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MA in Community Archaeology

MA in Community Archaeology

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About The Course

Key Facts

Award: MA
Start date: October
Typical offer: Obtained, or predicted to obtain, normally an undergraduate honours degree in a Humanities or Social Sciences subject (or equivalent)
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This course gives you the opportunity to take part in community-based projects, focussed case studies and applied research. You will consider community archaeology in a range of local and national contexts. Your studies will encourage you to engage with and study a variety of archaeology projects and organisations. The course will help develop the knowledge, skills and networks that will assist you in your career.

Delivered flexibly through campus-based and on-line learning the course is designed for those already employed in the sector as well as those seeking to enter it. Studies are supported by a dedicated team of specialist tutors and a well-developed and resourced virtual learning environment. You will benefit from other facilities and resources, such as the University College's Archaeology Lab and our summer Archaeological Field School programme.

The course offers awards of Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or the full MA Degree in Community Archaeology.


What You Will Study

In your first year, you will study a Contemporary Issues module, followed by Archaeology and Communities, Professional Practice in Community Archaeology and Research Skills. Those studying part-time will take Contemporary Issues, and either Archaeology and Communities or Professional Practice in Community Archaeology.

During your second year, you will produce a Dissertation. Your Dissertation comprises the final module of the course for those completing the MA Degree. Students studying part-time move onto either Archaeology and Communities or Professional Practice in Community Archaeology, plus Research Skills.

If you are studying part-time students you will normally complete the MA Degree in your third year, undertaking the Dissertation module. This is the culmination of your studies and an opportunity to explore your interests in the heritage education field.

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Entry Requirements

You will need to have obtained, or be predicted to obtain, normally an undergraduate honours degree with a minimum of lower second class honours (or equivalent). 

In addition, all students will need to pay 44 for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau. A successful Enhanced Disclosure is required before commencing the course.

If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Admissions team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email admissions@bishopg.ac.uk.

BG is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.



We use a wide range of different types of assessment throughout the course, including essays, impact reports, resource packs, research portfolios and a dissertation. We support you in this work through a mix of campus-based and at-a-distance teaching, with lectures, site visits and workshops, and also discussion and interaction via a virtual learning environment.


Careers & Further Study

Graduates of this course have many career opportunities throughout the historic environment sector. The skills you acquire will help you gain work with a wide range of local and national organisations. You may choose to work with community groups facilitating their projects. Alternatively you may consider a career in access and participation, outreach or to pursue further research.


How to Apply

If you would like to study on this course, you will need to apply directly to our Admissions Office.


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