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Full time | University of East Anglia UEA | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Landscape Archaeology Agricultural History

Course type


Course Summary

The English landscape has been described as the richest historical record we possess. Society has developed in geographical pockets, as reflected in our attitudes, beliefs, social structures, industries - and our accents.

Our MA will provide you with the skills you need to read the landscape, and to unearth clues about the relationship between human beings and the natural environment.

Our approach to Landscape History is deliberately eclectic - unconstricted by eras or geographical boundaries. You’ll study materials from prehistory to the present day; from henges and hillforts, to historic gardens and wartime pillboxes. You’ll discover long-term trends, and the enduring legacy our landscapes have had on local and regional communities.

Our Master’s course offers intensive and practical preparation for further postgraduate study. However it is also ideal preparation to enter professions requiring knowledge of the historic environment, such as tourism, heritage and conservation work.


Our landscape is a living record of the way humans have interacted with the land; how we’ve exerted our will over it - and how it in turn has shaped our society.

Our Master’s course will arm you with the skills you need to read the landscape, as well as knowledge of the practical and theoretical issues involved in the study of the countryside.

You’ll study the relationship between human beings and the natural environment from prehistory to the present day. You’ll look at man-made and semi-natural spaces, such as woodpastures and heaths, in the context of historical ecology. And you’ll examine regions - why they exist, and the behaviours and patterns they create.


The use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) has become a key part of landscape history research in the 21st century. Within this module you'll learn how to apply GIS techniques in your own research through weekly practical sessions using ESRI's ArcGIS software. You'll develop a range of skills such as georeferencing historic maps, using digital data including maps and LiDAR data, creating your own data and combining datasets to carry out more sophisticated analysis. An essay and portfolio of maps will enable you to develop your understanding of how GIS has been used more widely on historical and archaeological projects and to put your new skills into practice to create and present your own maps.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


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

Students need to have: Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.1 or equivalent in History or a related subject.

University information

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a campus-based university in Norwich, with a global reputation for its excellent academic, social and cultural facilities, delivered to more than 15,000 students from over 80 countries. Over 4,000 making up its postgraduate community. The University prides itself on the quality of its research, being part of Norwich Research Park, one of the largest communities of researchers in Europe, leading the way...more