MA Landscape Archaeology

Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

We inspire students to explore and excel through imaginative teaching and the world-leading research we conduct across the globe.

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

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

Our long-established MA in Landscape Archaeology is one of the most successful in Britain. Throughout this programme, you will explore the ways in which human beings have acted upon landscape and environments, the ways in which nature has acted upon humanity, and the ways in which human perceptions of the natural world have influenced their actions.

You will choose between a Research Track, incorporating a dissertation, or a Professional Track, which includes a work placement.

Core modules

  • Student on a Landscape Survey ProjectGIS for archaeologists
  • Landscape in archaeology: methods & perspectives
  • Landscape Survey Project
  • Investigating Ancient Environments
  • Dissertation or Work Placement

Indicative optional modules

  • Mediterranean Landscapes;
  • Reinventing Archaeology; Heritage, Place and Community
  • Dissertation option recommend: Research Design: Planning, Execution and Presentation.
  • Work placement option recommend: Heritage, History and Identity

How we will teach and assess you

Our students come from all around the world and the content of our courses reflects this. You can expect a balanced timetable of lectures, seminars and practicals. Many of our masters courses also include a fieldwork or project work component.

Our teaching staff are leading scholars in their field. Through their research and field projects they are active in generating new knowledge that feeds directly into their teaching.

Part-time study

This course can be taken full-time or part-time.

If you study part-time, you'll take two 15-credit modules in each semester during Year 1 and Year 2, and either a dissertation or placement module over the summer of Year 2. We arrange for you to attend two days a week but we try to be as flexible as possible.

Course duration

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

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in an arts, humanities or science subject is usually required. Your interest in and knowledge of archaeological matters are more important than the specific discipline of your undergraduate degree.

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

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Fees and funding

If you accept a place on one of our courses, you may be eligible to apply for WRoCAH and University of Sheffield studentships. There are also a number of departmental and programme-specific scholarships available each year. See our website for details.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 2900

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