The historic buildings, landscapes and material culture of York and northern England offer unrivalled opportunities to immerse yourself in the hands-on study of medieval archaeology.

One of the first universities in the country to specialise in medieval archaeology, the Department of Archaeology at York is well established as a leading authority on the subject. The specialisms of our staff cover the whole medieval period.

The course focuses on the archaeology of medieval Britain and Western Europe, considering buildings, landscapes and artefacts within a range of social, cultural and environmental contexts. It covers the period from the end of the Roman Empire to the Reformation, and explores themes such as settlement, trade and economy, religion, social structure, ethnicity and identity, conquest and cultural contact, and methodological and theoretical approaches.

Study Details:

1 year full-time, 2 or 3 years part-time

Module Details:

Core modules
The Viking Age: People, Places and Things (20 credits)
Medieval Settlement and Communities (20 credits)

Option modules
You will study two further 20-credit modules and four 5-credit ‘skills’ modules from our full range of options. Examples include:

Archaeology of Households (20 credits)
Debates in Funerary Archaeology (20 credits)
Death and Burial in the Age of the Vikings (20 credits)
Introduction to Ceramic Petrology
Material Culture Theory in Practice (5 credits)
Documents and Archives for Archaeologists (5 credits)

Student Destinations

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.

Some of the organisations our students now work for include:

Historic England
English Heritage
The National Trust
York Archaeological Trust
The Council for British Archaeology
Yorkshire Museums Trust
Portable Antiquities Scheme
British Museum
Church of England
Churches Conservation Trust
Jorvik Viking Centre


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Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent in a relevant subject such as Archaeology, Anthropology, Classics, History, Art History, Geography and Medieval/Renaissance Studies. We also consider applicants who have a 2:2 degree and relevant work experience.

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