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MRes Archaeology

Uncover the past by carrying out your own independent research project at the Archaeology programme from University of Birmingham, while developing your knowledge and skills through our wide range of taught modules.

Quick Facts

Full-Time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £20,820 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

You can complete your research project on any archaeological subject, as agreed with your supervisor. Our research expertise ranges across British and European prehistory, ancient Egypt, and Greek, Roman and early medieval archaeology, and themes relevant to all periods/regions such as wetland landscapes, funerary archaeology, ritual and religion, material culture, and GIS and digital environments.

Courses included:

  • Archaeological Theory, Method and Interpretation
  • Byzantine Archaeology and Material Culture
  • Funerary Archaeology
  • Empire and Identity
  • Material Culture
  • Archaeological Theory, Method and Interpretation
  • Research and Scholarship in Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
  • Towns, Tombs and Temples: archaeology of ancient Egypt

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


Your degree will provide excellent preparation for your future career, but this can also be enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University and the College of Arts and Law.

The University’s Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team who offer tailored advice and a programme of College-specific careers events.


  • For MRes and MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK, usually in a relevant area.

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