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 archaeology and heritage, buildings and landscapes and how we value and understand the archaeological heritage.

Course Description

This degree explores approaches to the archaeological heritage in general, landscape archaeology, archaeology and education, and the archaeology of standing buildings. These fields are explored within a global framework, encouraging both critical intellectual engagement with more advanced academic research while developing skills and understandings in relation to with practical applications. The course materials have been developed for an international student body and are designed to be both relevant to your specific concerns and backgrounds, while seeking to extend horizons globally in new and exciting directions.

The four modules of this MA encourage you to develop new understandings, skills and interests at different scales, from the study of individual standing buildings to that of the largest landscapes. You will also explore in a critical way how archaeologists and others may engage with and interpret archaeological monuments, sites and landscapes to various audiences within ‘public archaeology’, engaging with a range of heritage discourses from Europe, North America, and beyond. The role and value of archaeology in education and society, in the broadest sense, is critically examined, exploring its educational roles in fundamental debates concerning the human condition and who we are, as well as the nature of the archaeological record and the past. How do we approach different kinds of archaeology? Why do we do it? Why do we do it as we do? Might there be other ways?

This MA provides you with an excellent and wide-ranging course of advanced study and is particularly suitable for those already engaged with archaeology and the heritage sector, or with shared professional interests. The course offers opportunities to build on existing skills and knowledge, while developing intellectual rigour. Students of this long-established and successful MA are commonly working within the heritage sector or related disciplines, while graduates from this course have gone on to work for English Heritage/Historic England, the National and State Parks Services, Parks Canada, and similar organisations, while many within the private sector.

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

Join us for a live online chat

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).

Our courses cross the traditional academic boundary of archaeology and ancient history, letting you gain a wider knowledge in your chosen area.

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

Key Dates

Start date: 13 February 2017
Application deadline for February 2017: 9 January 2017

Start date: 12 June 2017
Application deadline for June 2017: 8 May 2017

Start date: 10 October 2017
Application deadline for October 2017: 11 September 2017

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

A good second class (2:1, or equivalent) honours degree in Archaeology (or Anthropology in North America) or a closely related subject. Individual cases where the you have extensive relevant professional experience (5 years or more) will be considered on their merits, by the Course Director.

Where candidates have a less-relevant degree or degrees it may be possible to attain entry following successful completion of specified conversion modules to an appropriate standard, by prior agreement with the Course Director.

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.

    Starting in February 2017 or June 2017

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

    If you start before 31 July 2017 your fee will be determined by where you will be living during your studies.

    Starting in October 2017, February 2018 or June 2018

    • MA: £9,730
    • PGDip: £6,487
    • PGCert: £3,243

    If you start after 31 July 2017 you will pay this fee, wherever in the world you live.

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

    University of Leicester Graduate Scholarship: If you graduated from an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2016 and you’re planning to start this course between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017, 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.

    Starting in February 2017 or June 2017

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

    If you start before 31 July 2017 your fee will be determined by where you will be living during your studies.

    Starting in October 2017, February 2018 or June 2018

    • MA: £9,730
    • PGDip: £6,487
    • PGCert: £3,243

    If you start after 31 July 2017 you will pay this fee, wherever in the world you live.

    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

Not what you're looking for?