Postgraduate Students

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

We have a  wide range of expertise covering different areas, time periods and themes, including

  • Bioarchaeology and isotope studies

  • Egyptology

  • Roman and ‘Celtic’ archaeology

  • The Byzantine World and Late Antiquity  

  • Megalithic monuments

  • Prehistory of Europe, the Mediterranean and North-East Africa

  • Early civilisations and urban societies

  • The archaeology of Scotland

  • Cultural heritage and sustainability

  • Digital heritage and heritage policy

  • Archaeomaterials analysis  

  • Human evolution

  • Conflict archaeology

  • Medieval archaeology

  • Computational archaeology

  • Marine and coastal archaeology

  • Buildings archaeology

  • Archaeological survey-Landscape Archaeology


Focal areas of research include:

  • Bioarchaeology/ Human Osteoarchaeology/ Biological Anthropology

  • Human–environment interactions

  • The transition from hunter-gatherer to farming communities

  • The development of complex societies

  • Cultural heritage perspectives on the past, present, and future


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