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  • Join a supportive, research-active department
  • Enhance your skills in research techniques from GIS to ceramic petrology
  • Develop your own research interests with full supervisory support 

Archaeology at Winchester offers an intensive research-training programme with a high level of supervisorial contact. This programme is ideal if you have a clear idea of an archaeological research topic which you may wish to follow to PhD, and need to prepare for this by acquiring new research skills or honing existing ones. It is also appropriate if you are already working in the archaeology, heritage or environment sector and wish to enhance your research experience in preparation for career progression. 

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. 

Staff at Winchester have the expertise to supervise projects on a wide range of themes and approaches, including geoarchaeology, geomatics, zooarchaeology and the archaeology of religion, death and gender. If your interests lie in researching a particular archaeological period, such as the palaeolithic, classical Greece, the medieval period or the Caribbean, we will facilitate and support your studies. 

Complete core modules in Research Methods and Skills, Analysing and Presenting Archaeological Data and Personal Research Methodology, and choose a further two options from a huge range including The Archaeology of Medieval Religion and Belief, Climate Change and People, Central Southern England in the Roman Period, and Mediterranean Landscape Studies. 

There’s a module that takes you through the process of producing a research paper to the expected academic standard. In your paper, you apply the research skills you’ve developed to produce a 20,000- to 25,000-word dissertation on your chosen topic, supervised by a member of staff with relevant research interests. 

MRes Archaeology is the ideal preparation for an MPhil or PhD or as a basis for a career in archaeology.


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.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.



Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Field trips

One optional module is a residential field trip for which accommodation and subsistence (but not travel) must be paid. Cost £80.

Learning and teaching

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

Start date: September

Teaching takes place: Daytime 

Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus (Winchester) or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester). 

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.


Our validated courses 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.

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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.


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 or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International students

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

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2018. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section. 

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Year 1 (Level 7)

Modules Credits

Dissertation 120

Students will pursue independent study and research, culminating in a dissertation of 25,000 words. This is the equivalent of four modules and will involve detailed input and support by a named supervisor appointed mid-way through Semester 1 as part of the RT 7122 monitoring and training process. 

Personal Research Methodology 20

This module provides a tailor-made training scheme for the student’s own personal research plan. Working closely with the student’s supervisor, the student will prepare an outline bibliography/literature review as part of the assessment and which will form the core of the final dissertation topic. This database of sources, which will be drawn from a variety of media, will be continually critiqued in tutorial situations, and guidance for improvement discussed. In addition, the student will keep a blog or diary (also assessed) within which their personal and academic development with regards to the personal research plan is discussed and critiqued.


Analysing and Presenting Archaeological Data 20

Analysing and Presenting Archaeological Data provides subject specific research training in statistical, interpretative, graphical and bibliographic methods. The module commences with an evaluation of typical archaeological datasets, how they are acquired and how they can be analysed. Methods of exploratory data analysis are then introduced (e.g, use of simple graphs in spreadsheet packages), before teaching moves on to examine statistical methods of data analysis. The latter commence with bivariate approaches such as the Student T test and Pearson's R correlation coefficients, and then moves on to examining the application of multivariate methods such as principle components and cluster analysis. The second part of the module examines different approaches to data interpretation, beginning with processual theory and then moving on to post-processual paradigms. The third part of the module considers the production of illustrations in an archaeological dissertation. It begins by examining the use of GIS to produce simple distribution and site location maps, later moving on to the production of technical drawings using vector image software, and finally to tidying drawings/images using image processing packages. The final part of the module considers the use of bibliographic management software to research archaeological problems/themes and to output correctly formatted citations and bibliographies.

Open source software packages (e.g. R, QGIS, Inkscape and Mendeley) are used wherever possible.


Research Methods and Skills 20

In addition to developing the particular knowledge relating to given field of investigation, postgraduate students need both to reflect on the nature of that discipline, to identify its place in the range of human areas of intellectual investigation, to identify particular methods and skills relevant to their disciple from a wide range of methods and skills, to develop those skills and to begin their implementation in a significant and agreed topic of research. Students also use information technology to create bibliographies, make appropriate use of online resources, and to access research materials; they explore appropriate modes of research‐topic identification, hypothesis formation, and methodology selection; they practice techniques for moving from note taking, and data‐collection to the outlining, sectioning, writing‐up and presentation of the research project materials.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

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

The Celts – 20 Credits
The Archaeology of Space and Place – 20 Credits
The Archaeology of Buildings – 20 Credits
Lower and Middle Palaeolithic of Western Eurasia – 20 Credits
Central Southern England in the Roman Period – 20 Credits
Mediterranean Landscape Studies – 20 Credits
Later Prehistoric Wessex – 20 Credits
The Archaeology of Winchester – 20 Credits
Church Archaeology – 20 Credits
Greek Art and Architecture – 20 Credits
Roman Art and Architecture – 20 Credits
Byzantium and Beyond – 20 Credits
The Archaeology of Africa – 20 Credits
Climate Change and People – 20 Credits
The Archaeology of North America AD1492-1776 – 20 Credits
Religion, Magic and Esoteric Traditions in Post-medieval Britain – 20 Credits
The Archaeology of Italy 800 BC-AD 500 – 20 Credits
Reception of the Classical World - Art and Architecture – 20 Credits
Caribbean Peoples and Cultures – 20 Credits
The Archaeology of Monasticism – 20 Credits
The Archaeology of Medieval Religion and Belief – 20 Credits
The Archaeology of Transcaucasia – 20 Credits
Concepts of Funerary Archaeology – 20 Credits
Funerary Studies – 20 Credits


Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £5,500
Part-time entry | £2,750 p/a

Total Cost | £5,500

International Students

Full-time entry | £12,950
Part-time entry | £6,475 p/a

Total Cost | £12,950


As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services. 

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course: 


  • 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. 


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


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Typical offer
Normally a first or higher second-class Honours degree
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester