Taught course

Archaeological and Heritage Practice

Royal Agricultural University · Royal Agricultural University

Entry requirements

Applicants should usually possess a degree in subject areas related to heritage, archaeology, history, land management, planning or geography at Lower Second (2.2) or higher. If you have no formal qualifications it may also be possible to join the programme based on extensive relevant work experience corresponding in level to a relevant undergraduate honours degree. In all cases entry is subject to a satisfactory interview either in person or via Skype/Zoom or similar platforms.

Months of entry


Course content

Our past is all around us. This dynamic programme is about the discovery, investigation, recording and interpretation of that past. The course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to work effectively in applied Archaeology and Heritage across the commercial, charitable and governmental heritage sector.

*Subject to validation

Designed in collaboration with professional archaeologists and heritage managers, and with tutors drawn from across industry and academia, this course provides a distinctive and balanced insight into the operation of the heritage sector while helping you identify and gain the knowledge and transferable skills which will boost your career.

You will benefit from a programme that critically considers contemporary issues, challenges and developments in archaeology and heritage, providing you with a robust philosophical, theoretical and ethical framework. You will gain a toolbox of skills from project management to remote sensing to the recording and analysis of historic buildings. This will help you to engage with the practice of archaeology in the UK and Internationally and adapt to rapid social, economic and environmental change.

Overall the programme will prepare you for, or further develop, a career in archaeology and applied heritage through reflective practice, the growth of intellectual skills and an ethos of life-long learning. You will be able to demonstrate adaptability, initiative and originality alongside accountability, integrity and ethical judgement.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Geraint Coles