This is the degree for you if you enjoyed studying the ancient world as an undergraduate and would now like to study its archaeology in greater depth and at a higher level, or if you want to develop and expand your existing expertise in archaeology.
Working with experts currently engaged in excavations from all regions and periods of antiquity, you will receive training in the theory and practice of archaeology and in the application of scientific and environmental methods.
You will also have the opportunity to work with our own collection of Greek and Roman artefacts housed in the Archaeology Museum. The Archaeology pathway provides an excellent foundation for further archaeological research in any period of antiquity such as: Minoan and Mycenaean palace societies, archaic and classical Greece, the Hellenistic age, Republican and Imperial Rome, Late Antiquity or Byzantium.
Masters Scholarships available for September 2021 Entry
From £1500 discounts for current students, £1500 scholarships for our very best candidates, to our College of Arts and Law Masters Fees Scholarship, there are lots of funding opportunities available to study with us in September 2021
Why study this course?
Established expertise - the University of Birmingham has a distinguished tradition of Classical scholarship going back more than a hundred years.
Flexibility - with such a range of expertise available, you will be supported to explore your specific interests, particularly through the dissertation.
Exceptional learning resources - you will have access to a range of learning resources including environmental and material culture teaching collections, the Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology Museum, and the Danford Collection of African art and artefacts.
Research strengths - Times Higher Education ranked us among the top five departments of Classics in the country for our performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise.
Be a part of an exciting department - you will join a lively postgraduate community with many opportunities to enhance your learning from events, research seminars and conferences.
This programme allows you to specialise but also encourages you to branch out into related disciplines and to consider interdisciplinary approaches.
You will study one core module and five optional modules (2 of which should relate to Archaeology), followed by a dissertation.
Research and Scholarship in Classics and Ancient History
This module ensures that students across the range of sub-disciplines in Classics and Ancient History acquire the necessary generic and specific skills needed for further research. These will include advanced bibliographic skills, familiarity with theoretical and critical approaches and schools of thought, technical skills such as techniques of epigraphy or numismatics where appropriate. Delivery will take place in seminar formats, with sub-disciplines offering different break-out sessions as needed.
Assessment: Two written assignments and a 10-minute presentation
You will also choose five optional modules, at least two of which should relate to Archaeology. Modules currently available which would be classified as Archaeology typically include:
Byzantine Archaeology and Material Culture
Greek Material Culture
Additional options may also be available in Classics and Ancient History, such as Numismatics for Research and in Museums.
You may also choose an optional module from outside of the department. Students wishing to take modules from outside the department should first gain the approval of the programme convenor.
Modules are typically assessed by written assignment, although the Research and Scholarship module also requires a presentation.
In addition to your taught modules, you will conduct a piece of independent research with the support of a supervisor, culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation.
Please note that the optional module information listed on the website for this programme is intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.
The deadline for international students (including EU) to apply is Thursday 1 July 2021. The deadline for UK students is Thursday 9 September 2021.
Our Standard Requirements
We normally require a 2:1 degree, or equivalent, in a discipline relevant to the selected pathway, such as Classics, Archaeology or History.
Academic requirements: We accept a range of qualifications from different countries - use our handy guide below to see what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements: standard language requirements apply for this course - IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band. If you are made an offer of a place to study and you do not meet the language requirement, you have the option to enrol on our English for Academic Purposes Presessional course - if you successfully complete the course, you will be able to fulfil the language requirement without retaking a language qualification.
IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to:
TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 21 Listening, 22 Speaking and 21 in Writing
Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic 59 in all four skills
Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced - Minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component
Your degree will provide excellent preparation for your future career, but this can also be enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University and the College of Arts and Law.
The University's Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team that offer tailored advice and a programme of College-specific careers events.
You will be encouraged to make the most of your postgraduate experience and will have the opportunity to:
Receive one-to-one careers advice, including guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique, whether you are looking for a career inside or outside of academia
Meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs and employer presentations
Attend an annual programme of careers fairs, skills workshops and conferences, including bespoke events for postgraduates in the College of Arts and Law
Take part in a range of activities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to potential employers and enhance your CV
What’s more, you will be able to access our full range of careers support for up to 2 years after graduation.
Postgraduate employability: Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
Birmingham's Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology graduates develop a broad range of transferable skills including familiarity with research methods; the ability to manage large quantities of information from diverse sources; the ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner; the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines; critical and analytical ability; the capacity for argument, debate and speculation; and the ability to base conclusions on statistical research.
Many of our postgraduates enter roles for which their programme has especially prepared them, such as a museum, heritage and archaeological posts. Elsewhere, a range of professions is undertaken by our graduates, including fundraising, publishing, teaching and accountancy. Over the past 5 years, 82% of Arts and Law postgraduates were in work and/or further study 6 months after graduation (DLHE 2012 - 2017).
Over the past five years, 91% of MA Antiquity postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation.