Taught course

Past Landscapes and Environments

University of Chester · Department of History and Archaeology

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in archaeology, history or any relevant discipline 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

Our MA in Past Landscapes and Environments is an innovative course, exploring the key theories, debates and methods used by historians and archaeologists.To study past landscapes and environments is to explore the interactions between people and the world they inhabit. At Chester, our innovative MA course aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue this fascinating subject, whether your background is in history, archaeology or another humanities subject.

Why study Past Landscapes and Environments with us?

This course will introduce you to the principal theoretical and practical approaches to past landscapes and environments, drawing on current research from across the humanities. Topics are taught thematically and address a range of issues, from the structuring of space in urban environments and the construction of monumental architecture, to the relationship between humans and the environment.

We take a broad chronological and geographic perspective, providing you with cross-cultural perspectives on key topics. The result is a truly multidisciplinary course suitable for those from an archaeological or historical background and relevant both for further academic study and professional development.

How will I be taught?

The principal methods of delivery include a mixture of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and labs, individual tutorials, and field visits.

The Research Dissertation is taught through regular supervisory meetings. 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.

How will I be assessed?

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