12 months
18700 GBP/year
8440 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Prehistoric Landscape Archaeology programme from University of York explore topical issues ranging from human-environment interaction to rock art in the landscape, with unparallelled access to rich natural resources for landscape study in the Yorkshire Moors, Dales and Wolds.

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Gain a unique perspective on landscape archaeology as you focus on human ecology and the interactions of people with their environments. You'll examine case studies from many different periods and areas around the world to understand different approaches to the study of landscape change. You'll also investigate the varying lifeways of humans through the ages, and how people have interacted with the natural world since early prehistory.

With guidance from leading researchers and experienced academics, you'll develop your understanding of the recognition, recording, interpretation and conservation of archaeological landscapes and build key practical skills in surveying, GIS, geoarchaeology and aerial photography.

Careers and skills

This Prehistoric Landscape Archaeology programme from University of York will build up your knowledge and understanding of research methods, as well as providing a thorough grounding in the fundamental concepts, techniques and current debates relevant to landscape archaeology. You'll be able to understand and critically assess information sources, gather and organise information and arguments to form independent and develop presentation skills through the delivery of seminar papers on a diverse range of topics.

All of these skills are applicable to wide range of careers in archaeology, landscape conservation and beyond, as well as further study, research and academia.

Career opportunities

Previous graduates have gone on to work in:

  • public archaeology services such as English Heritage, Historic Scotland and CADW
  • international, national and local archaeological agencies
  • private archaeology units
  • national parks
  • heritage and conservation organisations

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Concepts of landscape
  • Themes in the prehistoric landscape
  • Analysis and Visualisation
  • Ancient Biomolecules 
  • Landscape and Earthworks Survey 
  • Geophysical Survey 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Undergraduate degree

  • 2:1 or equivalent in Archaeology, Anthropology or a related field. We also consider applicants who have a 2:2 degree and relevant work experience.

Other qualifications and experience

  • Mature students or those with less conventional qualifications but with relevant experience in this field will be considered. To find out if your professional experience or qualifications are appropriate, please contact the Course Director.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18700 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8440 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8440 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time (2 years)

  • UK: £4,220
  • International/EU: £9,350
Part-time (3 years)
  • UK: £2,813
  • International/EU: £6,233

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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