M.A. Social Archaeology

University of Southampton

Application deadline: September
Tuition fee:
  • € 7,300 / Year (EEA)
  • € 15,160 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
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Intensity: Flexible
Duration part-time: 24 months
Part-time variant: Flexible

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Within the programme you can develop your own interests in the archaeology of any period or region. You will have the opportunity to explore current themes in social archaeology while fostering and deepening your regional and period based specialisms. The range and flexibility of this programme combine with the exceptional breadth of staff expertise to make Southampton’s MA Social Archaeology unique among programmes currently offered in the UK and abroad, and will attract a dynamic mix of international students.

A postgraduate degree from Humanities at Southampton offers you the wide and varied learning experience you should expect from a leading research university. We are committed to providing a relevant, modern and above all enjoyable experience which will ensure you graduate with the additional skills and understanding you need to start a career in any number of areas or to go on to further research.

How will you learn?
  • On a postgraduate taught programme teaching is led by academic staff, allowing you to engage with, and contribute to, the world-leading research carried out in Humanities at Southampton. You will complete a core programme of research skills development in tandem with a series of modules which you select according to your personal aims and objectives. Each programme offers a wide and fascinating range of modules related to our specialisms led by academics who are experts in their chosen fields of research and who wish to engage you with their experience.
  • A range of student-centred teaching and learning activities including lectures, seminars, classes, as appropriate, will introduce you to the material and approaches relevant to this module. However, development of these intellectual skills will primarily take place during seminars, presentations and group work, in the course of independent study. You will find yourself challenged intellectually and exposed to new ideas, approaches and perspectives.
  • The assessments employed in each module are tailored to the specific learning outcomes of individual modules. However, they include essays, portfolios, seminars, presentations, and projects. You will also manage a large independent research project: the masters dissertation. The dissertation is a core element in establishing the acquisition of appropriate skills and the application of research techniques. Your supervisor will be available to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress.
Professional development
  • A masters degree will enable you to further develop the key skills employers seek such as: time management; problem solving; team work; deadline and project management; cultural awareness; working independently; using your initiative; relationship-building; critical thinking and research analysis. Above all, you will learn to communicate your ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences.


The programme comprises six taught modules as well as a dissertation. Full-time students will take all taught modules during two semesters and complete their dissertation by the following September. Part-time students will take taught modules during four semesters, and complete their dissertation by the September of year two.

Year 1
  • Subject to approval by the programme convenor, students with a strong interest in a particular research area may elect to take an Individually Negotiated Topic ARCH6123 in either semester 1 or semester 2 worth 15 credits, and/or ARCH6108 in semester 1 worth 30 credits.Students may consider taking a 'free elective' in both S1 and S2 - they should contact the MA Convenor if they wish to take a non-Archaeology option.
Semester One
  • Archaeology Masters Dissertation Preparation
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Materials, Technology and Social Life
  • Maritime Aspects of Culture
  • Human Skeletal Studies
  • Advanced GIS and Spatial Technologies for Archaeological Landscapes
  • The Analysis and Interpretation of Palaeolithic Stone Tools
  • Bioarchaeology of Human Remains
  • Analysis of archaeological faunal remains
  • GIS and Spatial Technologies for Archaeology
  • Archaeologies of the Senses
  • Web Technologies and the Humanities
  • Social Archaeology
Semester Two
  • Archaeology Masters Dissertation Preparation
  • Osteoarchaeology & Palaeopathology in Context
  • Materials, Technology and Social Life
  • 3D Recording, Modelling and Interpretation
  • Applied Maritime Archaeology
  • Maritime Museums and Heritage Management
  • Contexts for Human Origins Research
  • Ancient Mediterranean Seafaring
  • Archaeology Masters Dissertation


Typical entry requirements
  • First- or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in Archeaology, Anthropology, History, or related subject
English Language
  • IELTS 6.5, or equivalent in other approved English language test.
Selection process:
  • Intake: 8-15
  • Average applicants per place: 3
  • University application with transcripts and a sample of written work.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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