MSc in Landscape Archaeology and Digital Heritage


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Program Description

3D methods of digitally documenting objects, sites, and landscapes offer significant potential to archaeology and heritage management. Digital data can be a way of archiving heritage (the need for this has been graphically illustrated by the loss of world heritage sites to conflict) and it is becoming the gold standard for the commercial recording of sites and landscapes.

Digital data can be used for a variety of purposes:

  • To monitor change for conservation and management
  • To investigate and analyse features
  • For reconstruction purposes
  • To visualise and present the past
  • Providing new ways of engaging with the public
  • Providing access to remote sites or inaccessible collections that are otherwise difficult to reach.

This new Masters programme will give you direct hands-on experience of current technologies used for acquisition of data and the manipulation, presentation, and analysis of data captured at all scales.

You'll benefit from direct access to a wide variety of case studies and will have the potential opportunity to participate in a variety of international research projects. We work in the heart of Yorkshire, around the globe and under the sea – these landscapes underpin the MSc.


We are ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Archaeology in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by subject.

Entry requirements

  • A first degree in Archaeology (or another relevant or related discipline) 2:2 or above
  • Other relevant qualifications will be considered
  • For North American students a GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 is required, or an equivalent

English language requirements:

  • If English is not your first language you must have IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent, with no less than 5.5 in each subtest.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

What you will study

The proposed curriculum comprises a core of compulsory modules to provide appropriate background in the theory and application of scientific methods in landscape archaeology and digital heritage.

The emphasis of the programme is on the learning of fundamental scientific principles across several disciplines and applying these to archaeological and heritage area. The programme draws heavily on areas of expertise in the School of Archaeology and Forensic Sciences.

The programme comprises core modules throughout. In the first semester, Remote Sensing and Archaeological Prospection & Visualisation provide the scientific background to the programme and introduce a wide range of techniques that relate to digital capture of landscapes and heritage. This ranges from object documentation through to landscape analysis and interpretation.

Two modules are taught across the two teaching semesters. The module Digital Worlds will provide the theoretical link that spirals through the programme – linking modules and creating the framework for the use of digitising technology in these fields at a variety of different scales.

The other linking module in Professional Development provides more broad-ranging skill-sets; it starts by guiding you to identify your own learning needs and the resources to address them and goes on to prepare you for your research project, including the planning of research, research design, time management, research ethics, and health and safety.

In the second semester, two additional modules are covered Landscape and Heritage and Site Evaluation and GIS. Site Evaluation and GIS is a focussed module that prepares you to analyse spatial data for a variety of purposes. In this module, you will learn to provide solutions to real problems that evidence wide-ranging employability skills.

The final element of the programme is a substantial dissertation.

It is expected that students who successfully complete the entire programme will be fully prepared to undertake research at MPhil or PhD level.



  • Archaeological Prospection and Visualisation (ARC7044-B)
  • Digital Worlds (ARC7052-B)
  • Remote Sensing (ARC7053-B)
  • Professional development (ARC7041-B)
  • Landscape and Heritage (ARC7054-B)
  • Site Evaluation Strategies and GIS (ARC7048-B)
  • Dissertation (ARC7034-E)

Learning and assessment

Teaching and learning are delivered through a mix of lectures, seminar and field trips.

Assessment varies by module, ranging from essays and presentations to blogs and reflective diaries.


The programme builds on research undertaken at the University of Bradford, using our wide range of specialist facilities and collections.

Our facilities include one of the largest skeletal collections in the country, dating from the Neolithic to the 19th century, as well as facilities for image analysis, materials investigations, and botanical and faunal analyses.

While the majority of teaching is campus-based field trips investigate the role of the past in contemporary society.

You will have the opportunity to use our Visualising Heritage facilities at the University of Bradford Biological Anthropology Research Centre.

Career prospects

The programme of study offers skills that are not only in high demand within the museum sector, commercial archaeology and heritage management but also key skills in new areas of archaeological science research.

These skills are transferable, having wide-ranging applications in other fields including film and media, construction and mineral/resource exploitation and prospecting for which Bradford is renowned.

The programme also meets the needs of the growing demand for hands-on archaeological specialists, where there is currently a dearth of archaeologists in light of large infrastructure projects, such as HS2.

Study support

A comprehensive support network is here for you to ensure you reach your academic potential and go on to further success in the future.

You’ll benefit from a range of support services, including:

  • Personal academic tutor
  • Student support/administration team
  • Academic Skills Advice service
  • Career and Employability Services
  • Award-winning Disability Service
  • Well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities


Among the distinctive features of this programme are hands-on experience in the School’s laboratories and a delivery that is steeped in innovative research.

The programme incorporates a substantial individual research dissertation.

Last updated Mar 2020

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At the University of Bradford, you’ll benefit from - and be a part of – teaching and research that harnesses technology for the good of society. You’ll learn from academic and industry experts who are ... Read More

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