University of Southampton
Archaeology (Paleoanthropology) MSc
University of Southampton

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in Archaeology

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Archaeology at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20000 £18500 £23500
25-75 percentile range £17000 - £22500 £15500 - £23000 £20000 - £28500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Archaeology

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20500 £19964 £23779
25-75 percentile range £18000 - £23000 £15082 - £25373 £18288 - £30854

Course Description

Explore the evolution, biology and behaviour of humankind through the study of our Stone Age ancestors. With this specialist master’s in palaeoanthropology you’ll gain expertise in the analysis of stone tools and hominin skulls to understand our evolutionary journey. You’ll work closely with experts in our Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins (CAHO) and benefit from opportunities to apply your learning in real-world settings.

Your specialist palaeoanthropology learning will cover: handling and interpreting stone tools; the role of evolutionary models, experimental testing, primatological data and ethnographies in the study of human origins; developing methods to interrogate meaning from collections of stone tools; using SPSS statistical analysis software; Palaeolithic symbolism and language, migration and responses to environmental change.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Archaeology (Paleoanthropology) MSc at University of Southampton

30% Natural and social science professionals
15% Administrative occupations
15% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Teaching Professionals
5% Sales occupations
5% Secretarial and related occupations
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Elementary occupations
5% Sports and fitness occupations

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Archaeology

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 with no component below 6.0

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Archaeology (Paleoanthropology), MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

First or upper second-class degree, in archaeology, anthropology, history or a cognate discipline; other qualifications considered


Tuition Fees Archaeology (Paleoanthropology) MSc

Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £21000 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £21000 year 1

Additional fee information

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Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of University of Southampton in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Southampton in related subject specific rankings.

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #5 
    • #5 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #33 
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]

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About University of Southampton

The University of Southampton, often abbreviated to Soton, is a research university located in Southampton, England. Although the university was founded in 1862, it has only enjoyed full university status from 1952 onwards. The university has five campuses in total, with the main one based in the Highfield area of Southampton.

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