Archaeology and Heritage Practice

MA / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate

The Master's in Archaeology and Heritage Practice provides tailored training for a career in archaeological heritage.

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Campus Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
Course MA / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate
Length Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2-3 years
Start date October 2016

This is a practice-based course aimed at providing students with advanced expertise in heritage debates and practices. Students will have the opportunity to critically explore the application of heritage concepts and strategies at museums, heritage sites and landscapes in the UK today through taught modules and a research project. The programme culminates in a research dissertation in which students can choose, design and investigate their own interest in archaeology and heritage practice.

The MA in Archaeology and Heritage Practice is taught by experts with over 25 years’ experience of working in and researching the heritage industry of both the UK and abroad. The course gives students a firm foundation in the latest theoretical approaches to the subject and applies this research to every day practice in the workplace by utilising a range of heritage sites and involving a variety of heritage organisations.

Students can build on their existing interests and gain in-depth knowledge of an exciting and dynamic field of archaeological research while learning about themes relevant to a range of other heritage disciplines. Simultaneously, students develop a wide range of skills relevant to careers within the heritage industry and for further study towards a PhD in Heritage.

This Master's course gives students the opportunity to explore in depth a range of heritage disciplines. While its focus is on archaeological heritage, the programme is truly cross-disciplinary and allows students to focus on areas of specific interest to them within the broader definitions of heritage, such as archaeological monuments, historic buildings, museums, art galleries and heritage tourism destinations. The MA in Archaeology and Heritage Practice provides students with an opportunity to engage with a broad range of heritage providers within the environs of an international heritage city and gain real-life practical skills relevant to the market place.

Programme Structure:

  • Research Skills in Archaeology and Heritage
  • Archaeological Heritage in Practice
  • Research Project
  • Research Dissertation

One further 20-credit module from the following:

  • Mortuary Archaeology
  • Thinking Through Landscapes and Environments
  • Investigating Past Landscapes and Environments


A 20 credit module: Research Essay, may also be available to students.

Each taught module will be assessed by means of written coursework of approximately 4000 words, comprised of essays, reports and reviews. The Heritage Research Project is assessed by an 8000-word assignment. The research dissertation will be between 16000 and 18000 words in length.


Students are required to conduct original research and write a dissertation on a topic of their choice, subject to the approval of their supervisors (equivalent to four modules). The dissertation is only applicable to those students completing the MA programme.

The MA Archaeology and Heritage Practice offers students an opportunity to develop research, communication and practical skills suitable for a range of careers in the museum and broader heritage sectors, as well as more widely in archaeology, teaching, tourism and business. In particular, students will be given the opportunity to network with heritage professionals. The programme also provides students with an ideal gateway to MPhil or PhD research.

A good, second class honours degree in any relevant discipline or an equivalent qualification is required. Credit exemption may be given for appropriate certificated or experiential learning undertaken or completed within the previous five years. Admission to the Master of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate programmes is by written application and interview.