Part I (PG Cert, PG Dip & MA)
Archaeological Research Methods (30 credits; compulsory)
This module provides students with a detailed understanding of current archaeological research, theoretical perspectives, research agendas and knowledge production. The aim is to equip students with the intellectual skills to synthesise, contextualise and interpret primary archaeological data within relevant theoretical frameworks.
Practical Skills for the Archaeologist (30 credits; optional)
This module is a hands-on laboratory-based module which encourages students to develop the necessary skills to handle, analyse and interpret a variety of archaeological data, both environmental and anthropogenic. It provides students with a detailed understanding of how key questions about the past might be addressed through the processing, analysis and interpretation of a diverse range of archaeological materials. Students also develop the skills needed to present their findings in a variety of media including archaeological reports.
Archaeological Project Design and Delivery (30 credits; optional)
This module provides fundamental skills in project design and management. The module examines legal requirements, professional standards and guidelines relevant to investigation and the processing, publication and storage of data and materials. It considers the different roles of clients, stakeholders and project team members and how to ensure effective communication between them.
Heritage in the Political World: Communities and Comparative Aspects (30 credits; optional)
This module explores the connections between heritage activity and the socio-political contexts in which it is undertaken. Students interrogate how the past is conceived, created and represented in (and by) different social agents (individuals, communities, heritage organisations. The module develops a critical understanding of concepts and theories relating to the creation and representation of tangible and intangible heritage and explores and public engagement with these heritage materials. (optional)
Unravelling Heritage: History, Theory and Methods (30 credits; optional)
This module enables students to explore the connections between Heritage activity and the political, legal and institutional contexts in which it is undertaken and to investigate how the past is conceived and represented in (and by) various Heritage agencies and providers. The module covers various methodologies, approaches and ethical issues faced in Heritage Studies and provides a critical understanding of the political, legal and institutional frameworks within which Heritage is conceived and practised.
Introduction to Digital Humanities (30 credits; optional)
This module is a practical skills-based module. It engages with new forms of historical enquiry supported by emerging digital humanities. Students will acquire basic skills in programming, web design, database construction and XML. In exploring the design, creation, management and use of digital resources in the humanities students will interrogate the potential usefulness and limitations in historical research.
Work Placement (30 credits; optional)
This module gives students the opportunity to work in the heritage/museum (and related) industry for up to 4 weeks. Students develop a critical understanding of work-related issues and an awareness of professional standards and make a valid contribution to the aims, objectives or of the organisation or practitioner concerned.
Part II (MA)
MA Dissertation Archaeological Practice (60 credits; compulsory)
In Part Two, students are given the opportunity to research in detail a topic which has particularly appealed to them and write an extended dissertation (for 60 credits). Students will be allocated a supervisor to help guide them through their dissertations.