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 post-medieval and historical archaeology from a global perspective.

Course Description

This innovative degree provides students the opportunity to learn about and analyse the processes of social and culture change in the post-1500 period, from a material perspective.  The degree’s blend of global discourse in historical archaeology is unique and you will gain important international perspectives on the theory and practice of this popular sub-discipline.

You will investigate the political and social contexts of archaeological research and the range of sources used by scholars working on post-medieval periods. This course will give you a global perspective on the processes of social and cultural change which characterise the later historical period.  The program draws on the strengths of Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester, which has one of the largest concentrations of post-medieval archaeologists in the UK, including the research-active Centre for Historical Archaeology.

During the course, you will be introduced to analytical 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 and fellow classmates face-to-face.

Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester has significant strengths and expertise in global archaeology, meaning we are well-placed to accommodate dissertation projects on international topics, dependent on staff availability. This option can be ideal for students resident outside of the UK who wish to pursue research topics more local to them.

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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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.

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

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

Course Structure

Core modules

Core modules

Plus your dissertation (MA only)

Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester has significant strengths and expertise in global archaeology, meaning we are well-placed to accommodate dissertation projects on international topics, dependent on staff availability. This option can be ideal for students who live outside of the UK who wish to pursue research topics more local to them.

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.

    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
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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