Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This specialist Master's degree in archaeological practice is designed specifically as training for the 1+3 funded PhD studentships in the ESRC Doctoral Training Programme. It provides you with the advanced conceptual, theoretical and practical skills to undertake archaeological research, from prehistory to the middle ages, and over considerable geographical breadth. The inclusion of the compulsory module in Quantitative Social Research provides you with the statistical skills needed for doctoral research.

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 can pursue careers in research and archiving, museums and galleries, education, or journalism. Possible professions include researcher, archivist, or journalist. This degree will also provide graduates with the skills to undertake archaeological research at PhD level as well as professionally and independently. It may also be useful in becoming a higher education lecturer, museum education officer, or Civil Service administrator.

Start Date:

1-2 evenings a week.

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

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Course specific entry requirements: Students need at least a second-class honours degree in a humanities or social-sciences subject and references. 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 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.
  • IELTS score: 7