The MSc in Digital Archaeology provides practical experience and a broad foundation in computing applications that is highly valued in the heritage sector.
Digital archives are a rich resource for knowledge preservation, exchange and dissemination. Digital technologies offer us new ways to understand, interpret and model the past.
In studying Digital Archaeology at York you will join a department that has been at the forefront of researching and developing archaeological computing applications since the early days of digital practice in the field. We host Internet Archaeology, the first online peer-reviewed e-journal for archaeology. We also house the Archaeological Data Service, the largest and oldest repository for archaeological data in the world.
You'll have access to a full suite of research computing hardware and software and develop knowledge of internet applications, database design and management, Graphics Information System (GIS) technology, CAD and computer modelling systems.
Informality is one of our distinctive qualities - the atmosphere in our department is friendly, supportive and enthusiastic. We want you to develop your potential and thrive at York.
With historic buildings and significant remains from the Roman, Viking and Medieval periods, York has an impressive concentration of archaeology.
The MSc in Digital Archaeology is a one year course with core modules that will give you a secure grounding in the digital technologies used for disseminating, publishing and archiving archaeological information, and the analysis and visualisation of archaeological data. These are powerful methodological and analytical tools used across all aspects of archaeological practice, giving you the applied technical skills to flourish in the field of archaeological discovery.
You'll take two option modules from the wide range available to all Archaeology Masters students, allowing you to delve deep into the areas of archaeology that most interest you. You'll also take four shorter modules that will allow you to develop your research skills, before producing an 15-20,000 word dissertation and an assessed lecture on your dissertation topic.
At the end of your second term you'll have the opportunity to gain first hand practical experience through a student placement at a professional archaeological organisation. Placements are offered by organisations including museums, heritage centres and local planning authorities. Although optional, most of our students take up a work placement, as it provides invaluable experience highly sought after in the sector.
You will take a total of 180 credits in the course of your degree, including 40 credits of core modules, 60 credits of option modules and an 80 credit Independent Study Module.
You will choose two 20 credit modules from a wide range, including:
You will also choose four five-credit skills modules from a range including:
You will then complete a dissertation and give an assessed lecture as part of the Independent Study Module in the final term.
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
You'll complete a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation, which will allow you to demonstrate your skills in research as well as applying insights from the taught modules. Under the guidance of one or more members of our academic staff you'll be able to develop independent research on a topic of your own choosing.
Examples of previous dissertation topics include:
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.
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, equips you with the skills needed to embark upon a successful career both academically and commercially.Geoff Arnott, Director, Heritage Technology Ltd
|Full-time (1 year)||£7,810||£17,370|
|Part-time (2 years)
Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
year 1 fee
year 1 fee
|Part-time (3 years)
Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
year 1 fee
year 1 fee
Students on a 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).
We don't anticipate there being any additional fees associated with this course. All books and resources you need will be available in the library or online and it isn't mandatory that you buy your own copies. You may wish to set aside a small budget for photocopying, depending on how you like to work.
Field trips are funded by the Department at no additional cost to you.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.
Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.
If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
See the departmental funding pages for more information on funding options.
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.
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.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, practicals, seminars and tutorials. In the Summer Term you will develop your research and presentation skills by producing a dissertation and giving an assessed lecture. You will also have the opportunity to gain valuable experience through a student placement in the professional archaeology sector.
There are two dedicated computer labs at King’s Manor with a range of imaging software, including 3D Studio Max, AgiSoft Photoscan, ArcGIS, AutoCAD and the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.
The department has equipment available for student use including total stations, handheld and differential GPS, drones, Go-Pro cameras, magnetometers, ground penetrating radar, resistivity meters, video-ready DSLR cameras, microphones, an RTI dome and other photography kit.
The Department of Archaeology is based in King's Manor, at the centre of the city of York. The majority of your teaching will take place there within the Department, with a small amount taking place in Vanbrugh College on Campus West.
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.
You will be assessed through essays and practical work including 3D models, websites, films and other forms of digital imaging. Some optional modules assess oral presentations, museum exhibition strategies or other multimedia output. You will also complete a dissertation and assessed lecture based on your dissertation.
This course offers practical, career-focused training for many essential roles in the professional world of archaeology. By the end of the course you will:
You should have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent.
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability:
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 IELTS 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.
You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.
Get in touch if you have any questions
We offer a range of campus accommodation to suit you and your budget, from economy to premium.
Explore campus and city life and hear what our current students have to say about living here.
Lively, full of culture and beautiful, York is regularly voted one of the best places to live and visit in the UK.