Taught course

Landscape Management and Environmental Archaeology

Institution
University of Wales Trinity Saint David · School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology
Qualifications
MAPGCertPGDipMRes

Entry requirements

The normal minimum requirement for admission is a Bachelor’s degree, with good II.1 honours, or equivalent. However as part of an inclusive approach to learning we encourage students from non traditional entry points or without recognised educational backgrounds but who have an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant relevant professional experience to apply. In such cases the programme leader may ask for a telephone/ skype conversation or request evidence in the form of a piece of work, report, analysis of some sort to satisfy themselves that each student is able to fulfil their potential on the course..

Months of entry

October

Course content

The MA Landscape Management and Environmental Archaeology programme is targeted on skills areas that are linked to the needs of the regional labour market and relate to one of the four ministerial priority areas identified by the Welsh Assembly Government, that of Environmental Management and Energy.

The aim of the scheme is to take high calibre individuals with diverse but appropriate backgrounds (from first degree graduates or through experiential learning and returning to education) and develop the individual giving them a skill set that will make them more desirable as future employees within the local employment market.

The MA programme is taught within the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, and seeks to embed the student experience into a range of landscapes, both wild and managed, and environments within Wales where unique and particular landscapes are encountered. Many, but by no means all, employment opportunities are focused on the conservation, preservation, exploitation or manipulation of the natural resources.

Industries based on tourism, cultural heritage and sustainability, to name a few, are prime destinations within Wales (and beyond) for graduates from this programme of study. Integral to this is an understanding of what archaeological evidence survives, and what methods and techniques can be used to explore and explain both past and present human relationships to these landscapes and environments. As part of this scheme students undertake a minimum of four weeks voluntary experience with a host organisation as a work placement. This gives students direct experience of a relevant working environment and has proved beneficial to students, the host organisations and the School of Archaeology History and Anthropology. When in a work placement students make a contribution to the objectives of the host organisation.

Along with the emphasis on ‘employability’, students engage in a rigorous academic training grounded in the discipline that is Archaeology. Students are schooled in the concepts and practices required to undertake good academic research. Field and laboratory experiences underpinned with both legal and theoretical frameworks are core attributes of this scheme. Core staff teaching the scheme are actively engaged with a wide range of professional bodies, undertaking contract research, acting as advisors, or are recognised specialists in their field.

Such staff operate at the crossing point of archaeology as an academic discipline and industry and community. The programme benefits considerably from the experience and expertise of UWLAS (University of Wales, Lampeter Archaeological Services) which provides a professional consultancy service across a range of areas including dendrochronology, pollen analysis, archaeozoology, quaternary stratigraphy, soils and sediments analysis


Typical modules

  • British Landscape and Environmental Field Class
  • Research Methodologies
  • Heritage Project Management in the Modern World
  • Advanced Palaeoenvironmental Methods
  • Work Placement
  • Dissertation

Qualification and course duration

MA

distance learning
24-48 months
full time
24 months
part time
36-48 months

PGCert

full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
12-24 months

PGDip

distance learning
12-36 months
full time
12-18 months
part time
24-36 months

MRes

full time
24 months
distance learning
24-48 months
part time
36-48 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations18
Written coursework / continuous assessment49
Dissertation33 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Dr. Ros Coard
Email
r.coard@uwtsd.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1570 422351