University of Sheffield

Department of Archaeology

MSc Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy


The University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield, England S10 2TN

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Sc.-Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This program delivers both intensive training in environmental and economic archaeology (with the opportunity to specialise further in one branch of these related fields), and an understanding of how these skills and knowledge might be deployed to advance our understanding of the relationship between people and nature in the making of human history. Studies of contemporary ecology and economy are emphasised as a basis for investigating the past. The ability to reconstruct and understand past environments and economies is critical to both professional and academic archaeology. The program offers a range of closely integrated core modules, which enable you to develop your experience and understanding of the method and theory of environmental archaeology and palaeoeconomy. You will learn to think critically and we will train you in a range of problem solving and analytical skills. You will acquire advanced IT skills (including use of relevant software packages, such as, SPSS, CANOCO and TILIA), we will familiarise you with GIS, and you will develop a range of general research (group-based seminar work, practical work and independent research) and presentational skills that can be applied in a broad range of employment contexts.

Sheffield is the ideal place to pursue this program. The teaching staff are leading scholars in environmental and economic archaeology. Through their research and field projects they are active in the generation of new knowledge about humanity´s relationship with, and creation of, the natural world – knowledge that feeds directly into their teaching. As in all our programmes, we stress the integration of `humanities´ and `science-based´ approaches to produce a deeper understanding of past humanity, and throughout provide you with the opportunity to work between and across different viewpoints and approaches, and to make your own mind up about their strengths and weaknesses.


We are pleased to offer the Sheffield Scholarship 2016 to all US students commencing a Taught Masters programme in September 2016. The scholarships are: • £2,000 if your tuition fees are between £14,500 and £16,500 • £2,500 for each student paying fees of £16,501 and upwards We also offer scholarships of 50% of the course fee which will be offered on the basis of academic merit.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6 in each part), or TOEFL 600 (paper based) or TOEFL 250, TEOFL iBT 100, or equivalent.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 13990 GBP

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