Professional Skills

Module code: AR2036

Module co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Tarlow

This is a module unlike any other. Rather than relying on a series of lectures and seminars to teach a set content, you will apply for a job and then undertake an archaeological or heritage project that you will see through to completion.

'Professional Skills' sets out to give you ‘real world’ experience that will be of direct relevance to employers and give you a sense of what it is like to work on heritage projects. We will assign you to a group working on one of several possible projects, with support and mentoring both from academic staff and outside organisations. Recent projects have included:

  • Developing teaching materials for teaching archaeology to school children (really used as part of our outreach programme)
  • Developing interpretation materials for University excavations at Burrough Hill fort and Bradgate Park
  • Working with Leicester City Council to develop audioguides.

Unlike most of your modules, where the results are only relevant to you, Professional Skills thus gives you the opportunity to work in the real world and to make a difference to the community.

Topics covered

  • Career planning
  • CVs and Cover letter writing
  • Presentation skills


  • 10 hours of lectures/workshops
  • 10 hours of mentored project meetings


  • CV and cover letter (20%)
  • Presentation (5%)
  • Group project (75%)