The Masters in Conflict Archaeology & Heritage specialises in the archaeological approaches to battlefields and other aspects of conflict archaeology.
• MLitt: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
• PgDip 9 months full-time; 18 months part-time
• Contact: Dr Tony Pollard: [email protected]
• The programme is based within the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, which is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for the study of conflict heritage and archaeology.
• The Centre is consistently engaged in high profile fieldwork and research projects covering a wide geographical area and chronological span; the scope of research includes battlefields, memorialisation, military infrastructure, cultural resource management, etc.
• The programme’s focus on conflict landscapes makes fieldtrips an integral part of the MLitt: amongst the significant battlefields you will visit will be the iconic sites of Bannockburn and Culloden.
• Conflict sites, both ancient and modern, have come to be accepted as important elements of the world’s cultural heritage, and this programme provides an ideal grounding if you are interested in the management of these fields of conflict; the Centre has played a lead role in the development of government policy on the conservation and management of historic battlefields in Scotland.
• You will benefit from a unique portfolio of ongoing research and archive material, including artefacts, historic documents, and other resources; you will also have access to a wide range of specialist archives, museums, professional archaeological units, and scientific institutions.
The taught programme consists of three core courses which will provide a general framework for the study of conflict archaeology and heritage, accompanied by three more specialised optional courses. For the MLitt you will produce a dissertation on a specialist topic agreed with your supervisor.
Core and Optional courses
As you progress through the Conlict Archaeology and Heritage MLitt, you will take the following three core courses in Semester 1 to provide an introduction and firm foundation in the theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of conflict archaeology.
These core courses are as follows:
• Research and Professional Skills: designed to give students training and support in a wide variety of research methods tailored to their individual requirements, including library skills, humanities computing, writing and presenting papers, etc.
• The Art of War: Concepts and Theories: this course provides an introduction to the study of warfare in its various forms, ranging from prehistoric conflict up to the twentieth century, considering the impact of changing tactics and technology on the character of conflict.
• Method & Practice in Conflict Heritage: Placing the sub-discipline within the context of the wider field of landscape archaeology, this course explores the various techniques used to investigate battlefields and other conflict sites, while also considering issues of preservation and presentation within the context of cultural resource management.
Students must take three optional courses. Not all options will be available in any one year, depending on operational factors such as patterns of study leave and the evolving research interests of academic staff. A course will not normally run with less than three students. There are two optional courses currently on offer by the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology (students wishing to get most benefit from the programme are strongly advised to take both of these):
• Modern Warfare: This course covers the history and archaeology of conflicts from the modern period (19th & 20th centuries), focusing on a variety of conflicts from different regions of the world.
• British Battlefields: This course considers battlefields as culturally important sites and part of the archaeological resource with an overview of the cultural resource management of conflict sites. This will include issues such as conservation, management, and public presentation. It will also explore the various ways in which the British landscape has influenced the nature of the battles fought within it.
You will also choose at least one of the optional courses in Archaeology, History, and War Studies. Please check the relevant programmes for lists of the optional courses available.
The entry requirement for this postgraduate taught programme is a 2.1 Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in Archaeology or another relevant subject (for example Geography, Geology, History or Environmental Science); or suitable practical experience.
MLitt: Home/EU - £6800, Part time 20 credits £756, International £14500 PgDip: Home/EU - £4533, Part time 20 credits - £756, International - £9667