This course gives you the opportunity to reflect on and investigate community archaeology in both theory and practice. During the course you will consider focussed case studies, theoretical perspectives and academic and applied research. You will be encouraged to engage with community archaeology in a range of local and national contexts, and to study a variety of archaeological projects and organisations. The course will help develop the knowledge, skills and networks that will assist you in your career.
Delivered flexibly through campus-based and online learning the course is designed for those already employed in the sector as well as those seeking to enter it. Studies are supported by a dedicated team of specialist tutors and a well-developed and resourced virtual learning environment. You will benefit from other facilities and resources, such as the University’s Archaeology Lab and our summer Archaeological Field School programme.
You will be studying at the cutting edge of community archaeology, gaining valuable practical experience via a range of case- or site-based studies. The course offers awards of Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or the full MA Degree in Community Archaeology.
By the end of the course, you will be fully equipped to progress onto a variety of careers in the field of community archaeology, or further study, having acquired an extensive repertoire of skills.
What you will study -
In your first year, you will study a Contemporary Issues module, followed by Archaeology and Communities, Professional Practice in Community Archaeology and Research Skills. Those studying part-time will take Contemporary Issues, and either Archaeology and Communities or Professional Practice in Community Archaeology.
During your second year, you will produce a Dissertation. Your Dissertation comprises the final module of the course for those completing the MA Degree. Students studying part-time move onto either Archaeology and Communities or Professional Practice in Community Archaeology, plus Research Skills.
If you are studying part-time students you will normally complete the MA Degree in your third year, undertaking the Dissertation module. This is the culmination of your studies and an opportunity to explore your interests in the heritage education field.
“So far, the course has been interesting and enjoyable. I especially like the fact that the course has been easy to fit around a full time job.” Claire, MA in Community Archaeology student
We use a wide range of different types of assessment throughout the course, including essays, impact reports, resource packs, research portfolios and a dissertation. We support you in this work through a mix of campus-based and at-a-distance teaching, with lectures, site visits and workshops, and also discussion and interaction via a virtual learning environment.
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