How should archaeological sites be presented to the public? What are the ethical concerns around preservation and restoration? This degree is about understanding how we value and understand archaeological heritage.
This degree explores approaches to the archaeological heritage in general, landscape archaeology, archaeology and education, and the archaeology of standing buildings. These fields are explored within a global framework, encouraging both critical intellectual engagement with more advanced academic research while developing skills and understandings in relation to with practical applications. The course materials have been developed for an international student body and are designed to be both relevant to your specific concerns and backgrounds, while seeking to extend horizons globally in new and exciting directions.
The four modules of this MA encourage you to develop new understandings, skills and interests at different scales, from the study of individual standing buildings to that of the largest landscapes. You will also explore in a critical way how archaeologists and others may engage with and interpret archaeological monuments, sites and landscapes to various audiences within ‘public archaeology’, engaging with a range of heritage discourses from Europe, North America, and beyond. The role and value of archaeology in education and society, in the broadest sense, is critically examined, exploring its educational roles in fundamental debates concerning the human condition and who we are, as well as the nature of the archaeological record and the past. How do we approach different kinds of archaeology? Why do we do it? Why do we do it as we do? Might there be other ways?
This MA provides you with an excellent and wide-ranging course of advanced study and is particularly suitable for those already engaged with archaeology and the heritage sector, or with shared professional interests. The course offers opportunities to build on existing skills and knowledge, while developing intellectual rigour. Students of this long-established and successful MA are commonly working within the heritage sector or related disciplines, while graduates from this course have gone on to work for English Heritage/Historic England, the National and State Parks Services, Parks Canada, and similar organisations, while many within the private sector.
Distance learning offers you the opportunity to study flexibly, while still benefiting from full support of our expert academic staff. The course also gives you the option to defer studies if external demands require.
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What’s the difference?
For the MA you need to complete four modules and a dissertation. For the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) you need to complete four modules. For the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) you need to complete two modules.
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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.
Start date: 10th February 2020
Application deadline for April 2020 start: 27th January 2020
Start date: 8th June 2020
Application deadline for June 2020 start: 25 May 2020
Teaching and Assessment
All of your modules are delivered by distance learning and we will provide you with excellent support from the same expert archaeology academics who deliver our on-campus courses. We understand you are combining study with external commitments and you can defer your studies if necessary. Up to a third of our students take advantage of this flexibility.
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.
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.
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.
A good second class (2:1, or equivalent) honours degree in Archaeology (or Anthropology in North America) or a closely related subject.
If you have a degree in a less-relevant subject, you may be able to apply for this degree after completing specific conversion modules to an appropriate standard, by prior agreement with the Course Director.
If you have extensive relevant professional experience (5 years or more) the Course Director may consider this, on an individual basis.
English Language Requirements
IELTS 6.5 (7.0 in writing preferred) or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.
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Starting in February 2020 or June 2020
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.
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