What will I learn?


This new MA in Archaeology and Identity at the University of Bradford combines theoretical archaeological interpretation with cutting-edge scientific archaeology.

Drawing on the skeletal collections and world-leading expertise at the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences, the MA explores social interpretation of remains.

Learners will have opportunities to explore a range of archaeological periods and regions, as well as focusing on evidence from mortuary archaeology. Modules will also enable the study of artefacts, exploring biographies of objects along with material properties.

The programme will equip you to critically-engage with a diverse range of material, as well as explore the sociopolicitical contexts of interpretations of the past and the role of the past in the present.

What you will study

The programme comprises period and theme modules with content based on key research areas in the School, from the Palaeolithic to Contemporary World, underpinned by in-depth considerations of theoretical issues and the socio-political contexts of archaeology (Advanced Theoretical Archaeology), complemented by exploring the meaning of burial evidence through time (Grave Concerns).

Two new modules explore concepts of identity (Multi-disciplinary approaches to Identity) and the interpretation of skeletal remains (Analysis of Human Remains), drawing on the University of Bradford’s world-leading research and resources in this area.

A module on Professional Development prepares students for their research project and professional skills, including planning of research, research design, research ethics, time keeping, ethics, and health and safety.

It is expected that students who successfully complete the entire programme will be fully prepared to undertake research at MPhil or PhD level.

Learning and assessment

Teaching and learning is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminar and field trips.

Assessment varies by module, ranging from essays and presentations to blogs and reflective diaries. Students will also achieve PgDip and PgCert awards.

Career prospects

Our graduates go on to fill top jobs in archaeology, as well as entering in to a whole range of other positions, utilising their transferable skills.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£20,885.00 (US$ 28,745) per year
PGDip - International: £20,118

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Bradford

Richmond Road,


BD7 1DP, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For first class degree classification students need to have bachelors degree with grade value of 3.5/4.0; For 2:1 degree classification students need to have grade average value of 3.0/4.0 and for 2:2 degree classification students need to have grade average value of 2.5/4.0 are considered. You will need to achieve an Overall Band score of at least 6.0*, with at least 5.0 in each of the four sub-tests (speaking, listening, reading, writing) or 5.5 in each of the sub-tests if you require a Tier 4 visa.

For international students

Students need to have: A first degree in Archaeology (or another relevant or related discipline) 2:2 or above; Other relevant qualifications will be considered; For North American students a GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 is required, or an equivalent. If English is not your first language you must have IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent, with no less than 5.5 in each sub test. Students need to have an overall TOEFL score of at least 80, and sub-tests not less than 18 in Reading, 17 in Writing, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Bradford

All students become part of Team Bradford, which transforms the university experience into something more than just working towards a degree.

  • GBP 120 million campus development
  • Guaranteed accommodation in first year
  • New scholarships for international students
  • Opportunities with industry partners such as the BBC