Archaeology and Heritage

MA, PGDip, PGCert, 2 years, by distance learning

This is for you if... you want the flexibility of a distance learning course while gaining a deeper understanding of how people in the past constructed and used the environment around them.

Course Description

This degree will introduce you to the theoretical and practical issues underpinning landscape archaeology. You will examine critical approaches to heritage sites and landscapes, as well as studying landscape archaeology, the management of archaeological practices, and building construction and evolution.

We will introduce you to a range of analytical and survey skills and more sophisticated methods of data investigation that can be used in your studies of landscapes and buildings. During the course, you will be encouraged to apply those skills through analysis and interpretation of archaeological sites in your own locality.

The course will equip you with the skills of site evaluation and project management and you will gain an insight into planning and legislation constraints using case studies drawn from across the world.

This MA provides you with an excellent foundation for further academic research or if you are a professional seeking to develop your specialisms in archaeology and heritage, the course offers an opportunity to build on your skills and knowledge. Graduates from this course have gone on to work for English Heritage, the National Park Survey, Parks Canada, and the US military state offices.

Distance learning offers you the opportunity to study flexibly, while still benefiting from full support of our expert academic staff. The course also gives you the option to defer studies if external demands require.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Key Facts
Start date
February, June and October each year
Department
Archaeology and Ancient History
Contact

Distance Learning Hub
+44 (0)116 252 2903 or 5365 or 3783
artshumsdl@le.ac.uk

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Archaeology and Ancient History website

Why Leicester?

Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester is ranked in the top 100 in the world by the QS University Rankings. Our academic staff are active in research on every continent, with research interests from early prehistory to the recent past.

Our staff are active in research on all continents while many work closely with UK contract archaeology and the heritage sector not least through their work with ULAS (University of Leicester Archaeological Services).

Many of our courses cross the traditional academic boundaries of archaeology, history and ancient history, offering new perspectives to enrich your studies in your chosen field.

Course Structure

Modules

Modules

Plus your dissertation of 15,000 words (MA only)

 

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

What's the difference?

For the MA you need to complete four modules and a dissertation. For the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) you need to complete four modules. For the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) you need to complete two modules.

Teaching and Assessment

All of your modules are delivered by distance learning and we will provide you with excellent support from the same expert archaeology academics who deliver our on-campus courses. We understand you are combining study with external commitments and you can defer your studies if necessary. Up to a third of our students take advantage of this flexibility.

You will receive specially prepared self-study materials by post and additional teaching material will be made available electronically through the virtual learning support environment, Blackboard. You will have access to the library’s special service for distance learning students.

During the course, you will be allocated an academic tutor for each module and you will receive one-to-one supervision throughout your course.

Each of the modules you choose will be assessed using at least two written assignments. You will be provided with detailed written feedback on each piece of work that you submit for assessment. All of your assignments will be graded by two markers who are academics or professional archaeologists.

Distance Learning

Online learning is an important feature of this course, therefore it is essential that you have reliable, regular access to the internet (preferably with a broadband connection) in order to participate.

As a distance learning student, you will have access to the University Library's electronic service, the Leicester Digital Library, which includes a large number of e-journals and e-books. You are also welcome to join campus-based activities (by prior arrangement) at any time.

If you live close to Leicester you can, of course, visit the Library in person. For UK-based students who wish to use other libraries, we can issue you with a card which allows you to do so. This is a national scheme which allows distance learning students to borrow material from up to three other participating libraries.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 degree in Archaeology (or Anthropology in North America).

We will consider your application if your do not have a degree but do have extensive professional archaeological experience.

If you have a 2:1 degree in a different subject area, we may make you a conditional offer on the basis of you first taking some of our undergraduate modules as a ‘bridging’ course.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries List

Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Starting in October 2016, February 2017 or June 2017

    • MA: £8,760
    • PGDip: £5,835
    • PGCert: £2,915

    Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

    University of Leicester Graduate Scholarship: If you graduate from an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2016 you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your tuition fee.

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility? (MA only; not available for PGDip or PGCert.)

     

  • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Starting in October 2016, February 2017 or June 2017

    • MA: £10,070
    • PGDip: £6,705
    • PGCert: £3,355

    Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

Archaeology courses are designed to enable you to develop your skills and knowledge, whether to enhance your career prospects, proceed to further study, or for general interest.

There are opportunities to develop your practical skills, and employability skills are embedded throughout our curriculum. Consequently, our courses are highly valued by employers who will recognise the key transferable and subject-specific skills gained.

Careers

Our Career Development Service is here to support you – by email, phone or skype – with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Archaeology and Heritage by distance learning MA 2 years part-time February, June and October each year Apply Now
Archaeology and Heritage by distance learning PGDip 18 months part-time February, June and October each year Apply Now
Archaeology and Heritage by distance learning PGCert 8 months part-time February, June and October each year Apply Now
Course
Archaeology and Heritage by distance learning
Qualification
MA
Duration
2 years part-time
Start Dates
February, June and October each year
Availability
Course
Archaeology and Heritage by distance learning
Qualification
PGDip
Duration
18 months part-time
Start Dates
February, June and October each year
Availability
Course
Archaeology and Heritage by distance learning
Qualification
PGCert
Duration
8 months part-time
Start Dates
February, June and October each year
Availability

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