Graduate School

Programme description

The Mediterranean area presents abundant opportunities for archaeological research.


This degree programme encompasses theory, methodology and practice.

A combination of wide ranging courses, tailored to suit your interests, will help you to develop an understanding of specific regions and periods, current theories, methodologies and major research issues, all of which provide the basis for a PhD or future participation in excavation, survey and/or lab work. 

Edinburgh is an ideal venue for archaeological study and research, allowing you to benefit from national institutions and heritage agencies, such as the excellent collections and resources of the National Museum and the National Library of Scotland.

Breadth of expertise 

While making full use of theoretical approaches and methodologies, you will be well placed to benefit from the specialist knowledge and research projects that our staff can offer.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Southern European and Western Mediterranean prehistory
  • Byzantine archaeology
  • Eastern Mediterranean archaeology and Egyptology
  • scientific methods in archaeology
  • human evolution
  • human and animal osteoarchaeology

With the agreement of the programme director, students may also take courses offered as part of the MSc in Classical Art and Archaeology.