The MA in Historic Landscape Studies is designed to integrate the recording, interpretation, appreciation and conservation of historic landscapes in all their diversity. The historic landscape has become increasingly important within contemporary archaeology, which recognises its central role within agendas related to planning, heritage and environmental change. The need to understand how the landscape has developed, changed, how it has been used, exploited and re-shaped is more urgent than ever. It is also a central element to understanding how the past shapes the present, in terms of understanding the landscapes we inhabit as well as understanding how the archaeological resource as a whole has been created and destroyed over the centuries.
This innovative course brings together experts in field archaeology, environmental archaeology, agrarian landscapes and parks and gardens. The result is a comprehensive course that addresses the themes and issues encountered by academics, conservationists and professional archaeologists attempting to undertake the recording, interpretation and conservation of these landscapes.
Julian Richards: Head of Department, is a specialist in the archaeology of Anglo-Saxon and Viking Age England, especially mortuary behaviour and settlement evolution. He has recently completed a series of excavations at the Anglian and Anglo-Scandinavian "productive" site at Cottam, and is now working on a Scandinavian cemetery at Heath Wood, Ingleby.
Elements of the course are taught by experts from the city and region.
The introduction to medieval documents for archaeologists is taught by Chris Webb and his colleagues from the internationally renowned Borthwick Institute for Historical Research. The programme also benefits from its involvement with the Centre for Medieval Studies, which is the foremost interdisciplinary research centre for the medieval period.
Over the autumn and spring terms you will take:
In the summer you will carry out research for your dissertation and give an Assessed Lecture on your dissertation topic.
Whilst we endeavour to give everyone their first choice on modules, please note that this cannot always be guaranteed. Please be aware that certain skills modules are required by particular programmes, and so may be more over-subscribed than others. Please see the Full modules list for scheduling information on option and skills modules, as some run concurrently.
First, check our How to apply page, which explains what information the Department needs from you.
I thoroughly enjoyed the year and feel enlightened...I have developed some useful skills