Postgraduate study
Individual study pathways will be created based on your interests and your chosen area of research specialism.
MRes Archaeology
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) preferably in archaeology. Students with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis.
7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element). If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£4,350 - Terms apply
International fees
£17,550 - Terms apply
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The Department of Classics and Archaeology welcomes applications from students who wish to pursue an MRes degree in archaeology. The MRes offers research general training and skills for those intending to pursue careers in which an understanding of research methods will be useful. You will further your own intellectual development and enhance your independent research skills by completing a major research project. The degree is ideal preparation for students who possess a sound understanding of the subject and who wish to undertake a PhD in Archaeology. In this sense, an MRes, as a substantial piece of original academic work, might well prove to be a decisive advantage when seeking future funding for doctoral study. 

Students will take 60 credits of taught modules, including one or two focussed on research skills and methodologies. The dissertation of 25,000 words counts for 120 credits. 

We have specialists working in Old-World Prehistory, the ancient Mediterranean and the Roman world, and Medieval and Post-Medieval Europe, as well as internationally renowned expertise in bioarchaeology and archaeological materials, and underwater archaeology. You can follow a specialist pathway focusing on a specific period or region, or practical training in archaeological methods, and will undertake independent research supervised by a main supervisor and a co-supervisor on a pre-agreed research topic. 

Visit the department website to explore the department's research and teaching profile. 

Key facts

  • The department offers excellent  facilities for teaching and research, including six research laboratories for bioarchaeology, archaeological materials, and imaging, four research centres, and strong links with the University of Nottingham Museum and the British Geological Survey.
  • This course is taught within a thriving department that attracts academic and research staff from around the world, and which has a friendly and vibrant atmosphere. 96% of our archaeology research is of international standard and Classics ranked joint 4th for world-leading research*.
  • We have an excellent track recording in helping our postgraduate students secure competitive funding for their studies. 

*Research Excellence Framework 2014.


Full course details

The Department of Classics and Archaeology is located near the West Entrance of the University Park Campus in the Humanities Building. This is where you will find our staff offices, teaching rooms, a computer suite and a dedicated postgraduate research student desk space. The Humanities Building is close to the Sports Centre and only a few minutes’ walk from the Hallward Library (dedicated to the Arts Faculty), and from the coffee bars, cafés and shops in the Portland Building.

The free University shuttle bus service stops just in front of our building and goes around the University Park campus and to Kings Meadow and Jubilee Park campuses. This service runs every 15 minutes during term time.

Research Facilities

The Department of Classics and Archaeology has an impressive suite of dedicated research and teaching facilities available for postgraduates to use, housed within the School of Humanities. Research students have access to six research laboratories for bioarchaeology, archaeological materials, and imaging, and are welcome to join our research centres (Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception, Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies, Underwater Archaeology Research Centre). The University of Nottingham Museum has a collection of archaeological artefacts from Nottinghamshire and the wider East Midlands (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire), Numismatic Collections and a small collection of material from other countries including Early Iron Age brooches and an Etruscan urn from Italy, pottery from Cyprus, jewellery and pottery from Egypt and Greek and Roman coins. 

The Department of Classics and Archaeology run weekly research seminars and workshops in both disciplines. These research seminars and workshops offer the chance to hear visiting scholars from elsewhere in the UK and from overseas as well as opportunities for staff and postgraduates to present research in progress in a friendly and constructive environment. These occasions also allow postgraduate students to broaden their knowledge of the subject and gain a better sense of how research develops as part of an interactive process. Our research students also run their own Oistroi seminar series, and participate in the Classics and Archaeology, which is organised annually by our MRes and Yr1 PhD students. 

The Humanities building also houses the Departments of Philosophy and of Theology and Religious Studies and is located just opposite the Lenton Grove Building, which houses the Department of History, providing excellent opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaboration for staff and students. 

Nottingham is an ideal centre for research, with excellent world-leading research facilities of its own, and an ideal central position, which enables research postgraduates to access additional library and archival resources in other Higher Education Institutions and major academic libraries. The University’s Manuscripts & Special Collections  are situated at Kings Meadow campus and have won recognition for their national and international importance. For further information on primary resources available, see our Research webpage.

IT and Study Facilities

Research students are offered shared office space in the Humanities Building with access to computers and free-of-charge (for reasonable usage) printing/scanning facilities, and a personal locker. These facilities are accessible 24 hours a day. The University also provides its students with access to general IT facilities through a number of Computer Rooms spread across its campuses. Postgraduates have access to the Digital Transformations Hub within the Humanities Building, which offers key resources, expertise and support in using digital methods for learning, teaching and research in the field. This is of particular relevance for those postgraduate students engaged in research relating to visual and material culture. The University's Social Sciences and Arts Graduate School also offers postgraduate students working space, and facilities for relaxing and socialising.The Department is just 10 minutes’ walk from the Hallward Library, which is situated in the centre of the University campus and is dedicated to the Arts Faculty. Inter-Library Loan vouchers up to a specified value per annum are also available to research students. 



A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. Academic Support, within Student Services, provides support with a range of study and academic writing issues at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Students' Union are a particularly important source of support.

Research Training

Supervisors will discuss training needs with each MRes student at the start of their studies and draw up a programme of individually tailored training, which will be reviewed and revised when necessary during their research degree. The University of Nottingham's Graduate School's Research Training Programme offers a broad and comprehensive range of research training courses from 'Using Archives in Your Research', to 'Pathways into Publishing'. The Graduate School also runs training targeted specifically at Faculty of Arts students and the Arts Graduate Centre coordinates training and events that are relevant and useful to research postgraduates in History. The Language Centre provides teaching in free-standing inter-faculty modules of Arabic, French, German, Slovene, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish, all from beginners level.

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. Also, contact the department’s Postgraduate Admissions Officer Dr Tiziana D’Angelo, as she may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to identify a suitable principal supervisor and find funding opportunities in your research area. Details of research supervisors can be found on the department website.

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

UK/EU Students

We recognise that this is one of the most crucial factors in your decision to pursue postgraduate research, and in choosing the right place to study. At the same time, we recognise that it can be difficult to navigate your way through all the different funding opportunities for postgraduate study. We are committed to helping all current and potential postgraduate students to find sources of funding to enable them to study at Nottingham.

The Department of Classics and Archaeology and the University of Nottingham will offer some highly competitive scholarships and part-funded scholarships for UK, EU and International students entering in the 2019/20 session.

Please see further details on the funding opportunities, application procedures and deadlines.

Further details on University funding opportunities can be found on the Graduate School website.

We encourage potential applicants to explore all funding possibilities. Informal enquiries concerning all funding opportunities may be addressed to the Postgraduate Admissions Officer Dr Tiziana D’Angelo

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.


Careers and professional development

MRes Archaeology is ideal preparation for a research career in Archaeology, following the suggested model of one year research training plus 3-year PhD favoured by the AHRC.

For more information, please visit the postgraduate archaeology courses and research opportunities  page

Archaeology graduates pursue a wide variety of careers, ranging from law and business, to teaching and publishing. During your degree, alongside your academic knowledge, you will develop many transferable skills that are sought after by employers. Please see  career opportunities for more information.

Average starting salary and career progression

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers.*

In 2016, 96% of postgraduates from the School of Humanities who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,370 with the highest being £30,000.**

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.  
** Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from  careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  


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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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