Archaeology short course (single modules), by distance learning

4-8 months, part-time

Archaeology short course (single modules), by distance learning, 4-8 months, part-time

Course information

Taught by Archaeology and Ancient History

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Can’t make it to campus? These distance learning short courses allow you to learn about the theory and practice of archaeology, and how it can be used to make sense of millions of years of human history.

Course description

Course description

This short courses will introduce you to key themes in the study of archaeology and enable you to further your knowledge of the wide chronological and geographical range of the discipline. You will develop your ability to draw upon appropriate archaeological theories, methods, techniques and concepts in order to develop your understanding of the past through material culture and other residues.

These short courses are based on our extensive experience in developing and teaching both archaeology and ancient history courses and our world-leading research. Our modules cross the traditional academic boundaries of archaeology and ancient history, enabling you to gain a wider knowledge of your chosen topic.

We will provide you with an intellectually challenging and stimulating curriculum that draws on the expertise of Archaeology and Ancient History members. We have a proven track record of successfully delivering distance learning courses that will help you gain the transferable skills necessary for successful career development or further academic study. As a result, our courses are highly valued by employers, who recognise the key transferable and subject-specific skills gained.

For more information on how distance learning works at the University of Leicester, please visit our Distance Learning pages. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our distance learning Archaeology and Ancient History courses do not have formal entry requirements – you just need to demonstrate an active interest in archaeology and ancient history and a genuine commitment to putting the time in to study.

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

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

This is the total course fee. You will pay this fee wherever in the world you live.

Starting in October 2022 or February 2023

  • One module: £1,080

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

International Students

This is the total course fee. You will pay this fee wherever in the world you live.

Starting in October 2022 or February 2023

  • One module: £1,080

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

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Our 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.

Our modules cross the traditional academic boundaries of archaeology and ancient history, enabling you to gain a wider knowledge in your chosen area.

Employability skills are embedded throughout our curriculum.

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 structure

Available short courses

Available short courses

Each short course consists of one of the following modules:  

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.

Why Leicester?

Archaeology by Distance Learning at Leicester

Distance learning student Marian explains why she chose Leicester.

Students from more than 25 countries have chosen to study archaeology by distance learning with us.

Our distance learning courses are written and taught by academic staff with specialisms in the subject area. All our teaching is informed by our own original research.

We are the world leaders in archaeology and ancient history courses by distance learning. This is not just a marketing boast – we have been teaching students by distance learning for nearly 20 years.

Teaching and learning

Each level 1 short course consists of specially prepared self-study materials, which are made available online through Blackboard, our virtual learning environment, and supplemented by our Library's book-loans-by-post service.

We recommend that you set aside 15-20 hours study time per module per week. You will be allocated an academic tutor for each module. Your tutors are available by email or phone to provide advice on academic and study matters.

Wherever you are in the world, you will have access to University services, including the University’s David Wilson Library and its extensive range of electronic journals and e-books.

We provide excellent learning support, delivered by the same expert archaeology academics and professionals as our on-campus courses.

Because we understand that many of our students are combining study with demanding careers and family lives, we provide a range of entry and exit points onto our courses, along with the opportunity to move between full-time and part-time study if circumstances change.

We received a maximum 24 in the most recent QAA teaching assessment, so you can be confident that we can translate our leading research into effective and relevant teaching, allowing you to gain maximum benefit. We have some of the most satisfied students in the country, with consistently high student ratings in the National Student Survey.


Modules are assessed by written coursework, usually in the form of essays or reports. There are no examinations and no requirements for you to attend the University campus for assessments.

Key dates

Start dates: 5 September 2022 and 6 February 2023
Application deadline for September 2022 start: 15 August 2022

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Having that connection with the physical remains of the past really captures the imagination.


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