Postgraduate study in archaeology

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World Archaeology. Made in Sheffield

For the archaeologist, Sheffield is the birthplace of the industrial revolution situated in a landscape of prehistory.

We are one of the largest archaeology departments in the UK and we play a leading role in the development of the subject as a modern discipline. We offer one of the widest ranges of taught masters courses and research degrees in the UK.

The study of archaeology offers the fullest and most challenging perspective on human history. Our philosophy is to develop archaeological research by drawing upon the integrated strengths of the humanities, and the natural and physical sciences in an interdisciplinary manner.

The highest standards - in a friendly community

At Sheffield you’ll discover a climate of academic excellence, innovative teaching, and world-class research. Ours is a truly international study environment, in the heart of one of the best student cities in the UK.

Our research programmes involve collaboration with colleagues in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, and they cover issues from human evolution, the origins of agriculture, the growth of empires, the European Reformation to the beginnings of industrialisation.

Research profile

Our research interests are extensive, ranging from the prehistoric to the post-medieval. We are involved in research projects throughout the UK, Europe and beyond, and offer teaching and research supervision in a broad range of archaeological subjects and methods.

The department was awarded a Grade 5A in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, and the University was given the highest rating for teaching in May 2004 in the Quality Assurance Agency's institutional assessment.

Graduate School

Our Graduate School’s outstanding reputation ensures that Sheffield frequently has visiting overseas staff and we welcome a significant number of overseas students each year.

It is home to around 150 graduate students who arrive with first degrees in a range of subjects: Archaeology, Classics, History, Geography, Geology, Materials Science, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics or Computer Science.

We currently have over 60 graduate students carrying out research for a PhD, whilst others are taking one of our Research Track Masters courses.

The department’s facilities include specialist laboratories.

Postgraduate community

Our departmental postgraduate community is lively and diverse. At our weekly research seminars staff, graduate students and visiting speakers present their research in a friendly and lively atmosphere.

Need to know more?

  • Come to one of our open days or visit afternoons and you'll get a great feel for the department, the University and the city. Tour our purpose-built research labs, chat to our staff and students, and find out about postgraduate funding.  

  • Our staff are active researchers exploring new areas, making advances in archaeology and adding to our knowledge about the past.

  • Through our field work activities you'll have the opportunity to gain practical experience and skills and, working with staff, students and members of the public, help discover and understand the past and retell forgotten stories.

  • Archaeology at Sheffield is a richly diverse study environment, drawing staff and students from a wide range of cultures and nationalities.

  • Our postgraduate programmes will equip you with the skills sought by a wide range of employers. Sheffield archaeology graduates go on to a variety of careers, both within and beyond the subject.

  • Study at Sheffield and you'll live in the UK's number one city for student life.

  • Find out more about why Sheffield is a great place to do postgraduate programmes.

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