Graduate School

Taught courses

You will take several courses across two semesters of teaching, including a compulsory course and a range of optional courses.

Core courses

The compulsory course provides a general introduction to graduate study in archaeology and enables you to develop your research skills.

The compulsory course for this programme is:

Course name Credits
Research Sources and Strategies in Archaeology 20

Option courses

You will choose a further 100 credits from a wide selection of optional courses, subject to availability.

Option courses previously offered include those listed below.  Option courses change from year to year and those available when you start your studies will be different from those shown in this representative list.

Course name Credits

Ancient Egyptian Religion and the Afterlife


Biomolecular Archaeology: the appliance of science

Bronze Age Civilisations of the Near East and Greece 20
From Foraging to Farming: the Beginnings of Agriculture in the Mediterranean and Europe   20
Frontiers in Archaeology: Research Seminars   20
Archaeological Illustration   20
Byzantine Archaeology: The archaeology of the Byzantine empire and its neighbours AD 500-850.   20

Theoretical Archaeology

Principles of GIS for Archaeologists   20
Archaeology of the Roman Economy   20
Etruscan Italy, 1000 - 300 BC   20

Archaeology of 'Celtic' Europe: Communities and Interactions


The Hittites: the Archaeology of a Near Eastern Civilization

Island Worlds: prehistoric societies in the Mediterranean Sea 20
Gallia from the Third Century BC to Augustus   20
Conflict archaeology: materialities of violence   20

Constantinople: The History of a Medieval Megalopolis


Teaching and assessment

You will take a variety of seminar-style courses in small groups while developing your own research projects, supervised by experts in your field of study.

Most classes are assessed by means of an extended piece of written work, while some courses also assess non-written skills. 

Further information

You can see more details about the 2022/23 programme structure on the Degree Programme Table for the MSc in Mediterranean Archaeology. We expect the 2023/24 programme structure to be available from May 2023.