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Landscape Archaeology and Digital Heritage MSc

Landscape Archaeology and Digital Heritage MSc

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Full time | University of Bradford | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Landscape Archaeology Heritage Administration/Management Landscape Ecology

Course type


Course Summary

Start date has been rescheduled from Sep-2020 to Jan-2021.


3D methods of digitally documenting objects, sites, and landscapes offer significant potential to archaeology and heritage management. Digital data can be a way of archiving heritage (the need for this has been graphically illustrated by the loss of world heritage sites to conflict) and it is becoming the gold standard for commercial recording of sites and landscapes.

Digital data can be used for a variety of purposes:

  • to monitor change for conservation and management
  • to investigate and analyse features
  • for reconstruction purposes
  • to visualise and present the past
  • providing new ways of engaging with the public
  • providing access to remote sites or inaccessible collections that are otherwise difficult to reach.

This new Masters programme will give you direct hands-on experience of current technologies used for acquisition of data and the manipulation, presentation, and analysis of data captured at all scales.

You'll benefit from direct access to a wide variety of case studies and will have the potential opportunity to participate in a variety of international research projects. We work in the heart of Yorkshire, around the globe and under the sea - these landscapes underpin the MSc.

Learning and assessment

Teaching and learning is delviered through a mix of lectures, seminar and field trips.

Assessment varies by module, ranging from essays and presentations to blogs and reflective diaries.

Career prospects

The programme of study offers skills that are not only in high demand within the museum sector, commercial archaeology and heritage management, but also key skills in new areas of archaeological science research.

These skills are transferable, having wide-ranging applications in other fields including film and media, construction and mineral/resource exploitation and prospecting for which Bradford is renowned.

The programme also meets the needs of the growing demand for hands-on archaeological specialists, where there is currently a dearth of archaeologists in light of large infrastructure projects, such as HS2.


This module introduces the student to aspects of site evaluation related to specific archaeological sites and problems. Key issues of archaeological interpretation at intra-site, inter-site and at regional levels are explored within the framework of this module. To provide the theoretical framework and practical experience for working with Geographical Information Systems in order to analyse maps and other spatial data for investigation of landscapes and management of heritage.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have: a first degree in Archaeology (or another relevant or related discipline) 2:2 or above. Other relevant qualifications will be considered. For North American students a GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 is required, or an equivalent.

University information

The University of Bradford is a progressive institution which aims to have a positive impact on society through embracing technology-oriented teaching methods and applied research. The university invests heavily in its facilities, and its city-centre campus is built with sustainability at the forefront of its design, such as using hemp-based building materials, edible gardens and even beehives on-site. Bradford has won several awards for its...more