Taught course

Archaeology and Heritage Practice

University of Chester · Department of History and Archaeology

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent qualification is required.

Consideration will be given to those who hold a lower classification who can demonstrate they are capable of performing at the level required to complete the course successfully.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

The Master's in Archaeology and Heritage Practice provides tailored training for a career in archaeological heritage. How is the archaeological past managed and interpreted in the UK today? Our MA in Archaeology and Heritage Practice 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.

Why study Archaeology and Heritage Practice with us?

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, the 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.

How will I be taught?

The principal methods of delivery will be a mixture of lectures, seminars, individual tutorials and field visits to archaeological and heritage sites.

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.

The Research Project and Research Dissertation are taught through regular supervisory meetings.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via written work and other methods equivalent to approximately 4,000 words per module. The Research Project is assessed by an 8,000-word report, while your Research Dissertation will be approximately 16,000 words in length.

Fees and funding

International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 - 36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Department of History and Archaeology