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Archaeological Landscapes MA

This course provides an exciting opportunity to understand and interpret the rich archaeological landscapes of Britain.

Landscapes, both rural and urban, represent the largest archaeological field resource available and this Master’s programme will equip you with the research skills necessary for their investigation.

Central to this course is a focus on modern techniques and approaches to the understanding of human societies, enabling you to learn a wide array of information and ideas and be trained in crucial investigative methods. You will be instructed in the avenues available for regional as well as national studies, and be introduced to a variety of research options.

The course is supported by excellent facilities, including our Charles Darwin building, our suite of five laboratories, a specialist computer facility for ISE staff and students and a GIS, mapping and visualization suite with GIS software (ArcGIS). Surveying equipment includes survey-grade GPS and a total station, gradiometers and resistivity geophysical survey kit, Trimble GeoXT mapping-grade GPS, Panasonic Toughbook ruggedised tablet PCs with integrated mapping grade GPS, and ArcGIS software. In addition, a Draganflyer X6, a state of the art “mini-helicopter”, can take vertical and oblique aerial photographs. Technician support is also available within the Institute, including a GIS technician.

Postgraduate Loans

Postgraduate Loans of up to £10,000 are now available for UK students. For more information visit our postgraduate loans page


How to Apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or

Entry requirements

Admissions policy, criteria and procedures  

This course is open to students with a prior degree in Archaeology, or related field, as well as to current professional archaeological practitioners. This course is also open to students wishing to convert their original degree to a field archaeology specialism, and to interested members of the public with an appropriate first degree. 

General entrance requirements

Normally, students should have a first degree of a 2:1 or better. Occupational experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis in the case of first degree of 2:2

The IELTS score for international applicants is 6.5 (with no less 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered, for more information please click here.

Candidates will only be interviewed where doubt exists in relation to information provided via the application form, concerning their meeting the entry criteria


Accreditation of Prior Learning  

Students with relevant previous study at postgraduate level or with extensive experience may be considered eligible for accreditation of prior learning.  

Please contact the Registry Admissions Office for further information and guidance on 01905 855111 or 

Study options

The flexible delivery mode includes evening and some weekend sessions and a residential field school.

Delivery is supported by an on-line learning environment.

The module content is designed so that exit awards of a certificate and a diploma may be obtained after 60 and 120 credits respectively.

Get in touch

Dr Helen Loney
Course Leader 
01905 855201/855202 

Admissions Office
01905 855111



Postgraduate study will mark you out in today’s competitive job market, showing that you have enhanced knowledge in this subject area, as well as highlighting your ability to analyse, communicate and apply theory – all skills which are sought after by employers.

Course content


Year 1 (award of certificate)
Views of the landscape: Introduction to the ways of studying the archaeological landscape. (30 credits) ARCH4001
Measuring the landscape: the role of the sciences in the study of the archaeological landscape. (30 credits) ARCH4002

Year 2 (award of diploma)
Research Methods. (30 credits) ARCH4003
Field Survey in action: Archaeological Survey Field School. (30 credits) ARCH4004

Year 3 or Summer of Year 2 (award of MA in Archaeological Landscape Investigation)

In order to complete the MA in Archaeological Landscape Investigation, you must complete one of the two following options in your third year (or summer of your second year) -

Dissertation ARCH4005 (60 credits)
Work Placement Portfolio ARCH4006 (60 credits)


Knowledge, skills and attitudes will be developed through a variety of learning strategies including keynote lectures, group work, seminar presentations, group discussions, tutor evaluation, case study analysis, and tutorial support.

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that are required in a professional environment. This will be achieved by formative and summative assessment and through the use of reflection and reflexivity. The assessments are designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate specific advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to underpin the practice of Archaeological Landscape Investigation.

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Institute of Science & the Environment

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