Taught course

Landscape Archaeology

Institution
University of Sheffield · Department of Archaeology
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in archaeology, or other humanities or science subjects. Applicants with professional experience are also considered.

Months of entry

September

Course content

About the course

Our long-established MA in Landscape Archaeology is one of the most successful in Britain. Throughout this programme, you will explore the ways in which human beings have acted upon landscape and environments, the ways in which nature has acted upon humanity, and the ways in which human perceptions of the natural world have influenced their actions. You will choose between a Research Track, incorporating a dissertation, or a Professional Track, which includes a work placement.

Your future

Each of our masters courses is designed to equip you with valuable employment skills and prepare you for your future career. If you’re seeking to move into an archaeology-related field from a different academic or employment background, our courses and supportive staff will help you to realise your ambitions and develop professionally.

Graduates from our MA and MSc courses successfully compete for some of the most sought-after archaeological posts in the world. Our courses help students to develop essential transferable skills, and upon graduation they are also in demand by a wide variety of employers outside of the sector.Many of our graduates decide to continue their studies, carrying out doctoral research in their chosen specialist field, equipped with a solid theoretical and practical grounding from which to develop their research.

World-leading expertise

The character and strength of research carried out by Sheffield’s Archaeology department is captured under the following broad themes. These reflect the range of our research and its cross-disciplinary, embedded nature:

  • Funerary Archaeology
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Cultural Materials
  • Mediterranean Archaeology

Specialist facilities

The Archaeology department is situated on the edge of the main campus, near to Sheffield’s city centre. The department houses world-class reference collections and facilities to support teaching, learning and research in a range of archaeological disciplines. Facilities include specialist lab space dedicated to teaching and research, dedicated study spaces, and a student common room.

Fieldwork opportunities

We offer you the opportunity to get involved in our research projects in the UK, Europe and further afield.

How we will teach and assess you

Our students come from all around the world and the content of our courses reflects this. You can expect a balanced timetable of lectures, seminars and practicals. Many of our masters courses also include a fieldwork or project work component. Our teaching staff are leading scholars in their field. Through their research and field projects they are active in generating new knowledge that feeds directly into their teaching.

Funding, scholarships and bursaries

If you accept a place on one of our courses, you may be eligible to apply for WRoCAH and University of Sheffield studentships. There are also a number of departmental and programme-specific scholarships available each year. See our website for details.

Part-time study

All of our postgraduate taught programmes can be taken either as an intensive one-year course or as a two-year part-time course with the exception of MA Cultural Heritage Management which is full-time only.

Core modules

Both Research and Professional Tracks: Landscapes in archaeology: methods and perspectives; Landscape Survey Project; Reinventing Archaeology.

Research Track: Research Design: Planning, Execution and Presentation, Dissertation.

Professional Track: Heritage, Place and Community; Work Placement.

Indicative optional modules

Both Research and Professional Tracks: Mediterranean Landscapes; GIS for Archaeologists; Dynamic Landscapes: Investigating ancient environments.

Research Track: Heritage, Place and Community Heritage.

Professional Track: History and Identity.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

If you accept a place, and you don’t have a full scholarship from any other source, you may be considered for the Robert Kiln Bursary for Landscape Archaeology (worth £1,500).

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Email
archaeology@sheffield.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 114 222 2900