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’s Archaeology Lab and our summer Archaeological Field School programme.
If you are a member of our Alumni Association BG Generations, you may be eligible for a discount on our Masters courses. For full details click here.
The course offers awards of Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or the full MA Degree in Community Archaeology.
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date: October
Typical Offer: Obtained, or predicted to obtain, normally an undergraduate honours degree in a Humanities or Social Sciences subject (or equivalent)
Institution Code: B38
UCAS Code: Apply through BGU
About Community Archaeology at BGU
This course gives you the opportunity to reflect on and investigate community archaeology in both theory and practice. During the course you will consider focused case studies, theoretical perspectives and academic and applied research. You will be encouraged to engage with community archaeology in a range of local and national contexts, and to study a variety of archaeological 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 online 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’s Archaeology Lab and our summer Archaeological Field School programme.
You will be studying at the cutting edge of community archaeology, gaining valuable practical experience via a range of case- or site-based studies. The course offers awards of Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or the full MA Degree in Community Archaeology.
By the end of the course, you will be fully equipped to progress onto a variety of careers in the field of community archaeology, or further study, having acquired an extensive repertoire of skills.
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.
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.
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 £57.20 for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure Barring Service. 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 Enquiries team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email email@example.com.
BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.
Accreditation for Prior Learning
If you’ve recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to undertake a particular module of your BGU course. However this must be agreed in writing and you must apply for this.
Careers and 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.
Fees and Funding
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How To Apply
For the following MA Programmes, you must apply directly to BGU (Admissions). Please click on your chosen course for the relevant application form and information:
MA in Community Archaeology MA in Education (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your interest in this course before completing the Application Form)
MA in Education with TESOL (please contact email@example.com to discuss your interest in this course before completing the Application Form)
MA in English Literature
MA in Health and Social Care
MA in Heritage Education
MA in History
MA in Theology
Please send your applications to the following address:
Bishop Grosseteste University
- Contemporary Issues in Heritage
- Archaeology and Communities
- Professional Practice in Community Archaeology
- Research Skills
If you would like more information about this course or any of the modules listed above, please contact Craig Spence, Academic Co-ordinator, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +44 (0) 1522 583775.
International Archaeological Field School
The University runs an international archaeological field school. The field school has investigated a number of sites including a five season excavation of a Roman Villa near Lincoln and Roman and medieval archaeology on actually on the BGU campus!
Students and volunteers from as far afield at the USA and Australia have participated. The next BGU excavation will be in 2015 with the field school running again in 2016. The university has a dedicated Archaeology Laboratory to support the processing, analysis and research of its finds.
Children's Archaeology Club & Summer Camp
BGU runs a summer camp for children interested in archaeology. This includes going on digs, visits to sites and creative art & craft activities.
We also have a Saturday morning archaeology club which is run by past and present students. In this children have been involved in field walking, trips to sites and exploring all things archaeological.
Lincoln Archaeology Group for Excavation, Education & Research
The BGU community archaeology group is very active and made up of volunteers, students and professional archaeologists. It supports the BGU field school and also undertakes its own fieldwork and research projects. Group members also help on other local excavations and recording and survey projects. Members of the group are regularly involved in processing finds from sites and participate in various research projects.
Lincolnshire Medieval Graffiti Project
This project is supported by BGU and carried out by our community archaeology group (LAGER). The project team are undertaking a survey of all the churches in Lincolnshire and recording the vast number of often unknown examples of medieval graffiti.
Nettleham Junior School Test Pits Project
BGU staff, volunteers & students are helping a local school learn about archaeology by digging a small number of test pits in their village.
Claire, MA in Community Arcaeology Student
So far, the course has been interesting and enjoyable. I especially like the fact that the course has been easy to fit around a full time job.
Dr Craig Spence – Academic Co-ordinator and Senior Lecturer
Dr Craig Spence is both an historian and an archaeologist. He teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Heritage Studies and History. Having directed several excavations, Craig published the Archaeological Site Manual; a standard work on archaeological recording methods still used across the UK and overseas. Current research interests focus on early modern urban and cultural history and archaeological investigations in Lincoln and the local area. Craig has taught at a number of institutions including Goldsmiths’ College University of London, Royal Holloway College University of London and Syracuse University before joining Bishop Grosseteste University in 2004.
Duncan is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, specialising in interdisciplinary studies of settlement, landscape and conflict. His work typically integrates documentary and topographic sources with archaeological evidence to reconstruct the evolution of sites and landscapes during the medieval period in particular. Duncan’s early medieval interests focus on the development of kingship, and the changing role of metalworkers detectable through the study of elite settlement complexes. He has also utilised the evidence from currently occupied settlements to trace the origins and development of the landscape, demonstrating the way in which royal and ecclesiastical authorities established their economic and ideological power.
Dr Mick Jones is a Visiting Reader in Archaeology and a former part-time tutor. He spent most of his career in charge of archaeology in the city of Lincoln, as Director of the Lincoln Archaeology Unit and subsequently as City Archaeologist, a post from which he retired in 2012.
Head of School
Dr Andrew Jackson – Head of School of Humanities
Dr Andrew Jackson is the Head of the School of Humanities. Andrew is a historian and with current research interests that include twentieth-century urban and rural change, and local and regional history. He also engages in consultancy and project work relating to community history and heritage, digitisation and e-learning. Andrew joined the staff of Bishop Grosseteste University in 2007, following ten years at the University of Exeter.
Andrew contributes to the teaching of the undergraduate subject of History, Masters programmes in Heritage Education and Community Archaeology, and the Doctoral programme in Education. Andrew’s teaching interests include: rural, urban and landscape history; local and regional history; historical and cultural geography; country houses and garden history; archives and history education; heritage and community identity; Lincolnshire’s history and heritage; and Devon history.