MA/Diploma Landscape Archaeology by distance learning

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This two-year distance learning programme gives you a thorough knowledge of current approaches to the archaeological investigation and interpretation of past landscapes, and to the collection, analysis, management and application of spatial data in archaeological research and professional archaeology and related fields. This programme is ideal if you require a foundation for further research or a vocational qualification for professional development or specialisation.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Distance learning

Study Options: Distance learning, part time

Duration: 24 months

Start date: September


You will study four core modules on landscape archaeology theory and method, GIS, virtual landscapes, and case studies in landscape archaeology. The core modules cover the theoretical, methodological and technical foundations of landscape archaeology, thematic interpretative frameworks, contemporary GIS, mapping and visualization techniques and critical approaches to the investigation and interpretation of past landscapes. In addition, you will choose two optional modules from a range of topics including field survey (which includes a one-week field school at Birmingham) and advanced GIS and spatial analysis.

Masters students also undertake a 15,000-word dissertation. Diploma students may request to upgrade to this level. The dissertation is your opportunity to undertake a significant piece of independent research on a subject of your choosing guided by an academic supervisor.

Why study this course

The main advantage of studying by distance learning is the flexibility. You can study at home, in your own time and at your own pace, so you can combine achieving a qualification with other commitments.

In particular, studying by distance learning has the benefit of allowing you to develop your career without having to leave employment. It also means that you can apply new knowledge and insights to your working life while you are still studying; many students choose to tackle work-related topics in their dissertations.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2015/16 are as follows:

  • MA: £3,645 part-time
  • Diploma: £2,430 part-time

The above fee quoted is for year one only and tuition fees will also be payable in year two of your programme.

Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments. Learn more about postgraduate tuition fees and funding.

Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirement for the MA is an undergraduate degree at 2.1 or equivalent, or other relevant experience. For entry to the Diploma the normal entrance requirement is an undergraduate degree at 2.2 or equivalent. We will also consider professional qualifications and experience for Diploma entry.

Learn more about entry requirements

International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and teaching

Our study materials are produced by academic staff in the relevant specialist areas and are available online through the University's 'virtual learning environment'.

Although much of the course is delivered through the virtual learning environment, support is always available. You will have a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor to guide you and answer any questions, and you have access to a wide range of online resources too including the university’s e-library collections.

You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.

Support with academic writing

As a postgraduate student in the College of Arts and Law, you have access to the Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) which aims to help your transition from undergraduate to taught Masters level, or back into academia after time away. The service offers guidance on writing assignments and dissertations for your MA/MSc programme with individual support from an academic writing advisor via tutorials, email and the provision of online materials.

International students can access support through the English for International Students Unit (EISU).


Graduates with a postgraduate degree in Archaeology can boast a wide combination of skills that can be applied in many types of work and which employers regard very positively. That’s why historically, over 91% of our postgraduates have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.