Taught course

Archaeological Practice

University of Lincoln · Lincoln School of Humanities and Heritage

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or experience in the archaeological or heritage sectors.

Experience in the archaeological or heritage sectors may include professional, commercial, local authority, research or charitable positions. This may include paid employment (including in commercial archaeological companies, museums, and other formally constituted heritage organisations), or sustained voluntary experience in the archaeological or heritage sector (including community projects and museums).

A proven track record (including in professional employment) where you have demonstrated the skills and aptitudes needed to successfully complete the course, which could include (but are not limited to) skills in written and verbal communication, digital technology (including standard word processing and remote communications packages), time management, problem-solving, reflective learning, creative thinking, and critical analysis.

Months of entry


Course content

Archaeology offers a fascinating, varied, and worthwhile career with opportunities to make, analyse, and interpret new discoveries from the past, which can be marvelled at today and preserved for the future.

There is high demand for archaeologists in the UK and Lincoln's new MSc Archaeological Practice has been designed to provide a route into professional archaeological practice for those with a degree in an alternative subject, or those with equivalent skills or experience wanting to change career.

This Master's programme offers a broad-ranging introduction to UK archaeology where students can gain practical experience, undertake a three-month placement, and produce a dissertation, while benefiting from expert teaching in a beautiful and historic city.

This programme offers students a broad intellectual and practical introduction to UK archaeology up to a level needed for entry to professional archaeological practice. Based in the centre of the internationally renowned Roman and medieval city of Lincoln with its rich archaeological heritage, students will also have access to the University's nearby estate at Risheholme, a multi-period historic site spanning prehistory to the present day.

Assuming no prior archaeological study or experience, the programme offers students a wide-ranging critical understanding of the current state of knowledge of key periods (from earliest human occupation to the present day), methods, techniques, and theoretical approaches, supplemented by a three-month placement to gain practical skills and experience, and completion of a dissertation or post-excavation report on a commercial project.

The course comprises four compulsory modules including a practical placement and a dissertation. All modules have been tailored to the requirements of engaged learning and professional practice.

Students will also be supported to complete their Construction Site Safety Certificate and BAJR archaeological skills passport, required/valued for trainee archaeologists on commercial sites. Please note that there may be small additional costs related to completion of associated online tests and the BAJR archaeological skills passport.

Information for international students

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page:


If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses.


These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Fees and funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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