MRes Archaeology

MRes Archaeology at Winchester offers an intensive research-training programme with a high level of supervisorial contact. It is suitable for those who have a clear idea of an archaeological research topic which they may wish to follow to PhD, but who need to acquire new research skills or hone existing ones. This programme is also suitable for those working in the archaeology, heritage or environment sector wishing to enhance their research experience.

MRes Archaeology at University of Winchester

Entry requirements

Normally a first or higher second-class Honours degree in archaeology or a related discipline. Applicants with experience of working in the real world and lacking a degree are encouraged to apply if they have worked in archaeology (e.g. for a commercial unit or curatorial body) or can demonstrate an active interest (e.g. by virtue of being a member of a national or regional archaeology society and having extensive volunteering experience on archaeological field projects/in museum etc.). 

If English is not your first language: 

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Degree duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Start date: September

Teaching takes place: Daytime

Please note the Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate exit qualifications have a different title to reflect the research element: PgDip Archaeological Research and PgCert Archaeological Research.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

September 2017 Entry Full-time | £5,000
September 2017 Entry Part-time | £2,500 p/a

Total Cost | £5,000

International Students 

September 2017  Entry Full-time | £11,200
September 2017  Entry Part-time | £5,600 p/a

Total Cost | £11,200

Additional Costs 


  • Printing: Printing and binding of dissertation (all other assignments are electronic submissions). Cost £20. 


  • Core texts: The number of core texts required will depend upon which module options are selected. Multiple copies of each are held (and sometimes ebooks). However, students may wish to purchase their own copies.Cost £20-£50. 
  • Field trips: One optional module is a residential field trip for which accommodation and subsistence (but not travel) must be paid. Cost £80. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

The course examines approaches and methodologies, theoretical underpinnings and practical applications in archaeological research, and some modules focus on the archaeology of a chosen period, theme or specialism.
The programme is especially suitable for students who wish to research particular archaeological period such as:

  • The Palaeolithic
  • Classical Greece
  • The Roman Period
  • The Post-Medieval Period in Europe
  • North America and the Caribbean
  • Africa

Departmental staff also have the expertise to supervise projects on the following themes and approaches:

  • Geoarchaeology
  • Geomatics
  • Remote Sensing
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Fieldwork Practice (Excavation and Survey)
  • Archaeology of Religion, Death and Gender
  • Maritime Archaeology 

Topics researched by students have examined archaeological periods from the Palaeolithic to the nineteenth century, geographic areas from the New Forest to Barbados (by way of Egypt), and employed techniques from GIS to ceramic petrology.

Core modules:

  • Research Methods and Skills
  • Analysing and Presenting Archaeological Data
  • Personal Research Methodology
  • Dissertation

 Two Special and/or Applied Studies modules from a choice of:

  • The Celts
  • The Archaeology of Space and Place
  • The Archaeology of Buildings
  • Lower and Middle Palaeolithic of Western Eurasia
  • Central Southern England in the Roman Period
  • Mediterranean Landscape Studies
  • Later Prehistoric Wessex
  • The Archaeology of Winchester
  • Church Archaeology
  • Greek Art and Architecture
  • Roman Art and Architecture
  • Byzantium and Beyond
  • The Archaeology of Africa
  • Climate Change and People
  • The Archaeology of North America AD1492-1776
  • Religion, Magic and Esoteric Traditions in Post-medieval Britain
  • The Archaeology of Italy 800 BC-AD 500
  • Reception of the Classical World - Art and Architecture
  • Caribbean Peoples and Cultures
  • The Archaeology of Monasticism
  • The Archaeology of Medieval Religion and Belief
  • The Archaeology of Transcaucasia
  • Concepts of Funerary Archaeology
  • Funerary Studies

Modes of teaching include lectures, presentations, seminars and workshops. Attendance at departmental/research centre seminars enables students to share their experiences.

Programme Leader

Assessment is by means of a series of essays, reports and a blog/diary. One module takes the student through the process of producing an academic standard research paper. Students apply the research skills developed in the production of a substantive piece of research of 20,000-25,000 words on a topic of their choice, supervised by a member of staff with relevant research interests.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

MRes Archaeology acts as a preparation for undertaking an MPhil or PhD or as a basis for an advanced career within archaeology or a related discipline.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2017. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information click here.

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