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Medieval Archaeology MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Archaeology Of Specific Periods / Ages

Course type


Course Summary

The buildings, material culture and landscapes of York and the north of England offer unrivalled opportunities to study and research medieval archaeology. The course focuses on the artefacts, landscapes and buildings, social, cultural and environmental contexts of medieval Britain and Western Europe. It covers the period from the end of the Roman Empire to the Reformation, and explores themes such settlement, trade and economy, religion, buildings and artefacts, social structure, ethnicity and identity, conquest and cultural contact, and methodological and theoretical approaches. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and fieldwork. You will be assessed by a variety of methods. Depending on which modules you opt to take, these could include: Essays; Oral presentations; Report writing; Dissertation; Or alternative assessment methods such as film-making, blogging or posters. The course provides a solid foundation for a wide range of careers and further studies. Our students have gone on to research degrees, academic or teaching careers, museum positions and archaeology posts at local councils, regional authorities, field units, and heritage bodies such as English Heritage and the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Different course options

Full time | University of York | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module aims to develop an understanding of the wide range of settlements, habitations and environments apparent in the archaeological data for the late medieval period; to tackle some of the main interpretative debates within the subject area, which encompass a diversity of theoretical perspectives; to highlight the relationship between subsurface archaeology, landscape.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants need to good honours degree (upper second or first class) in a relevant subject, or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution. Relevant subjects include archaeology, anthropology, Classics, history, art history, geography and medieval/Renaissance studies. From North American universities, we generally ask for a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Applicants who don’t have conventional qualifications, but do have appropriate, relevant experience are encouraged to apply.