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V400 MA Rome and the Mediterranean (1 year)

PLEASE NOTE: This programme is suspended for academic year 2016/17.

Roman Archaeology has undergone a transformation in the last 20 years, taking theoretical concepts and methodological techniques from other archaeological periods and applying them to Roman material. Southampton has been at the forefront of this, and you will be encouraged to draw on the expertise of the discipline as whole, and its links with other parts of the University. The breadth of options available provides you with a unrivalled opportunity to build a degree which develops your own interests.

Introducing your course

The MA in Rome and the Mediterranean is a one year masters degree course that provides students with an in-depth study into the interpretation of archaeological evidence from the Roman Empire and its surrounding provinces. Such techniques will allow students to develop research and theories into what society, culture and life was like during one of the most important time periods in history. Roman archaeology has moved to the forefront of archaeological interest over recent years, with important discoveries challenging what we thought we knew about one of the most influential civilisations of all time.


This Masters course in Rome and the Mediterranean, focuses on the interpretation of archaeological findings from the roman empire, throughout Rome and it's surrounding Mediterranean settlements. You will acquire an understanding of recent and current theoretical developments as well as a familiarity with major sites and an ability to handle and identify certain categories of cultural material. There will be an opportunity to undertake some of the programme through a course at the British School at Rome; alternative modules are available in Southampton.
This programme is distinctive in exploiting the theoretical, thematic and methodological expertise of Archaeology at Southampton. An ideal choice for those who want to establish an exciting career in Roman archaeological research, heritage management, teaching and archaeological practice.

Key features

  • You will acquire an understanding of recent and current theoretical developments in the interpretation of the archaeological evidence, as well as a familiarity with major sites and an ability to handle and identify certain categories of material culture.
  • Through the range of options available, you will then have the opportunity to build up your knowledge of particular archaeological themes and approaches, applying them to specifically Roman material.
  • The structure of the course is flexible enough to provide you with a thorough grounding in the archaeology of Rome and its provinces, whilst allowing you to develop your own specialist interests in the subject
  • You can combine elements from other programmes such as ceramics and lithics, computing, osteology, and maritime to develop specific practical and research skills.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

To apply for a postgraduate course please visit the How to Apply page or click on the apply button below.

Application process and required supporting documents

  • University online application including a personal statement
  • Transcript
  • 2 references
  • English language (if relevant)

If you have a question or would like further information, contact our admissions team:
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8062

Programme Structure

This programme is divided into 180 credits. 120 credits are obtained from taught modules with the remaining 60 credits relating to the dissertation.

Key Facts

Duration: 1 year (full time); 2 years (part time)

Start date: October

Funding: AHRC Block Grant; Humanities studentships may be available

Closing date: 1st September

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International students

The Southampton pre-Masters can be taken if you have qualifications or grades that do not meet University of Southampton direct entry criteria but meet the minimum entry criteria for the pre-Masters further details). You will be guaranteed a place on your chosen masters degree programme subject to successfully completing the pre-Masters. Visit our pre-Masters Programme to find out more about these degree programmes.

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Why Southampton?

Southampton has long-standing expertise in Roman archaeology

We take a empire-wide perspective, with specialists on both eastern and western halves of the empire

Southampton has international specialists in Roman ceramics and Roman trade

Southampton is at the forefront of the application of social theory to the understanding of Roman imperialism and the emerging branches of Roman identity

We have links with heritage bodies and research projects both in the UK and abroad

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements


First- or upper second-class honours degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in Archaeology, Anthropology, or related subject

English Language

IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process

Intake: 8-15

Average applications per place: 3

Academic entry requirements: First or upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in archaeology, anthropology, history or a cognate discipline.

English language entry requirements:   IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process: Online application

Interview may be required on a case by case basis to assess suitability of course

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

Dissertation: a 25,000 word dissertation on a Roman topic of your choice.

Year 1

Subject to approval by the programme convenor, students with a strong interest in a particular research area may elect to take an Individually Negotiated Topic ARCH6123 in either semester 1 or semester 2 worth 15 credits, and/or ARCH6108 in semester 1 worth 30 credits.

Semester One

Students wishing to take a module outside of Archaeology must contact their MA Convenor in the first instance.

The Archaeology of Roman Imperialism
Maritime Aspects of Culture
Human Skeletal Studies
Social Archaeology
Materials, Technology and Social Life
Archaeological Ceramics and Stone
Contexts for Human Origins Research
Advanced GIS and Spatial Technologies for Archaeological Landscapes
Web Technologies and the Humanities
Semester Two

Students must take and pass the core module ARCH6104 in Semester 2

Students wishing to take a module outside of Archaeology must contact their MA Convenor in the first instance.

Archaeology Masters Dissertation
Applied Maritime Archaeology
Ancient Mediterranean Seafaring
Visualising Archaeology
The Analysis and Interpretation of Palaeolithic Stone Tools
Maritime Museums and Heritage Management
Osteoarchaeology & Palaeopathology in Context
3D Recording, Modelling and Interpretation
Jerusalem: City and Symbol
Maritime Connections of the Ancient Mediterranean
Rome and the Sea: ports, ships and Mediterranean connections

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour). Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. You will be given a printing allowance of £1 per 7.5 ECTS ARCH towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here: £0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory equipment and materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided.
FieldworkEquipment and materials: During your degree you are likely to go on a number of fieldtrips and to take part in fieldwork. The exact number and nature of these trips will depend on your module and fieldwork choices. However, wherever and whatever you do you are likely to need access to waterproofs, sturdy shoes or boots, a sun hat and a small rucksack. For some sites you may be asked to have steel toed boots. For those qualified to do so, you may become involved in diving projects. In these circumstances you would normally be required to bring/hire your own mask, fins, snorkel, knife, exposure suit and dive watch (and if possible, dive computer).
EquipmentIT: Computer discs or USB drives Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT: Software licenses All software is provided.
EquipmentIT: Hardware It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
ClothingLab coats and safety spectacles: One laboratory coat and a pair of safety spectacles are provided at the start of the programme to each student.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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