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University of Chester, Full Time Masters Degrees in History & Archaeology

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Our MRes in Archaeology offers an excellent opportunity to conduct original archaeological research into a chosen topic and become proficient in advanced research skills and project management. Read more
Our MRes in Archaeology offers an excellent opportunity to conduct original archaeological research into a chosen topic and become proficient in advanced research skills and project management.

Why Study Archaeology with us?

Our course provides a thorough grounding in the current archaeological theory and method, and will lead to the completion of a 28,000-word Research Dissertation.

We off er supervision in a broad range of archaeological and heritage subjects and topics for Britain and neighbouring regions. Our areas of research expertise include: the history and theory of archaeology; Mesolithic archaeology; Iron Age and Roman Britain; Anglo- Saxon and Viking Age archaeology; geoarchaeology; mortuary archaeology; archaeologies of memory, materiality and material culture; art and aesthetics; stone sculpture; and literary heritage.

What will I learn?

You will begin in the first term by studying two 20-credit modules – one exploring research skills for postgraduate study, and a further 20-credit optional module in archaeology or history. The degree culminates in an original Research Dissertation of 160 credits.

How will I be taught?

The principal methods of delivery for taught modules will be a mixture of lectures, seminars, individual tutorials and field visits to archaeological and heritage sites. The Research Dissertation is taught through regular supervisory meetings.
Each 20-credit module runs for 2.5 hours per week across an eight-week period. The Programme Leader will serve as your Personal Tutor.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for the core modules is via written work and other methods equivalent to approximately 4,000 words per 20-credit module. The Research Dissertation will be approximately 28,000 words in length.

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Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, our MA in Archaeology of Death and Memory explores the complex history of death and memory from the hunter-gatherer societies of the Palaeolithic to recent times. Read more
Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, our MA in Archaeology of Death and Memory explores the complex history of death and memory from the hunter-gatherer societies of the Palaeolithic to recent times. Our course is an exciting, cross-period postgraduate course of global application. It will allow you to study and gain advanced expertise in the study of death, burial and commemoration in the human past, shedding light on debates and concerns of our present day.

The course focuses on archaeology but is unusually cross-disciplinary. You will explore debates that connect archaeology to research themes shared across the humanities and social sciences, including studies of ritual, the body, material culture, memory and mortality. Consequently, this degree will interest those with first degrees in archaeology or history, and also those with backgrounds in other disciplines.

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Our MA course will allow you to build upon existing historical interests, while also acquiring new expertise in a range of exciting historical topics. Read more
Our MA course will allow you to build upon existing historical interests, while also acquiring new expertise in a range of exciting historical topics.

Why Study History with us?

The MA in History is taught by a range of different historians, all of whom possess expertise in the latest historical theories and approaches. Our academics also have broad chronological and geographical interests, which help to make this both a stimulating and varied course.

You will be able to dip into the history of the Medieval and Early Modern periods or, if you so wish, explore more recent examples of the past. British, wider European and American history also feature prominently in the course, which confirms the Department’s belief in exploring the multiplicity and variety of history.

What will I learn?

You will begin the first term by studying two core modules; one covers advanced historical research skills and the other will introduce you to key approaches to the discipline. In the second term, you will have a choice of three optional modules, which have both a thematic and chronological breadth. Finally, you will also conduct an original Research Dissertation, based on a topic of your choice, subject to the approval of your supervisors (equivalent to four modules).

How will I be taught?

Teaching is flexible, but is primarily based upon lectures, seminars and individual tutorials.

The Research Dissertation is taught through regular meetings with a dedicated research supervisor.
Each module runs for 2.5 hours per week across an eight-week period. You will also undertake 35 hours per week of guided independent study.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for the core and optional modules is via written coursework of approximately 4,000 words, comprising:
- essays
- literature reviews
- reports
- oral presentations.

Your Research Dissertation will be approximately 16,000 words in length.

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Our MRes in History offers an excellent opportunity for you to extend your range and depth of historical knowledge alongside your proficiency in research and project management. Read more
Our MRes in History offers an excellent opportunity for you to extend your range and depth of historical knowledge alongside your proficiency in research and project management. The course is ideal preparation for a PhD in History as well as a valuable qualification for those pursuing a wide range of careers.

What will I learn?

