Archaeological Survey and Landscape

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The course is being introduced due to a perceived demand in both commercial and academic archaeology for skilled practitioners and researchers in archaeological fieldwork. In particular students will learn a number of vocational survey skills, the theory and practical applications behind them, and the theoretical and practical implications of archaeological survey on the archaeological landscape and historic environment. The programme consists of six modules, covering the main aspects of archaeological survey; archaeological survey and recording (including survey of the built environment), archaeological geophysics, and archaeological field evaluation. In addition students will take modules in Core Computing and Geographical Information Systems, and the Research Skills module. The final component of the course is formed by a dissertation, for which students will be expected to work on a research topic that combines various methods of evaluation and survey.


The MA and MSc options are defined by two streams within the coursework represented by more theoretical and research-based modules and more computing-based and data processing-based options respectively. The nature of the dissertation work would also define the stream of the programme followed by individual students.

The programme includes six taught modules and a dissertation. Three core modules are normally compulsory.

Practical training:
Some of the modules include practical modules. Students will undertake some fieldwork components during the Easter and summer vacations.

Year 1
Students may also take an Individually Negotiated Topic in either semester one or two, ARCH6072

Semester One
Students taking the MA route must take ARCH6098, they can choose their options from ARCH6054, SOES6063, ARCH6092 or any other MA module offered by Humanities.
Students taking the MSc must take ARCH6098, they can choose their options from ARCH6054, SOES6063 or any other module offered by Humanities.

Students wishing to take non-Archaeology module must consult their MA Convenor in the first instance.

Compulsory: ARCH6098Desk-Based Archaeological Evaluation and the Historic Environment Optional: ARCH6054Core Computing for ArchaeologySOES6063Marine GeoArchaeology Semester Two
Students taking the MA route must take either ARCH6084 or ARCH6097 and ARCH6090, they can choose their options from ARCH6084, ARCH6097, ARCH6012 or any other MA module offered by Humanities.
Students taking the MSc must take either ARCH6084 or ARCH6097, they can choose their options from ARCH6084, ARCH6097, ARCH6082, ARCH6101, ARCH6083 or any other module offered by Humanities.

Students wishing to take non-Archaeology module must consult their MA Convenor in the first instance.

Compulsory: ARCH6084Archaeological GeophysicsARCH6097Advanced Archaeological Survey Optional: ARCH6082Computer Aided Design for ArchaeologyARCH6083Archaeological Mapping with GISARCH6084Archaeological GeophysicsARCH6090Intellectual MethodologiesARCH6097Advanced Archaeological SurveyARCH6012Archaeology Under WaterARCH6101Spatial Technology and Archaeology Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide).

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We offer a large variety of postgraduate studentships, bursaries and sponsorship for which UK and EU students may be eligible.

Financial support

There are several sources of funding to help you through your studies

For details, see the Key Facts for each taught course or research programme, or browse through the Postgraduate Studentships and Bursaries offered by each Academic School or Research Centre.

PhD Studentships
Details of current PhD studentships are advertised on the Universitys current job vacancies page.

Sponsorship
Sponsorship is available for some masters and doctoral programmes.

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Research Council Funding
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Competition for these awards is intense and you should apply as early as you can. For some of our postgraduate programmes you may need confirmation that you have been awarded funding before you can register as a postgraduate.

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Loans are available for between £300 and £10,000 and no repayments are made during the period of study and for up to one month afterwards. The Learning and Skills Council pays the interest during this time after which the student is responsible for repaying the loan and any further interest to the bank. Find out more about Career Development Loans.

Other sources of funding
It is also worth researching alternative sources of funding if none of the above are applicable.

International Scholarships
We offer some subject-specific scholarships and bursaries to international students. In addition to these, many international organisations offer financial assistance. Eligibility criteria vary depending on the scholarship scheme.

Scholarships for international students may cover all or part of the full cost of studying abroad. You will usually need to provide an offer letter from the University when applying for a scholarship. For this reason, it is very important to start all the arrangements at least one year prior to the start of your studies.

International scholarship details
* Scholarships for Masters students
* Scholarships for Research students
* Scholarships for Undergraduate students

Further information
* Our individual country pages include information on country-specific scholarships
* Other sources of international scholarships are listed below: * British Council
* Community of Science UK Funding Opportunities
* Studentmoney.org
* The Association of Commonwealth Universities
* Science Without Borders

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