Archaeology, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #159 (WUR) ,
This is for you if... you want to deepen your understanding of civilisations and societies of the past and engage more critically with current archaeological debates and issues.


This degree will provide you with a strong foundation in the more advanced theory and methods as well as period-based and thematic specialisms. You may also acquire more practical skills in areas of archaeological science, as well as those necessary for independent research in archaeology.

You will have the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the potential and limitations of different forms of archaeological evidence. You will deepen your understanding of the themes and periods of the past and engage more critically with current archaeological issues and debates. Teaching will combine seminars, presentations and projects and well as lectures, encouraging you to play an active role in your learning and developing your skills for independent study. You will be assessed through various forms of coursework and a dissertation. During your time here, you will have access to more one-to-one contact with staff than you would have had at undergraduate level and you are encouraged to actively participate in and contribute to our vibrant graduate community.

This Masters degree develops your research and analytical skills, providing you with an excellent foundation for further study or career progression. There is also the option of doing an extended dissertation, giving you more research experience if you are considering going on to undertake PhD research.

We have internationally recognised strengths in research and teaching in all fields of archaeology, with research strengths in prehistory, Classical/Roman studies, medieval as well as historical archaeology, and the theory and practice of landscape archaeology.

Programme Structure

Core module: Theory and Practice in Archaeology

This module explores advanced theoretical issues in archaeology through close consideration of illustrative case studies involving the analysis and interpretation of archaeological materials. You will be challenged to embrace critically the embedded nature of theory and practice in archaeology, and to assess the connections between particular archaeological paradigms and methodological approaches to the analysis and interrogation of archaeological evidence.

Plus your Dissertation (MA only)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

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Admission Requirements:

  • Normally a 2:1 degree in Archaeology, Ancient History, Classical Studies, Anthropology or similar subject.
  • Professional archaeological experience will also be considered.
  • If you have a 2:1 in a different subject area we may ask you to take some of our undergraduate modules as a ‘bridging’ course.

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Tuition Fee

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    15405 GBP/year
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    7835 GBP/year
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Living costs for Leicester

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
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