Taught course

Archaeological Computing (Virtual pasts)

University of Southampton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

Degree First- or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in Archaeology, Anthropology, or related subject English Language IELTS 6.5, or equivalent in other approved English language test. For further information, please see our website.

Months of entry


Course content

Computers and information technology are increasingly important tools for both researching and managing archaeological materials. Taught within the internationally known research environment of the Southampton Archaeological Computing Research Group, in common with the MSc Archaeological Computing (GIS and Survey), this course will provide instruction in a wide range of computing skills that are used within archaeology including multimedia technologies, databases, WWW and electronic publication.

As archaeologists and other heritage professionals have become increasingly involved in the construction and presentation of increasingly complex and influential 'virtual pasts' so the need for qualified researchers and practitioners has increased. This course, in addition to providing a broad range of transferable skills, offers a means to obtain 'virtual archaeology' skills. In addition it concentrates on the theory and practice of generating three-dimensional computer graphic models based on archaeological data, the theoretical implications of archaeological visualisations, computer aided design principles for three-dimensional design, architecture, animation and visualisation and emerging technologies including virtual reality. All are dealt with in terms both of their use in computer systems and their role in archaeology, and build on the expertise and hardware, and the specialist CGI, GIS and other software of the Archaeological Computing Research Group.

Assessment methods: This programme is divided into 180 credits. 105 credits are obtained from taught modules with the remaining 75 credits relating to the dissertation (25,000 words).

Modules: Archaeological computing systems; constructing virtual pasts; core computing for archaeology; research skills; plus 2 modules from: archaeological geophysics; CAD for archaeology; multimedia methods in archaeology; another archaeology module; plus a dissertation.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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