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MSc Applied Landscape Archaeology (Part-Time)

Catalog id : TM_AL9P1
 Course Level
Masters / PG
Part Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

7650 GBP
2061 GBP
2061 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department for Continuing Education
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

World University Ranking

About this course

This two year part-time MSc course is concerned with understanding human impacts on past landscapes through the theory and methods of landscape archaeology. The course is intended for those with a degree or diploma in archaeology or a related subject.Landscape archaeology is an increasingly popular and widely understood concept.

  • Using a multi-period systematic approach, it is concerned with understanding past human impacts on the resources, topography and environment of the whole landscape, from uplands to coasts, and from farmed landscapes to urban/industrial areas.
  • Many new methods of research are being developed in landscape archaeology, including digital mapping and remote-sensing techniques such as geophysics.
  • These are taking their place alongside fieldwalking, historic landscape analysis, aerial photography and selective excavation to provide a flexible and effective armoury of techniques for the researcher.
  • Skills such as survey and historic landscape characterisation are becoming essential for anyone involved in the management of the historic environment.
  • Effective communication of the value and potential of the historic landscape is vital in the world of planning, tourism and education.

Graduate destinations:

  • A number of students have gone on to DPhil/PhD programmes at Oxford and elsewhere.
  • Others developed their careers in UK and European heritage professions, including working for organisations such as English Heritage, National Trust for Scotland, McDonald Institute (University of Cambridge), county and regional heritage, HERs and curatorial advisory services, Portable Antiquities Scheme, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and in commercial consultancy and field practice.

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Eligibility Criteria

1. Academic ability:

  • Proven and potential academic excellence
  • Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours or FHEQ Level 6 Advanced Diploma (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in archaeology or a related subject. If you are unsure as to whether your qualification is in a related subject, please contact the Programme Director.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.6 out of 4.0.
  • A BA/BSc degree (in combined honours) or PGCert in a relevant subject may be acceptable.
  • No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.
  • You would normally be expected to have some practical archaeological experience, such as excavation, survey or data processing

References/letters of recommendation: 

Your references will support intellectual ability, academic achievement, motivation, ability to work in a group.

Written work  produced by the student:

  • Two pieces of written work are required, of approximately 2,000 to 2,500 words each.
  • This will be assessed for comprehensive understanding of the subject area; understanding of problems in the area; ability to construct an defend an argument; powers of analysis; and powers of expression.

Statement of purpose/personal statement:

A brief statement of purpose/personal statement is required.

Performance at interview(s):

  • Interviews are normally held as part of the admissions process.  
  • Places on the course are not offered without the administration of an interview.
  • All candidates whose applications demonstrate that they meet the stated entry criteria will be invited for interview.
  • Candidates will normally be expected to attend interview in Oxford in person; if a candidate is unable to attend on the date initially  proposed, s/he will be offered an alternative interview date.
  • Skype interviews may be held in rare cases, at the discretion of the Programme Director, when travelling to Oxford is difficult or impossible for a candidate within the interview period.
  • Interviews are conducted by a minimum of two interviewers.

English Language Requirement:


IELTS Academic:

  • Minimum Score: 7.0
  • Minimum 6.5 per component


  • Minimum Score: 100
  • Minimum component scores: Listening (22), Reading (24),Speaking (25), Writing (24)

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE):

  • Minimum Score: 185
  • Minimum 176 per component
  • CPE taken before Jan 2015: Grade C

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE):

  • Minimum Score: 185
  • Minimum 176 per component
  • CAE taken before Jan 2015:Grade 

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Course Modules

Both one-year modules have one core paper and two advanced papers spread over three terms.

Year A:

Core Paper: Method and Theory in Landscape Archaeology
Advanced Paper (Artefacts and Ecofacts in the Landscape)
Advanced Paper (Archaeological Prospection)

Year B:

Core Paper: Managing Historic Landscapes in the 21st Century
Advanced Paper (Digital Landscapes)
Advanced Paper (Reading the Historic Landscape)
Field Training Week

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How to Apply

The set of materials you should send with an application to this MSc comprises: 

  • a statement of purpose/personal statement
  • a CV/résumé
  • three academic references
  • official transcripts detailing your university-level qualifications and marks to date.
  • two relevant academic essays or other writing samples of 2,000 to 2,500 words each, or 2,000- to 2,500-word extracts of longer work.

Whilst you must register three referees, the department may start the assessment of your application if two of the three references are submitted by the course deadline and your application is otherwise complete.

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