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Here’s the ideal practical and academic preparation for a career in the archaeological, museum or archive worlds.
We run this course in historic Peterborough and examine British history – as represented in the archaeological record and landscape from prehistoric to modern times.
You’ll develop a detailed theoretical, academic and practical knowledge of archaeology and landscape history, which you can apply to a range of careers in archaeology, museums or archives.
The course is exceptionally wide-ranging. You’ll study the development of human activity from prehistory to the 21st century, examine natural and industrial settings (and everything in between) and explore broader European, as well as local and national history.
Alongside this you’ll develop the practical skills needed by today’s archaeologists and landscape historians. Modules include forensic analysis, heritage management, desk and field research techniques, and a major third year project for you to research, manage and deliver.
The course tutors are active researchers and you’ll be participating in live projects, including the conservation of Bronze Age log boats at Flag Fen and work relating to Peterborough Cathedral’s 900th anniversary.
As part of your studies you’ll work on-site, on placement with one of our partners and complete a major project. You’ll also be able to personalise aspects of your studies in line with your interests and career plans.
This course is great preparation for careers in archaeology (excavation, surveying, HER management), heritage (visitor services, collection management, education) and history teaching.
We work with a number of regional organisations, including Sedgeford History, The Archaeological Project and Vivacity, and have access to a number of valuable sites in the Peterborough area.
You’ll be able to gain valuable experience of excavations and general heritage work, on placement and throughout your course.
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
- Principles and Methods of Archaeology and Landscape History
- Themes in Archaeology
- Analytical Techniques for Forensic Scientists
- Western Civilisation 1 and 2
- Archaeological Heritage Management
- Themes in Landscape History
Year two, core modules
- Archaeological Desk-based Assessment
- Ceremonial and Ritual Landscapes
- Prehistory and European Wetlands
- Science in Archaeology
- Placement and Portfolio
History Today: Methods and Approaches
Year three, core modules
- Urban and Industrial Landscapes
- Aspects of East Anglian History
- Buildings in the Landscape
We’ll assess your progress using a mixture of exams, assignments, reflective log books, essays and practical placements.
Where you’ll study
In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we use our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond to nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking, in order to educate, entertain, inspire and understand, as well as to improve people’s lives.