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 be possible to join the programme based on extensive relevant work experience corresponding in level to an 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

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The rapid growth of survey and visualisation technologies is transforming the nature of landscape archaeology. At the same time there are mounting pressures on landscapes from multiple factors including agriculture, forestry, recreation, urban expansion and climate change all of which demand an integrative approach to management and conservation.

This course will equip you with innovative skills and tools to respond to those pressures and offers an innovative, dynamic and research-informed programme that critically considers the idea of landscape and contemporary issues, challenges and developments in Landscape Archaeology.

You will be provided with a robust philosophical, theoretical and ethical framework for exploring, recording and managing landscapes of archaeological and heritage significance. This includes engaging with the practice of Landscape Archaeology in the UK and internationally, in the light of rapid technological and methodological change.

From this course you will gain a toolbox of skills ranging from landscape survey and recording to Remote Sensing, Geophysics and the Digital Landscape. You will also be introduced to key landscape shaping processes, particularly the integrated understanding and management of ‘natural’ and ‘cultural’ elements in the landscape.

You will apply that knowledge creatively to the analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of evidence through case-studies of complex landscapes ranging from the Prehistoric & Roman through the Mediaeval to the Post-Mediaeval and Industrial periods.

The ability to integrate investigation, understanding and management of cultural and natural landscapes is a sound preparation for careers, or further research, in landscape archaeology, heritage and history. Such skills are also highly transferable and could provide a stepping stone to careers within the wider environmental, countryside management and landward professions.

This programme can be taken full-time in one year, part-time in two years or by credit accumulation over a maximum period of four years. Our aim is to provide flexible learning that can be integrated into busy working lives.

Delivery is by blended learning using intensive tuition-days interspersed with guided and independent online learning supported by group-work, seminars, tutorials and mentoring. It emphasises an exciting hands-on collaborative learning style where students are encouraged and enabled to contribute to knowledge generation. The goal is to grow confidence and support your transition to a professional role or to further research.

The programme tutors are experienced Landscape Archaeologists drawn from academia and professional practice supported by our Professional Fellows who are embedded in historic environment organisations.

Course structure

The programme consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation or professional product. Six of the taught modules form a compulsory core to which are added a further two option-modules from a slate of three available courses. Module assessments are very varied but all involve different forms of course work.

In addition to the taught modules you will produce an academic dissertation which will engage you in the production of new knowledge through a substantial piece of research. The dissertation will be driven by your interests and career goals – it allows you to showcase the skills you have acquired and can provide a springboard to further research or to employment.

The programme involves extensive collaboration with governmental, charitable and commercial organisations working in Landscape Archaeology. This includes guided visits to case study locations, guest lectures, seminars and workshops, research projects and professional contributions such as mentoring. The input from heritage professionals will be invaluable in helping you develop a grounded, reflective, approach to your career.

Industry endorsement

The programme is undertaken in partnership with Wessex Archaeology,

Wessex Archaeology have been closely involved in the design of the programme and several of their staff are CHI Professional Fellows.

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

Professor Mark Horton