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Medievel History & Archaeology MA Hons

University of St Andrews
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
St Andrews
05 September 2022

Program description

Medievel History & Archaeology MA Hons

The MA (Hons) in Medieval History & Archaeology blends aspects of archaeology and material culture with a wide variety of medieval historical issues and geographic locations to suit different interests, whether that be in early Islamic Iran, the Britons and Saxons, medieval political thought, or queenship.

This course is predominantly concerned with the culture and society of medieval Europe and the Middle East, rather than with archaeological science.

Admission requirements

These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.

  • SQA Highers
  • GCE A-Levels
  • IB points

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First Year

Students will take the following compulsory first-year modules:

  • The Fall of Rome and the Origins of Europe (400-1000)
  • Scotland and the English Empire 1070-1500

Second Year

Students take the following compulsory second-year module:

  • Medieval Europe (1000 – 1400)

You will also choose at least one from the following:

  • History as a Discipline: Development and Key Concepts
  • Introduction to Middle Eastern History
  • Mediterranean Communities
  • Scotland, Britain and Empire (c. 1500-2000)


If you choose to take Medieval History & Archaeology in your third and fourth years, you will take the following compulsory third-year modules:

  • Archaeological Methods
  • Principles and Techniques in Archaeology

You will then choose from a variety of advanced options which incorporate archaeology into the study of ancient and medieval civilisations and cultures, focusing on topics such as castles, cities and urbanisation, networks, ancient art and sculpture, and the Bronze Age civilisations of the Aegean.

Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:

  • Art of the Roman Empire
  • Early English Society, Southumbria c.600-850
  • From Pompeii to Aquileia: the Archaeology of Roman Italy (50 BCE – 300 CE)
  • In the Footsteps of the Ancients: Exploring the Archaeology and Topography of Greece
  • Legal Cultures in Late Antiquity
  • The Ancient City of Rome
  • The Roman Army.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

When not attending lectures and tutorials you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:

  • working on individual and group projects
  • undertaking research in the library
  • preparing coursework assignments and presentations
  • preparing for examinations.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit our website.

Career opportunities

Archaeology courses at St Andrews do not provide the full training in British archaeology appropriate for someone set on working in professional or commercial archaeology in the UK. Nevertheless, recent graduates have gone on to work as professional archaeologists while others have taken professional qualifications in museum studies.

Popular career areas for students who have taken Medieval History & Archaeology include:

  • academia
  • journalism
  • libraries and information
  • museums and galleries
  • publishing.

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