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University of Southampton

48 months
18520 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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Discover how human civilisations evolved, and why people and societies have changed over time with this Archaeology MSci course offered by the University of Southampton. Through the latest techniques and technologies, you'll investigate how our ancestors lived, from the earliest human origins, to Neolithic Britain, and Ancient Egypt.


Course Details

Archaeology is the study of the human past through its material remains, such as its buildings, monuments, artefacts, biological remains, written sources and landscape.

With fieldwork and scientific analysis opportunities across the world, this Archaeology MSci course offered by the University of Southampton also represents a great opportunity to choose your own study path.

On this archaeology MSci course, you'll focus on scientific methods and techniques with options including:

  • studying human and animal bones
  • scientific diving
  • physics and chemistry of archaeological material
  • laboratory techniques for dating
  • maritime archaeology

The undergraduate grounding (following the framework of the BSc in Archaeology) will give you a foundation in scientific analyses in archaeology and anthropology.

The final year enables you to develop your own interests in specialist fields so that you can target the career path you want to follow, for example:

  • forensic or bioarchaeological studies
  • zooarchaeology
  • geophysical survey
  • underwater archaeology

We have a purpose-built archaeology building, equipped with the latest science-based laboratories. Here, you'll gain hands-on experience with archaeological artefacts and materials, and receive the practical training needed for a career in archaeology.

You'll do at least 3 weeks' fieldwork as part of an active research project. This could include excavating archaeological sites, recording a standing building, geophysical surveys or collecting archaeological material from ploughed fields.

There are opportunities for further fieldwork and placements in the UK and abroad. Read more on our partner institutions page.

Career Opportunities

You'll graduate this archaeology MSci degree with the technical skills needed to develop a career in forensic or bio-archaeological studies, geophysical survey or underwater archaeology. You'll also have transferable skills such as communication, problem-solving, teamwork and project management, which will equip you for a wide range of careers outside of archaeology. Archaeology graduates move into industries, including:

  • professional archaeology
  • museums and the heritage sector
  • cartography and aerial photography
  • animation and virtual reality game design
  • the NHS
  • local government and planning
  • police and forensic services

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ancient and Medieval Worlds
  • Archaeological Methods for Fieldwork and Analysis
  • Debates and Issues in Archaeological Science
  • Emergence of Civilisation: domesticating ourselves and others
  • Human Origins
  • The development of Archaeological and Anthropological Though

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

One of the following:

  • A-levels: AAB to ABB including a science based subject
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: Pass, with 34 to 32 points overall with 17 to 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in a science based subject
  • BTEC: Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC Extended Diploma in a science based subject or Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus A to B in a science based A level. Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma in a science based subject plus A to B in an A level or Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus A to B in a science based A level. Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in a science based subject plus AA to AB in an A level or Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA to AB in a science based A level.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18520 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18520 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • EU Full-time: £18,520 per year

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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