Each module consists of specially prepared self-study materials, which are delivered by post to your door and supplemented with additional material made available online through Blackboard, our virtual learning environment.
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, although please note that the fieldwork and lab session in Leicester are compulsory.
Field School and Lab Session
The compulsory Level 2 Field School module gives you the opportunity to get practical, hands-on experience in a number of aspects of survey and excavation. You can participate in the week-long field school that we organise each year at Bradgate Park in Leicestershire, or opt to make your own fieldwork arrangements.
The compulsory Level 3 Archaeological Practice module requires attendance at a week-long practical laboratory-based session at the University of Leicester. This lab session is held in May of Year 5 or 6 if you are a part-time student, or in May of Year 3 if you are a full-time student.