Taught course

Prehistoric Landscape Archaeology

University of York · Department of Archaeology

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Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you will need:

  • A good honours degree (upper second or first class) or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution in archaeology or a related subject; or
  • For non-graduate applicants, three years’ practical experience in the conservation or management of landscapes.

Months of entry


Course content

This course offers a unique perspective on landscape archaeology, focusing on human ecology and the interactions of people with their environments. It takes you beyond isolated archaeological sites, buildings or artefacts to explore their context in the wider landscape. You will investigate the varying lifeways of humans through the ages, and how people have interacted with the natural world since early prehistory.

  • Study landscape archaeology from the perspective of human ecology – from early prehistory to the 19th century
  • Explore topical issues ranging from human-environment interaction to rock art in the landscape
  • Access the region’s rich natural resources for landscape study in the Yorkshire Moors, Dales and Wolds
  • Learn from world-leading researchers in landscape archaeology
  • Use the latest techniques to build key practical skills in surveying, GIS, geoarchaeology and aerial photography
  • Receive careers and research advice from knowledgeable and experienced staff

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 323963