Explore topical issues ranging from human-environment interaction to rock art in the landscape, with unparallelled access to rich natural resources for landscape study in the Yorkshire Moors, Dales and Wolds.
Gain a unique perspective on landscape archaeology as you focus on human ecology and the interactions of people with their environments. You'll examine case studies from many different periods and areas around the world to understand different approaches to the study of landscape change. You'll also investigate the varying lifeways of humans through the ages, and how people have interacted with the natural world since early prehistory.
With guidance from leading researchers and experienced academics, you'll develop your understanding of the recognition, recording, interpretation and conservation of archaeological landscapes and build key practical skills in surveying, GIS, geoarchaeology and aerial photography.
We were ranked 5th for research impact in Times Higher Education's ranking of the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
York is the UK's archaeological capital. You'll be based in King's Manor, a beautiful Medieval building at the heart of the city.
You'll study two core modules, examining approaches to landscape archaeology and addressing issues and methodologies of interpreting the cultural landscape. You'll develop a detailed understanding of the key themes in prehistoric archaeology, such as human-environment interaction, ideas of marginality and the nature of power and ideology in the landscape.
Option modules will allow you to tailor your degree to your individual interests, and explore related avenues. You'll also develop your research skills with a variety of both wide-ranging and specialist modules.
The Summer Term and vacation will be dedicated to researching and writing your dissertation. You'll also give an assessed lecture on your dissertation topic.
You will study two further 20-credit modules and four 5-credit 'skills' modules from our full range of options. Examples include:
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.
You will carry out a piece of original independent research, using appropriate disciplinary skills in an imaginative way. You'll be assessed with a dissertation and assessed lecture (80 credits) on your research.
You will have regular meetings with your supervisor who will offer support, guidance and encouragement throughout the dissertation writing process.
Examples of recent dissertation titles have included:
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
One of the most fulfilling aspects of this course were the skills modules on topics such as remote sensing and aerial photography. The application of the skills that I learnt in these modules has greatly enhanced my current work and will continue to do so in the future.Jessica, MA Prehistoric Landscape Archaeology
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£8,440||£18,700|
|Part-time (2 years)
This is the year 1 fee. Fees for future years are subject to confirmation.
|Part-time (3 years)
This is the year 1 fee. Fees for future years are subject to confirmation.
Students on a Student Visa (formerly Tier 4 Visa) are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.
For courses which are longer than one year, the tuition fees quoted are for the first year of study. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase (no more than 2% each year).
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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
The course was enjoyable and engaging. The wide range of modules allowed me to tailor my study to areas relevant to my own interests, and encouraged me to advance my own areas of research.Martyn, MA Prehistoric Landscape Archaeology
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
We've made some changes to the way our courses are delivered to minimise potential disruption from the ongoing global pandemic.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, with an emphasis on student led-discussion and presentations. You'll also partake in field trips, where you'll undertake first-hand research.
At York, you'll have access to a huge range of unique facilities.
In King's Manor, we have:
On Campus West, near the Environment Building, we also have our own purpose-built Bioarchaeology labs. A dedicated experimental archaeology centre is located nearby. You'll also have full access to the main campus library and other University resources, including the Borthwick Institute for Archives.
The Department of Archaeology is located in King's Manor, in the city centre. Most of your teaching will take place here. Our BioArCh and Palaeo facilities are located in or near the Environment Building on Campus West, around 30 minutes walk from the King's Manor.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
Core modules will be assessed through the submission of essays. As well as extended independent study, your dissertation will require you to present your research in an assessed lecture.
Other assessment methods will vary according to the modues you choose, but could include practical exams, coursework, portfolios or reports.
This course will build up your knowledge and understanding of research methods, as well as providing a thorough grounding in the fundamental concepts, techniques and current debates relevant to landscape archaeology. You'll be able to understand and critically assess information sources, gather and organise information and arguments to form independent and develop presentation skills through the delivery of seminar papers on a diverse range of topics.
All of these skills are applicable to wide range of careers in archaeology, landscape conservation and beyond, as well as further study, research and academia.
Previous graduates have gone on to work in:
I’m now working for a geotechnical engineering company in Canada, where I have the opportunity to do a little bit of everything: excavation, artefact analysis, research and report writing. My time at York allowed me to develop a great combination of practical field techniques, as well as research and writing skills, that have enabled me to take on new opportunities and succeed.Kendra, MA Prehistoric Landscape Archaeology
Project archaeologist, Golder Associates Ltd (Canada)
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent in Archaeology, Anthropology or a related field. We also consider applicants who have a 2:2 degree and relevant work experience.|
|Other qualifications and experience||Mature students or those with less conventional qualifications but with relevant experience in this field will be considered. To find out if your professional experience or qualifications are appropriate, please contact the Course Director.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
You will need to submit examples of written work with your application. Please see our guidance on submitting written work.
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, minimum 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, minimum 176 in Writing and 169 in all other components|
|Duolingo||110, minimum 110 in production and 100 in all other components|
|PTE Academic||61, minimum 61 in Writing and 55 in all other components|
|TOEFL||87, minimum 23 in Writing and 21 in all other components|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all components|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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