Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This MA will introduce you to the major techniques, principal bodies of evidence, and central research themes and concepts deployed in archaeological practice. From this, you will develop a critical understanding of how contemporary archaeologists think, draw and write about material evidence. The programme aims to produce a new kind of professional - one who is theoretically aware but also grounded in the craft of archaeology - and will develop your capacity for interdisciplinary and innovative research in the field, based on critical and integrated study of landscape, architecture and material culture.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Graduates go into careers in developer-funded archaeology, heritage and conservation, or museums. Possible professions include archaeologist, researcher, or heritage manager. This degree may also be useful in becoming a historic buildings inspector/conservation officer, higher education lecturer, social researcher, or tourism officer.

Start Date:

1-2 evenings a week.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,350 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,350 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £15,200 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £4,175 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £4,175 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £7,600 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.