Alongside the Research Dissertation on an individual topic chosen by you, there are two core modules – Research Methods and Skills in History and Approaches to Historiography. Both core modules are designed to immerse you in the skills of historical research and literature review as preparation for undertaking the in-depth research required for the Research Dissertation.

How will I be taught?

The teaching of the core modules is flexible but is primarily based upon a weekly 2.5-hour seminar. For each module, the seminar runs across eight weeks of the first term. The Research Dissertation is taught through regular meetings with a dedicated research supervisor.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for the two core modules is via written coursework of approximately 4,000 words, comprising essays, literature reviews and oral presentations. Your Research Dissertation will be approximately 28,000 words in length.

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Taught at the University Centre Shrewsbury, this course aims to provide you with the opportunity to explore specific military themes in depth, to contribute to the wider academic debate on the relationship between the military and society, and to conduct original research. Read more
Taught at the University Centre Shrewsbury, this course aims to provide you with the opportunity to explore specific military themes in depth, to contribute to the wider academic debate on the relationship between the military and society, and to conduct original research.

In principally addressing the study of British military history, both within the European context and the wider world, the course seeks to explain why wars occur, highlight how warfare has changed through the ages, and to show how the military interacts with wider human society

The County of Shropshire and the town of Shrewsbury have a long association with the British military, and there is a wide range of relevant and accessible source material relating to the study of British military history deposited locally and regionally.

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Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, our Master's in Archaeology and Heritage Practice provides tailored training for a career in archaeological heritage. Read more
Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, our Master's in Archaeology and Heritage Practice provides tailored training for a career in archaeological heritage. This course will allow you to investigate and critically appraise how the heritage industry and museums operate and communicate, focusing on archaeological sites and collections in the UK, and using real-life projects.

Focusing on the UK but also appraising wider European and global themes and trends, our course explores how the past is managed and interpreted in contemporary society.

Our focus is on archaeological heritage, enabling you to explore museums and a wide range of other heritage contexts. We utilise field trips to explore case studies from Chester, North Wales, West Midlands and North West England.

You will have the chance to acquire advanced expertise in heritage debates and their current applications. You will also have opportunities to develop your ideas and expertise through a Research Project and a Research Dissertation and have opportunities to work with professional heritage organisations.

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This innovative MA course will challenge you to think critically about the impact of warfare on past societies and how the historical legacies of conflict resonate in our world today, and offers a broad and in-depth exploration of themes, allowing you to gain advanced expertise in historical research and scholarship. Read more
This innovative MA course will challenge you to think critically about the impact of warfare on past societies and how the historical legacies of conflict resonate in our world today, and offers a broad and in-depth exploration of themes, allowing you to gain advanced expertise in historical research and scholarship.

Why Study War, Conflict and Society with us?

The course offers an excellent opportunity to explore the social history of warfare, within a European and a global context. This broad historical narrative will provide you with the opportunity to study specific themes in depth, to understand the form and nature of warfare through the ages, and to contribute to the academic debate surrounding the relationship between conflict and society.

The County of Cheshire has had a long association with war and conflict. Chester has been the site of a siege, of convalescence and a reception centre for refugees displaced by conflict. There is a wide range of relevant source material deposited locally and in the wider North West region about this history.

What will I learn?

You will receive a firm grounding in advanced historical skills and an introduction to the key historiographical approaches in the discipline in the first term. In the second term, you will have the freedom to select three optional modules from a variety of modules. Alongside these modules (and for the duration of the year), you will work closely with a supervisor on a Research Dissertation, based on a topic of your choice.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is varied, taught by way of lectures, seminars and individual tutorials, and some modules include field trips. The Research Dissertation is structured around regular supervisory sessions.
Each module runs for 2.5 hours per week across an eight-week period. You will also undertake 35 hours per week of guided independent study.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for the core and optional modules is via coursework of approximately 4,000 words, comprising:

essays
literature reviews
primary source commentaries
oral presentations.

Your Research Dissertation will be approximately 16,000 words in length.

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Our MA in Past Landscapes and Environments is an innovative course, exploring the key theories, debates and methods used by historians and archaeologists, and it will allow you to gain advanced expertise in the research and scholarship in Past Landscapes and Environments. Read more
Our MA in Past Landscapes and Environments is an innovative course, exploring the key theories, debates and methods used by historians and archaeologists, and it will allow you to gain advanced expertise in the research and scholarship in Past Landscapes and Environments.

