is committed to making study at Nottingham both accessible and affordable.

The majority of postgraduate students in the UK fund their own studies, often from a package made up of personal savings, parental loans or contributions, bank loans and support from a trust or charity.

However, financial support and competitive scholarships are available and we encourage applicants to explore all funding opportunities at least a year in advance of the start date.

Funding opportunities for postgraduate archaeology students

Nottingham offers a range of opportunities to transform your subject specialisms into practical skills and gain experience sought after by employers.

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Nottingham and its environs provide numerous and varied on-campus and off-campus activities to enhance your student experience.

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View our masters courses in the postgraduate online prospectus

Archaeology MA (by Research)

Archaeological Science MSc (by Research)

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Department of Archaeology

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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