Archaeology and Heritage, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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  • English (take IELTS)
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Course aims

To provide instruction in a range of skills needed in the analysis of archaeological data, and the opportunity to use them in analysis and interpretation. It introduces the theoretical issues underpinning landscape studies and the archaeology of standing buildings, and introduces a range of techniques that can be used in the study of landscapes and buildings. It equips students with the skills of site evaluation and project management, and gives students the opportunity to interpret and present the archaeological heritage. The Classical Archaeology module examines both Greek and Roman heritage.

This course is aimed primarily at professionals from archaeology, museums, government and other agencies, national and countryside parks and forestry services, heritage sites, historic houses, tourism, planning and landscape management. Successful graduates include those working for English Heritage and other government agencies in the UK; the National Park Service, Parks Canada, the US military and State offices in north America; and numerous private CRM firms in many parts of the world. Some students have gone on to doctoral research.

Course structure

  • Critical Approaches to the Archaeological Heritage
  • Archaeology of Standing Buildings
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Managing Archaeological Practices
  • Dissertation

Teaching and assessment methods

All modules are delivered by distance learning. Each is assessed by two pieces of written work. Master´s students write a 15,000-word dissertation.


The MA is the equivalent of a regionally-accredited US Master’s degree, and is accepted by the Register of Professional Archaeologists as a qualifying degree for those wishing to become Licensed Practitioners.

Programme Structure

Course modules

  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Planning and Management of Archaeological Projects
  • Archaeology of Standing Buildings
  • Classical Landscapes
  • Interpretation and Presentation of the Archaeological Heritage
  • Dissertation (for the MA)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

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Academic Requirements

Entry Requirements

Normally a good second class honours degree in Archaeology or a cognate subject with appropriate archaeological content, or its equivalent. Individual cases where the applicant has a minimum of five years´ professional experience in an appropriate field will be considered on their merits. Bridging modules are also offered for those graduates without a suitable first degree.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English, and who have not lived in a country where the first language is English for at least three years immediately before the start of their course, need to satisfy the University´s English language requirement.

As well as the internationally-known IELTS and TOEFL tests, the University also accepts many other English language qualifications.

The English Language Programme for International Students

If you do not yet meet our English requirements we can help you to improve your English to the necessary standard. The University´s English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help campus-based students with the English you need for your studies.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 8825 International
  • GBP 7680 EU/EEA

Fees for October entry:

Home/EU: £8,025

International: £9,220


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  • Employer sponsorship
  • ELCAS funding for members of the Armed Forces (UK)
  • Professional and Career Development Loans (UK)
  • Research Councils (postgraduate research students)
  • International (non-EU) funding

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