Understand and unlock past societies by examining their material culture. At St Andrews, you can explore a wide chronological and geographical area, from the Bronze Age to the medieval periods, and from the Mediterranean to Scotland.

Use the University’s own collections to examine material such as pottery and learn new techniques.

Modules and degrees involving archaeology at St Andrews lay the foundation for you to take a specialist position anywhere in the world, including in conservation studies, cultural heritage, museums, or teaching.

Archaeology students


Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

Archaeological research at St Andrews is distributed through several Schools and Departments, but most are interested with the culture and society of historical periods. The strength of archaeological-related research at St Andrews is in the areas of:

  • the archaeology of Greece
  • early medieval Scotland
  • medieval St Andrews
  • coastal archaeology
  • landscape archaeology
  • the Roman army
  • the city of Rome
  • Late Antique Mediterranean
  • museum studies.

To apply for a postgraduate research degree, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.


First in Scotland and third in the UK for classics and ancient history

Guardian University Guide 2023

First in Scotland and fourht in the UK for classics

The Complete University Guide 2023

80% of research activity rated 3* or 4*

Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)