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Past Landscapes and Environments MA / PGDip / PGCert

Past Landscapes and Environments MA / PGDip / PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Landscape Archaeology

Course type


Course Summary

Our MA in Past Landscapes and Environments is an innovative course, exploring the key theories, debates and methods used by historians and archaeologists.

Course overview

To study past landscapes and environments is to explore the interactions between people and the world they inhabit. At Chester, our innovative MA course aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue this fascinating subject, whether your background is in history, archaeology or another humanities subject.

Why study this course with us?

This course will introduce you to the principal theoretical and practical approaches to past landscapes and environments, drawing on current research from across the humanities. Topics are taught thematically and address a range of issues, from the structuring of space in urban environments and the construction of monumental architecture, to the relationship between humans and the environment.

We take a broad chronological and geographic perspective, providing you with cross-cultural perspectives on key topics. The result is a truly multidisciplinary course suitable for those from an archaeological or historical background and relevant both for further academic study and professional development.

Different course options

Full time | Parkgate Road Campus | 1 year | OCT-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will provide students with a background to the principal theoretical issues relating to both the historical and archaeological study of past landscapes and environments. The module will begin by exploring the theoretical development of the subject, within both history and archaeology and the influence of related disciplines such as anthropology and philosophy. The module will then explore key themes in the study of past landscapes and environments, addressing these from a broad chronological and geographical perspective. An illustrative list of subjects includes; urban landscapes and environments, designed landscapes and environments, monumentality, seascapes and maritime landscapes.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in archaeology, history or any relevant discipline is required. Consideration will be given to those who hold a lower classification who can demonstrate they are capable of performing at the level required to complete the course successfully.

University information

From a teaching college, to becoming the University of Chester, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in Birkenhead. Through the work of...more

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