(MA) Community Archaeology

Overview

Do you want to study at the cutting-edge of community archaeology, whilst gaining valuable experience through a range of case or site-based studies? Are you ready to reflect on and investigate community archaeology in both theory and practice? If so, this course could be the perfect way to continue your studies.

Key Facts
Award: Masters
Academic School: School of Humanities
Duration: 1 or 2 years
Mode of Study: Full/Part-time
Start Date: October
Awarding Institution: Bishop Grosseteste University
Institution Code: B38
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 £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 enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk.

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.

Further Information

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About The Course

This course is designed for those already employed in the sector as well as those seeking to enter it. It will give you the opportunity to reflect on and investigate community archaeology in both theory and practice. 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.

During your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to consider focused case studies, theoretical perspectives, and academic and applied research, whilst being supported by a dedicated team of specialist tutors.

Whilst studying for this course you’ll have the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge, skills and networks, which will ensure that, by the end of the course, you’ll be fully equipped to progress onto a variety of careers in the field of community archaeology.

Delivery

This course is delivered flexibly through a combination of campus-based and online learning. Your studies will be supported by a dedicated team of specialist tutors and a well-developed and well-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.

Assessment

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.

Modules
This module provides an opportunity for you to audit and develop your range of research skills, informing study for the Dissertation module. The purpose of this module is to highlight key concepts and approaches in community archaeology and related heritage studies research and practitioner enquiry, and to refine these through application within a defined context.
This module provides an opportunity for you to critically explore a range a resources and approaches taken to the curation, interpretation and dissemination of archaeological heritage through digital formats and applications. You will review both the physical and virtual digital resources in heritage contexts and also explore the professional uses, challenges and benefits of social media for practitioners in this area.
The dissertation module builds on the 'Research Skills' module, and is supported by general workshops and specialist supervisors through scheduled tutorials. The module culminates in the production of a dissertation study relating to a community archaeology context.
This module will provide the skills and knowledge that you will require to formulate and deliver archaeological projects, developing practical archaeological skills. A range of archaeological practice most often encountered in community archaeology projects will be explored. The management of community and volunteer involvement in archaeological projects will be reviewed as will methods for successful delivery, outcome evaluation and dissemination.
This module will explore the relationship between contemporary communities and the historic environment, and aspects of thinking and practice in community archaeology. Study will draw on the ideas and issues examined in the 'Contemporary Issues in Heritage' module and prepares the way for further study in the 'Research Skills' and 'Dissertation' modules.
This is an introductory module for the programme. The module explores a range of theoretical debates and practical issues in heritage. Within this broad context particular reference is made to key themes and issues in the heritage education and learning and public. The module will prepare you for the case-specific and more detailed areas of investigation to be studied in the 'Communities and Archaeology' and 'Professional Practice in Community Archaeology.' modules.
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Studying at BGU is a student centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests. We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.

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