The MSc in Archaeological Information Systems is designed for people who have a basic grounding in computer literacy and an interest in archaeology and heritage, and who wish to follow vocational training in archaeological information systems.
Whilst providing a broad background to the subject, there is the possibility through the placement and dissertation to specialise in a technique or type of approach that is of particular appeal and to gain valuable practical experience.
Staff involved with MSc teaching are listed below, with their current research interests in archaeological computing.
Excellent research computing facilities are available within the Department of Archaeology, including a well-equipped spatial computing laboratory, with plotters, digitisers and scanners.
The Archaeology Data Service and the e-journal Internet Archaeology are both hosted in the Department of Archaeology and several members of departmental staff also have significant ongoing research interests in computer applications, making York one of the largest centres for research into archaeological computing in the United Kingdom.
Other facilities for all Masters students include:
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.
This programme is also available for study for a Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate in Archaeological Information Systems.
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.
When you complete the course, you will:
Many of our graduates go onto careers in archaeological computing, working in contract units, county-based Historic Environment Records, or founding their own consultancy businesses. Some apply their computing skills in a more mainstream archaeological work, in museums, or in the wider world. Some pursue further research at doctoral level.
The AIS course is a MUST for anyone wishing to pursue a career in any aspect of ‘digital archaeology’. The blend of practical application and theory, together with superb teaching and facilities, equip you with the skills needed to embark upon a successful career both academically and commercially.
Geoff Arnott, MSc Archaeological Information Systems 2006-7; Director, Heritage Technology Ltd. 2008-