Why Study Past Landscapes and Environments with us?

Landscapes are created, lived in and experienced. This course offers you an interdisciplinary approach to studying how people understood the world around them.

Taught modules will give you the chance to develop your research skills, and a practical introduction to the principal techniques and forms of evidence used to study past landscapes and environments. The Research Dissertation will provide you with the opportunity to conduct independent research on a subject of your choice.

You will explore the different theoretical and methodological approaches to the subject, taking a broad chronological and geographical view of past environments and landscapes.

What will I learn?

You will begin the first term by studying two 20-credit modules covering advanced research skills and key theoretical approaches, and a 20-credit module from a range of options. In the second term, you will choose from a selection of 20-credit modules, offering thematic and chronological breadth. The Research Essay option offers a chance for independent research on a subject of your choice. The degree culminates in an original Research Dissertation of 80 credits.

How will I be taught?

The principal methods of delivery include a mixture of:
- lectures
- seminars
- practical workshops and labs
- individual tutorials
- field visits.

The Research Dissertation is taught through regular supervisory meetings.

Each module runs for 2.5 hours per week across an eight-week period. You will also undertake 35 hours per week of guided independent study.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for the core and optional modules is via written work and other methods equivalent to approximately 4,000 words per 20-credit module. The Research Dissertation will be approximately 16,000 words in length.

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In all its forms, heritage is crucial for the collective memories and sustainability of communities, as well as for the personal development of individuals. Read more
In all its forms, heritage is crucial for the collective memories and sustainability of communities, as well as for the personal development of individuals. It can also be a potent economic, environmental and political asset that can be utilised for various ends. There exists an extensive and growing interest in sustainable development and heritage management.

However, a major motivation of this course derives from the fact that there have been relatively few attempts to inform the concepts, approaches and practices of one with the other. The principal aim of this course will therefore be to examine some of the ways in which heritage destinations are utilised in an era of sustainable development - the ostensible ‘organising principle’ of the twenty-first century.

Why study Sustainable Heritage Practice at Shrewsbury?

In studying Sustainable Heritage Practice you will have access to a wide range of heritage resources and their collections across Shrewsbury and Shropshire. There are also strong links to a number of heritage organisations and their resources including English Heritage and the National Trust. With a focus on sustainable heritage practice, we aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills to operate within the broader heritage industry, including heritage and planning agencies, local authorities and international organisations, private enterprises and civic organisations.

Our course blends theory and practice, with plenty of opportunity to become involved in field studies, gaining ‘hands-on’ experience and to participate in research projects with real life outputs. Teaching methods draw on a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and field visits. You will also benefit from the contribution of heritage professionals and those working in a range of professions across the built and natural environments.

Course Structure

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree course. Please note that course structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

What will I learn?

You will be provided with the competences needed to meet the multiple challenges of contemporary heritage management; working with cultural and natural heritage, and attending to not only the survivability and inherent qualities of sites, objects and traditions, but also to the different claims and stakes that often surround them. The Sustainable Heritage Practice course will equip you through theory and practice to work in the exciting and expanding, as well as increasingly complex, heritage field. This course will train you in a uniquely interdisciplinary environment to asses, retain and sustain heritage, and to develop, revise and innovate the future shapes of the sector.

The course modules include

Research Skills in Heritage:
This provides a heritage-specific Masters-level research skills module, providing you with the necessary tools for Masters-level research in heritage and museums.

The Built Environment:
This module provides an advanced-level introduction and assessment of current debate and practices within the built environment to equip you for Masters-level research.

Heritage Practice:
Drawing on current research in heritage studies and sustainability, this module explores sustainable heritage concepts and interpretation in the contemporary cultural, socio-economic and political climate of the British Isles.

Research Project:
This is a flexible module involving staff supervision of student-led learning in the design and execution of a research project. The project will involve data acquisition and analysis of sustainable heritage concepts and practice focusing on heritage sites. This may involve a placement at a heritage site.

Dissertation:
An essential and important aspect of the course is the dissertation. It serves to provide detailed research into your chosen area of research interest. It will involve research into heritage practice and sustainable heritage.

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