Historical Archaeology

MA, PGDip, PGCert, 8 months-2 years, by distance learning

This is for you if... you want the flexibility of a distance learning course while delving deeper into the theory and practice of archaeological research over the past 500 years.

Course Description

This innovative degree provides an in-depth analysis of the processes of social and cultural change, especially in the early modern and modern worlds, from a material perspective.

You will investigate the political and social contexts of archaeological research and the range of sources used by scholars over the past 500 years. The course will give you a global perspective on the processes of social and cultural change, drawing on the strength of Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester, which has the largest concentration of later historical archaeologists in the UK.

During the course, you will be introduced to analytical and survey skills and more sophisticated methods of archaeological investigation, which you will be encouraged to use in your own studies. Our 'Historical Archaeology of England' module gives you the opportunity to take part in a one-week residential field school focusing on landscapes, buildings and material culture and the chance to meet tutors face-to-face.

The course will equip you with the ability to conduct independent research and increase your understanding of the potential of interdisciplinary study providing, an excellent grounding for continued research or to further your career progression.

Our Distance Learning course gives you the flexibility to fit studying around your existing commitments.

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?

We maintain close relationships with commercial/contract archaeology through ULAS (University of Leicester Archaeological Services), who were involved with the discovery of Richard III.

Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester achieved 95% student satisfaction in the NSS in 2015, with 100% for staff enthusiasm.

Our specialist facilities include an Osteology Lab and an outstanding range of equipment for archaeological science in general.

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

Core modules

Core modules

Plus your dissertation (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.

Option modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

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?

You will do four modules on both the MA and PGDip courses. MA students will go on to write a 15,000 word dissertation. To gain a PGCert you need to complete two modules.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

All of your modules are delivered by distance learning, but the 'Historical Archaeology of England' module requires one week’s attendance in the UK on field visits. Our courses will give you the flexibility to study from any location within a structured and supportive framework. You will receive excellent support from our expert archaeology academics and professionals. We understand you are combining study with external commitments and you can defer your studies if necessary.

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.

Assessment

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

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

We will consider your application if you 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 ‘bridging’ courses.

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.

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

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