Taught course

Past Landscapes and Environments

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Department of History and Archaeology