Masters Degrees in Archaeology


The School of Archaeology offers two masters degrees in Archaeology for those who wish to develop and focus their knowledge of archaeology. 

The Master of Studies (MSt) is a nine-month, full-time taught course (equivalent to an Master of Arts (MA) in other institutions), and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a 21-month, full-time taught course with a much greater degree of student-led research in the second year.  Not only do these taught degrees offer the opportunity for students to build on their knowledge from undergraduate studies, they also offer an excellent foundation for those wishing to continue towards research at doctoral level.

See course pages for the Master of Studies (MSt) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil)  for full details on the structure and subject listings for each degree.

Content and assessment of MSt and MPhil degrees in Archaeology


MSt or first year MPhil  candidates are required to study the following:

  • 1 x Core Subject (usually studied in Michaelmas Term and assessed by unseen written paper at the end of Trinity Term):
  • 1 x Option Subject (usually studied in Hilary Term and assessed by 2 x c.5,000 word essays at the start of Trinity Term); and
  • 1 x dissertation of no more than 10,000 words to be submitted in Trinity Term.

M.Phil. candidates in their second year are required to study:

  • 1 x Option Subject (studied in Michaelmas or Hilary Term) and assessed by 2 x c.5,000 word essays at start of the following term; and
  • 1 x thesis of no more than 25,000 words to be submitted in Trinity Term. 

Useful documents/links

The above links will take you to the most current documents which maybe updated throughout the course of the academic year. 

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