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Archaeology MRes

The Master of Research in Archaeology is an advanced postgraduate degree which can either be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as progression route into doctoral research.

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The Programme aims to prepare students:

  • for doctoral level study

  • to engage in a career in archaeological research in a HE or industrial context

  • to meet the global need for highly trained individuals who can make informed decisions on future research directions

  • to think for themselves in the development of a critical approach to the analysis of data and interpretation of published research.

Our MRes in Archaeology programme offers you:

  • Academic rigour: Gain a deeper understanding of your chosen subject area with a challenging combination of taught modules, research training and supervised research.

  • Wide variety of research interests: We have a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of both the taught and research element of your programme.

  • Excellent supervision: Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.

  • Resources: Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities. The Institute of Science and the Environment has a number of laboratories and other specialist facilities available for the delivery of your course. In addition to the large laboratory in the Darwin building, there are five other laboratories. The National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit (NPARU) also has several laboratories where molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, forensic science and product testing have been carried out.

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Entry qualifications

Applicants are expected to have a First or Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline or have appropriate research or professional experience which has resulted in appropriate evidence of achievement. For example experience in a research environment such as private research and development or public research laboratories.

International applicants will also be required to demonstrate that they have the appropriate level of written and spoken English (normally IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6 in written English). Entry qualifications for international students are guided by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre’s (NARIC) advice on international qualifications.

Apply for September 2018 enrolment

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For more information about the programme, please email

All applicants must apply online at least 8 weeks before the start of the Semester (September or January, please contact the Research School for more information).

All applications are passed to the relevant course leader for consideration. If the application has potential, an interview is scheduled by a panel comprising at least two members of academic staff.

An offer of a place on the MRes will be made when the following conditions are satisfied:

  • Applicant meets the specified entry requirements
  • The Institute has the supervisory capacity and expertise to support the research project outlined in the application form
  • The proposal outlined has the potential to become a viable research project at Masters level.


The current fees can be found on the University website. There will be a discount in fees for continuing University of Worcester students.

Course content

Module summary

Processes and Skills, Management and Methods

This module is aimed at providing research students with the generic skills they will need to progress with and to complete their research degree. The module focuses on providing students with the skills to plan and manage their research project, to collect and manage their research data and to structure and write their thesis.

Research Methods in Archaeology

The aim of this module is to provide the student with a framework by which a complete research project (Thesis) may be conceived, proposed, conducted, completed and presented. Linking appropriate research design, methodology and techniques are fundamental to a successful research project. This advanced research methods module will provide students with the opportunity to critically develop a Thesis project within current best practice. Finally, upon completing this module, and successfully completing the dissertation, the student will have acquired generic, transferable and subject specific skills.

Research Thesis Preparation

This module prepares students for their specific MRes Research Thesis by the production of a PDP and training needs analysis in consultation with the research supervisor. A programme of student development and outcomes will be agreed during the module.

Course content

The MRes in Archaeology commences with a taught programme. You will be expected to take and pass three taught modules (below) before proceeding to the research stage of your programme which will culminate in the production of a thesis that will be examined by viva.

The Institute of Science and Environment’s educational and research expertise within Archaeology encompass a range of topics including:

  • British Landscape and Settlement studies, from Mesolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman periods
  • British prehistoric craft production
  • Later prehistoric Italian craft production
  • Technological change and innovation, from prehistory through to Industrial Archaeology
  • Prehistoric Artefact Studies
  • Monuments in the Landscape
  • Prehistoric Cave Use
  • Urban Heritage Marketing
  • Urban Morphology
  • Urban Images
  • Tourism and Heritage

Meet the team

Staff and their research interests

All members of the Course Team have wide-ranging experience and interests in Britain’s archaeology and heritage:

Dr Helen Loney – Research and teaching interests in Memory and Landscape, Upland prehistoric and Roman period British landscapes, motor memory and development of ancient technology, Punic period pottery production in western Sardinia.

Dr Heather Barrett - Specialist research interest in the management of urban conservation areas in Britain. Further research and teaching interests in urban heritage marketing, urban morphology and urban images.

Dr Andrew Hoaen - Research and teaching interests in archaeopalynology, landscape investigation and field techniques.

Dr Jodie Lewis – Research and teaching interests in British Prehistory (Mesolithic-Bronze Age), Landscape Archaeology, archaeological theory, artefact studies and field techniques.

Dr Derek McDougall – Teaching and research interests in glacial geomorphology, mountain environments and Quaternary Britain. Curriculum Leader for Archaeology and Landscape Studies.

Dr David Mullin – Research and teaching interests in archaeological theory, border studies, the Neolithic and Bronze Age, particularly in western Britain, British prehistoric ceramics and field techniques.

Dr David Storey – Research interests in Heritage, Tourism and Place Promotion.

Dr Bob Ruffle – Research interests in post medieval pottery production and use in Worcestershire.

Dr Fleur Visser - Specialist research interest in flooding and river processes, remote sensing and GIS.