2019 start

Landscape Archaeology

Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Through imaginative teaching and world-leading research, we inspire our students to explore.
Landscape archaeology postgraduate in field

Course description

Landscape archaeology explores the relationship between humans, the natural world and the environments we create.

The course aims to develop digital and field skills as well as knowledge. Working with employers, we have identified several key skills a landscape archaeologist needs to work in the heritage sector. These include analytical techniques such as GIS, earthwork survey, geophysical survey and air photo interpretation.

You choose whether to go on a fieldwork placement over the summer or complete a dissertation.

Graduates have gone on to work for national parks, the National Trust, Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, commercial contractors and many other archaeological organisations.

You can choose between pursuing a fieldwork placement over the summer or completing a dissertation.

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Core modules

  • GIS for Archaeologists
  • Landscapes in archaeology: methods & perspectives
  • Landscape Survey Project
  • Investigating Ancient Environments
  • Dissertation or Work Placement

Optional modules

  • Mediterranean Landscapes
  • Heritage, History and Identity
  • Reinventing Archaeology
  • Heritage, Place and Community
  • Research Design: Planning, Execution and Presentation


You can expect a balanced timetable of lectures, seminars and practicals. You’ll have access to specialist labs and world-class reference collections. Many of our masters courses include a fieldwork or project-based component.

We integrate humanities and science-based approaches to nurture a deeper understanding. You’ll have the opportunity to explore different viewpoints and make up your own mind about their strengths and weaknesses.

We’ll help you to develop your critical thinking as well as your practical skills. What we ask of you, as a member of our lively academic community, is that you challenge, question, and explore.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

The balance of theoretical and field techniques influenced my decision to do this MA. The course content – from a field survey in Wales to modules on Geographic Information Systems and geoarchaeology – has allowed me to specialise in areas pertinent to my personal research. As a part-time student, I combine my studies with work in professional and community archaeology. This provides me with a greater understanding of the discipline and the differences between the workplace and academic theory.

David Inglis
MA Landscape Archaeology

Entry requirements

Usually a minimum 2:1 honours degree in an arts, humanities or science subject. But your interest in and understanding of archaeology is more important than what you studied at undergraduate level.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding


If you accept a place on a course, you may be eligible to apply for White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) and University of Sheffield studentships. We also offer a number of department and course-specific scholarships. See the department's fees and funding page for more information.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.