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Heritage and Archaeology

Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Investigate and understand historic environments and the importance of involving the public in heritage conservation.
A student wearing outerwear and hiking boots sits by an excavation site using a tablet.

Course description

You'll be prepared for roles within the heritage protection and commercial sectors, and heritage presentation organisations. Our department has a strong reputation in the heritage sector and you'll have ample opportunity to capitalise on our external partnerships.

There are three pathways: Landscape Archaeology, Managing the Historic Environment and a Cross-discipline pathway that provides a more holistic analysis of both landscape and the historic environment. Within those pathways, you'll have the freedom to choose specific periods or methodologically-based themes to suit your career aspirations. The Landscape Archaeology pathway is more practical, teaching you how to investigate and understand historic environments. Managing the Historic Environment trains you in the development of policy, research agendas and planning, and discusses how we present heritage and the historic environment to the public. The cross-disciplinary option combines themes from both pathways, but all three pathways emphasise the importance of conserving and maintaining our heritage.

MA students
You'll also go on a work placement and complete a report as part of your placement experience OR choose your own research project and complete a dissertation.

Your future
This course prepares you for a career in the sector and teaches you how to tackle pressing issues. Or you could progress to doctoral research – this course is excellent preparation for a PhD.  

The transferable skills you’ll develop are valued in lots of sectors, including business, journalism and teaching. Helping you prepare for your career is part of our job. Whatever your ambitions are, we’re here to support you.

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Modules

Core modules

Cross-discipline

  • Landscapes in archaeology: method and practice
  • Heritage, place and community
  • GIS for Archaeology
  • Digital Cultural Heritage
  • Dissertation or work placement

Landscape Archaeology

  • Landscapes in archaeology: method and practice
  • Heritage, place and community
  • GIS for Archaeology
  • Landscape Survey Project
  • Dissertation or work placement

Managing the Historic Environment

  • Landscapes in archaeology: method and practice
  • Heritage, place and community
  • Heritage, history and identity
  • Digital Cultural Heritage
  • Dissertation or work placement

Optional modules

Cross-discipline

  • Reinventing Archaeology
  • Heritage, history and identity
  • Investigating Ancient Environments
  • Landscape Survey project
  • Later Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain and Ireland

Landscape Archaeology

  • Heritage, history and identity
  • Investigating Ancient Environments
  • Mediterranean Landscapes
  • Later Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain and Ireland

Managing the Historic Environment

  • GIS for Archaeology
  • Investigating Ancient Environments
  • Landscape Survey project
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Heritage, museum and field: archaeology in practice

Teaching

You'll be taught through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and field trips.

Assessment

Your assessments will include essays, portfolio work, practical work, exams and a dissertation or a placement report.

Duration

MA: 1 year, full-time, or 2 years, part-time
Postgraduate Diploma: 1 year, full-time, or 2 years, part-time
Postgraduate Certificate: 1 year, full-time or 2 years, part-time.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Applicants with relevant work experience and good academic potential will also be encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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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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Contact

Colin Merrony

Programme Director

c.merrony@sheffield.ac.uk

0114 22 22929

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