Archaeological Specialist (MA in Archaeological Practice, Distance learning pathway)

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This programme has been developed for graduates working in a wide range of specialisms in archaeology, including finds and environmental analysis, project management, and geophysical survey. To join an apprenticeship programme, you must be employed in the sector in a relevant role.

The programme has been mapped to the Knowledge Skills and Behaviours required for these roles to complement the day-to-day work in the field.

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Video: programme outline (some course details have changed since February 2020 — taught online on day release not study blocks)

Programme Tutor: Professor Nigel Nayling MCIfA FSA 

  • MA in Archaeological Practice (Distance Learning pathway) 
  • Delivered online
  • Covers the project lifecycle from planning and data collection to reporting and archiving
  • Part of the Archaeological Specialist apprenticeship ST0769 developed with employers and professional bodies
  • Regular progress reviews with Training Advisor, apprentice and employer
  • Funded by the employer's Apprenticeship Levy contributions or by employer contribution (5% of the cost)
  • To apply: contact

There is also an MA in Archaeological Practice provided on our Lampeter campus (part-time and full-time).

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  • Course code: 100299 Archaeology
  • Duration: 30 months learning, 36 months including end-point assessment.
  • Start dates: October 2021
  • How to apply: In the first instance email our team at

After completing the four taught modules, the learner will prepare a dissertation examining a case study, site or collection from end to end.

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  • Archaeological research methods (30 credits)
  • Archaeological Project Design and Delivery (30 credits)
  • Archaeological Project Reporting (30 credits)
  • Specialist practice (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits) 

Main assessment methods will be written assignments, presentations, and a dissertation.

As students of UWTSD, the learners will have full access to the Virtual Learning Environment e-learning tools, electronic and printed resources from the Learning Resource Centre, and student support.

UWTSD's Masters programmes at Lampeter have proved invaluable to many now working in the sector.

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