MSc Landscape Archaeology
The landscape is the context within which all human activity takes place. Developing the ability to ‘read’ the landscape and to understand the role of natural process and human activity in shaping that landscape through time is the focus of this course.
LocationCultural Heritage Institute @ RAU Swindon
DurationCourse duration 1 year (full time) or 2+ years (part time) (Full time / Part time)
Academic Year3 February 2020 - 22 January 2021. For September entry the academic year starts in September 2021.
*Subject to validation
The rapid growth of survey and visualisation technologies is transforming the nature of landscape archaeology. At the same time there are mounting pressures on landscapes from multiple factors including agriculture, forestry, recreation, urban expansion and climate change all of which demand an integrative approach to management and conservation.
This course will equip you with innovative skills and tools to respond to those pressures and offers an innovative, dynamic and research-informed programme that critically considers the idea of landscape and contemporary issues, challenges and developments in Landscape Archaeology.
You will be provided with a robust philosophical, theoretical and ethical framework for exploring, recording and managing landscapes of archaeological and heritage significance. This includes engaging with the practice of Landscape Archaeology in the UK and internationally, in the light of rapid technological and methodological change.
From this course you will gain a toolbox of skills ranging from landscape survey and recording to Remote Sensing, Geophysics and the Digital Landscape. You will also be introduced to key landscape shaping processes, particularly the integrated understanding and management of ‘natural’ and ‘cultural’ elements in the landscape.
You will apply that knowledge creatively to the analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of evidence through case-studies of complex landscapes ranging from the Prehistoric & Roman through the Mediaeval to the Post-Mediaeval and Industrial periods.
The ability to integrate investigation, understanding and management of cultural and natural landscapes is a sound preparation for careers, or further research, in landscape archaeology, heritage and history. Such skills are also highly transferable and could provide a stepping stone to careers within the wider environmental, countryside management and landward professions.
Applicants should usually possess a degree in subject areas related to heritage, archaeology, history, land management, planning or geography at Lower Second (2.2) or higher. If you have no formal qualifications it may be possible to join the programme based on extensive relevant work experience corresponding in level to an undergraduate honours degree. In all cases entry is subject to a satisfactory interview either in person or via Skype/Zoom or similar platforms.
This programme can be taken full-time in one year, part-time in two years or by credit accumulation over a maximum period of four years. Our aim is to provide flexible learning that can be integrated into busy working lives.
Delivery is by blended learning using intensive tuition-days interspersed with guided and independent online learning supported by group-work, seminars, tutorials and mentoring. It emphasises an exciting hands-on collaborative learning style where students are encouraged and enabled to contribute to knowledge generation. The goal is to grow confidence and support your transition to a professional role or to further research.
The programme tutors are experienced Landscape Archaeologists drawn from academia and professional practice supported by our Professional Fellows who are embedded in historic environment organisations.
The programme consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation or professional product. Six of the taught modules form a compulsory core to which are added a further two option-modules from a slate of three available courses. Module assessments are very varied but all involve different forms of course work.
In addition to the taught modules you will produce an academic dissertation which will engage you in the production of new knowledge through a substantial piece of research. The dissertation will be driven by your interests and career goals – it allows you to showcase the skills you have acquired and can provide a springboard to further research or to employment.
The programme involves extensive collaboration with governmental, charitable and commercial organisations working in Landscape Archaeology. This includes guided visits to case study locations, guest lectures, seminars and workshops, research projects and professional contributions such as mentoring. The input from heritage professionals will be invaluable in helping you develop a grounded, reflective, approach to your career.
The programme is built around six core modules and a dissertation or professional product:
- The Idea of Landscape: Fieldschool
- Theories of Place – Landscape as Record, Artefact & Culture
- Historic Environment Research: Design, Methodology & Management
- Archaeological Landscape Investigation, Survey & Recording
- Remote Sensing, Geophysics and the Digital Landscape
- Geoarchaeology: Earth Surface Processes & Environmental Change
- Dissertation or Professional Product
To that, students will add a further two modules selected from the following:
- Prehistoric & Roman Landscapes
- Mediaeval Landscapes
- Post Mediaeval and Industrial Landscapes
- The Challenge of Change: Planning Law and Integrated Historic Environment Management
* Subject to validation
** Optional additions to the course will incur additional charges
*** More information to follow
The programme is undertaken in partnership with Wessex Archaeology,
Wessex Archaeology have been closely involved in the design of the programme and several of their staff are CHI Professional Fellows.
Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing module fees, re-sit fees or dissertation extensions).
For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£8,000 per year||£12,000 per year|
|Part-time||Please refer to Tuition Fees webpage||Please refer to Tuition Fees webpage|
**Please note: International students can study on a part-time basis only if they are in the UK with a different type of visa (other than Tier 4 Child/General) that allows them to undertake part-time study and their visa does not expire prior to the end date of the proposed course of study.
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Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.
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Residential blocks full-board costs 2019/20**
|Full-time student, full-board basis||£900*|
|Part-time student, full-board basis||£450*|
*Costs are subject to an increase in 2020/21.
**For part-time study residential block fees are quoted per year.
The University offers a range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.
Career prospects include:
- Archaeological, Heritage & Environmental Consultancy
- Governmental Heritage agencies such as Historic England, Historic Scotland & Cadw
- Charitable Trusts such as the National Trust, English Heritage and the Canal & River Trust
- Heritage interpretation consultancy
- Heritage tourism
- Countryside and landscape management
- Teaching and education
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