Archaeology

PGCert, 9 months, by distance learning

This is for you if... you want the flexibility of studying by distance learning whilst delving deeper into the world of archaeology to broaden your career or study prospects.

Course Description

The Postgraduate Certificate in Archaeology will enable you to develop your skills and knowledge, whether you wish to study to enhance your career prospects or just extend your academic studies into new fields at a more advanced level.

You can choose from a wide selection of modules, tailoring the course to meet your needs or specialising in one individual topic. You can also use your PGCert as a stepping stone towards one of our three Masters degrees: in Archaeology and Heritage, Historical Archaeology, or The Classical Mediterranean.

Studying by Distance Learning allows you to fit your study around your existing work and family commitments. You will be provided with support from our expert archaeology staff and allocated a tutor whom you can contact directly for advice and guidance.

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, Arts and Humanities
+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

Module Group A

Module Group A

Take two of these modules for a Postgraduate Certificate in Archaeology and Heritage

  • Archaeology of Standing Buildings (also in Group B)
  • Critical Approaches to the Archaeological Heritage
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Archaeology in Education

Or take any two modules for a Postgraduate Certificate in Archaeology.

Or take any one module - plus a short (7,500-word) dissertation - for a Postgraduate Certificate in [name of module].


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.

Module Group B

Module Group B

Take two of these modules for a Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Archaeology

  • The Archaeology of the Modern World
  • Archaeology of Standing Buildings (also in Group A)
  • Doing Historical Archaeology (also in Group C)
  • The Historical Archaeology of England (field-based)

Or take any two modules for a Postgraduate Certificate in Archaeology.

Or take any one module - plus a short (7,500-word) dissertation - for a Postgraduate Certificate in [name of module].


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.

Module Group C

Module Group C

Take two of these modules for a Postgraduate Certificate in Classical Mediterranean Studies

Or take any two modules for a Postgraduate Certificate in Archaeology.

Or take any one module - plus a short (7,500-word) dissertation - for a Postgraduate Certificate in [name of module].

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.

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: 6 February 2017
Application deadline for February 2017: 2 January 2017

Start date: 6 June 2017
Application deadline for June 2017: 1 May 2017

Start date: 2 October 2017
Application deadline for October 2017: 4 September 2017

Teaching and Assessment

You will receive excellent learning support from the same expert archaeology academics who deliver our on-campus courses. Specially prepared self-study materials will be delivered to you by post or made available electronically through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

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.

Modules are assessed by written coursework, usually in the form of essays or reports. You will be provided with detailed written feedback on each piece of work that you submit for assessment.

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. 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, Ancient History, Classical Studies, Anthropology or similar subject.

Relevant professional archaeological experience will also be considered.

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

  • Starting in February 2017 or June 2017

    • £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

    • £3,243

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

    Your fee includes all workbooks, textbooks or digital materials, other teaching materials such as offprints or maps, library access, tutoring, supervision and marking. Field-based modules may involve extra accommodation/travel costs.

    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. 


  • Starting in February 2017 or June 2017

    • £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

    • £3,243

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

    Your fee includes all workbooks, textbooks or digital materials, other teaching materials such as offprints or maps, library access, tutoring, supervision and marking. Field-based modules may involve extra accommodation/travel costs.

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

Career Opportunities

Our 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.

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Course
Archaeology by distance learning
Qualification
PGCert
Duration
9 months part-time
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