- Our collaborative programme, led by our departments of Archaeology and Classics and Ancient History, gives you advanced grounding in the main themes and methods in Roman Archaeology
- Balancing core elements that bring together theoretical sophistication with the latest digital methodologies
- Tailor your learning through modules which suit your requirements and aspirations
- Our location is surrounded by sites of archaeological interest and you may have opportunities for international fieldwork
Top 100 in world subject rankings for Archaeology
QS World University Subject Rankings 2023
Top 10 in the UK for Archaeology
7th in the Complete University Guide 2024, 9th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
4th in the UK for internationally excellent Archaeology research
Research Excellence Framework 2021
We are looking for graduates with a 2:1 or above in their first degree in archaeology, history, ancient history, classics, anthropology, biology, geography, geology, chemistry, heritage, or similar.
While we normally only accept applicants who meet these criteria, if you have a high 2:2 or equivalent, or are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.
You are welcome to make informal approaches to the Programme Director (see above) for advice in advance of your formal application.
Entry requirements for international students
English language requirements
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.
The MA in Roman Archaeology programme is a one year full-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework level 7. The programme can also be studied part time. The programme includes 120 compulsory credits, including 30 credits of general archaeology modules (Research Design and Themes in Archaeological Theory and Practice), 30 credits of specialist modules and 60 credits of Dissertation. You must also choose 60 credits of optional modules from those available from the Masters Programmes within the Department of Archaeology or the Department of Classics and Ancient History.
After successful completion of 60 Masters Level credits, you are eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate in Roman Archaeology. After successful completion of 120 Masters Level credits, you are eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma in Roman Archaeology.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
UK fees per year:
£12,000 full-time; £6,000 part-time
International fees per year:
£24,300 full-time; £12,150 part-time
We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have Global Excellence Scholarships available for international fee paying students applying for January 2024 entry and September 2024 entry.* For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.
*Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details of eligible programmes and candidates. Awards may vary from year to year.
Teaching and research
Learning and teaching
Most of the formal classes that you attend will be based on a mixture of lectures, seminars, and workshops. The precise mix will vary between modules. These aim to outline the principal issues of the module, to explore some detailed issues, and, where relevant, to give you experience of working with a particular technique or data set.
Through a range of optional modules you will learn and understand advanced techniques for methodological study in modern archaeology applied to the Roman World, appreciate their major advantages and disadvantages, understand the main strands of current thinking in Roman archaeological method and theory and demonstrate an advanced understanding of specific areas and assemblages from the Roman Empire.
You will have a wider choice in the acquisition of practical skills in collecting and analysing relevant evidence in the field, laboratory, archives and libraries both formally in the class room and informally through fieldwork and/or access to other facilities.
The assessment of these skills is through a combination of essays, other written reports/projects, oral presentations, visual presentations, and you will be given an opportunity to develop your own study skills through a piece of individual research, a dissertation.
This MA course draws directly on the internationally-recognised research and teaching expertise located in the Departments of Archaeology and Classics & Ancient History. In particular, it builds on the recent success of the vibrant cross-departmental Centre for Connectivity in the Roman World, which has a strong archaeological emphasis in its research activity, as well as drawing upon recent developments in Digital Humanities.
The research culture in the Departments of Archaeology and Classics & Ancient History at Exeter is characterised by world-leading and internationally excellent research projects and publications in a wide range of sub-disciplinary fields. Interdisciplinary work is an increasingly important part of funded research and we regularly work with colleagues from across the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and the wider University.
You will be also welcome to join our Centre for Hellenistic and Romano-Greek Culture and Society, where academic staff and Postgraduate students work together to develop cutting-edge research in this area.
Dr. Ioana Oltean specialises in the archaeology of the Roman Empire, particularly in its European provinces, and in aerial archaeology.
She is interested in the reconstruction of ancient landscapes, the analysis of settlement pattern evolution and in social changes from the Late Iron Age to the Roman period in the Lower Danube area and in Britain, in order to quantify the nature and extent of their change through Roman imperialist expansion. She has been involved since 1998 in establishing aerial reconnaissance as a standard method of archaeological prospection in Romania (browse online photo archive).
Dr. Ioana Oltean
As a member and key part of our Postgraduate community you will have full access to the exceptional, modern facilities available in the Archaeology Department. We have dedicated Experimental Archaeology laboratories and workshop spaces. We have a clean lab with fume cupboards for chemical work, wet labs for sample processing, a kiln room and a microscope room equipped with high specification microscopes and image processing facilities.
We have a landscape archaeology project office with a giant scanner for maps and plans, market-leading software for processing and mapping aerial photographs and satellite imagery, and we have state of the art surveying equipment which includes resistivity equipment, magnetometers, differential and hand-held GPS, and a total station theodolite; a drone can also be provided by the Digital Humanities team.
On top of all that, we also have extensive reference collections of artefacts.
You will also have access to the wider resources of the University too, including the Library and Special Collections.
We have also invested £1.2 million into Digital Humanities to create a new lab and research space for the examination and preservation of important historical, literary and visual artefacts. The lab will allow you to use high-tech equipment to find out more about our cultural heritage, examine items in greater detail and share discoveries with the public. For more information visit our Digital Humanities Lab page.
Our programme develops your specific competences and research skills required in Roman Archaeology at an advanced level through extensive engagement with primary evidence. You will also acquire advanced competence in core academic, personal and key skills, to provide a solid basis for career progression in the academic world of doctoral research or for a specialist career.
Of course doctoral study is not the only option available to you, you will graduate with a full range of skills that will make you competitive in the job market. You will be encouraged to become a productive, useful and questioning member of society.
You will be well placed to go onto work in either Archaeology or the wider Heritage Sector.
While studying at Exeter you can also access a range of activities, advice and practical help to give you the best chance of following your chosen career path. For more information visit our Careers pages.