Which course should you choose?
Whatever your educational background, we are confident that we have a course to suit you. Our suite of courses is designed to enable progression through the full range of levels of UK higher education qualifications or to choose the level which is most appropriate for your educational background and aspirations. You don’t need to have studied archaeology before to do one of our undergraduate courses; you just need to have an active interest in archaeology and ancient history and a genuine commitment to studying by distance learning.
Perhaps you don’t want a formal qualification, but would just like to study archaeology or ancient history for interest? It is possible to study up to two undergraduate level 1 or 2 modules without registering for a formal qualification. Successful completion of a stand-alone module will entitle you to a transcript formally recording your achievement and you may be able to count the credits achieved on that module towards further undergraduate study at Leicester or elsewhere at a later date.
Our BA (Bachelor of Arts) courses are undergraduate level courses. They will be suitable for you if you would like to study for a recognised University qualification but do not have previous experience of higher education or formal qualifications. You should consider taking one of our BA courses if you want an introduction to archaeology, or archaeology and ancient history, and to develop and enhance your study skills.
Undergraduate level courses:
- Certificate/Diploma/BA in Archaeology
- Certificate/Diploma/BA in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology
We offer MAs, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certficates. They will be suitable for you if you already have an undergraduate degree or are already an archaeology professional with relevant skills and experience. You should consider taking one of these courses if you want to enhance your existing knowledge of archaeology or study for an advanced qualification.
Our postgraduate level courses involve one or more of the following modules, which may be combined with a mini or full dissertation.
- Landscape Archaeology
- Managing Archaeological Practices
- Archaeology of Standing Buildings
- Critical Approaches to the Archaeological Heritage
- Doing Historical Archaeology
- Archaeology of the Modern World
- The Historical Archaeology of England (field-based)
- Archaeology of Standing Buildings
- Encountering the Classical World (field-based)
- Households and Domesticity in the Ancient World
- Classical Landscapes
Routes to qualification
You may take one of the above modules and complete a mini dissertation to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in that specialism.
You may also combine any two of the above modules for a PostGraduate Certificate in Archaeology.
Our MAs listed below require the completion of 4 prescribed modules from the above list plus a dissertation. However, you may also choose two modules from the four requisite modules in order to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in that subject, or all four modules without a dissertation to obtain a Diploma. Choosing this route allows you to study for a Postgraduate Certificate, and then later on, should you wish, complete the remaining required modules and Dissertation to achieve an MA.
- MA/Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Archaeology and Heritage
- MA/Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Archaeology
- MA/Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in The Classical Mediterranean
Our PhD programme is the most advanced level of study that we offer. You should consider taking our PhD by distance learning if you want to become a professional researcher in archaeology or ancient history, or if you want to demonstrate that you have the full range of theoretical and practical skills at the highest levels.
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