Teaching and learning
All of your modules (except the Study Tour) are delivered by distance learning. 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 and ancient history academics and professionals. We understand you are combining study with external commitments and you can defer your studies if necessary.
Each module 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.
During the course, you will be allocated an academic tutor for each module and you will receive one-to-one supervision throughout your course.
On the MA you will have the option of participating in a study tour in the Mediterranean, either as an assessed or non-assessed module. The study tour will take place over a period of ten days, and involves visiting a range of classical sites, monuments and museums. If you take the tour as an assessed module you will be expected to prepare coursework based on activities you do on the tour. Previous tour locations have included Rome, Athens and Attica; and Istanbul and western Turkey.
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 assessed by two markers who are academics or professional archaeologists.
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.