BSc (Hons) Archaeology and Heritage Management (Top-up)

There is a demand for graduates who have professional skills, knowledge and expertise in the archaeological and heritage management sectors. This course a blend of theoretical learning and vocational training to professional standards, giving you a distinct employability advantage.

The course will build upon your existing knowledge of archaeology and heritage, moving your understanding forward to consider how real world projects come about, including the ways in which they are funded (e.g. HLF), the roles and responsibilities of the various specialists implementing them, their planning implications as well as the context of archaeological ‘super projects’ such as HS2.

The course also focuses on the key scientific skills required for entry into the profession giving you an understanding of the growing importance of a science-based approach, introducing you to the laboratory and field-based methods and techniques which are transforming our understanding of archaeology.

An elective 7-10-day study tour is an option for those students who wish to immerse themselves into an archaeological landscape, giving you the appropriate context to develop your understanding of change over time and to deepen your understanding of archaeological themes. The current destination is the Orkney World Heritage Site, although alternative locations are a possibility.

Course Structure

This course has been designed with our partners at Cirencester College, utilising the expertise and resources of both institutions.

You will study two core modules and complete a research project. You will then select four elective modules, to give you the opportunity to pursue specific areas of interest, in order to better place you in beginning your career.

If you have already secured employment, and are studying part-time, you may elect to follow the 30 credit Work Based Research Project, along with the Improving Personal Professional Practice module, as an alternative approach, thus reducing the time required to attend campus-based modules.

The course will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, group projects, visits and demonstrations. Modules are assessed through a range of techniques, including research projects, examinations, presentations and case studies.

Core modules:

  • Science-based Archaeology
  • Archaeology in Action
  • Honours Research Project or Work-based research project*

Plus FOUR electives selected from:

  • Archaeology Study Tour
  • Countryside Management
  • Heritage Property
  • Tourism and Development
  • Urban Design Development
  • Rural Business Diversification
  • Farming and Integrated Local Delivery (FIELD)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing
  • Improving Personal Professional Practice*

*If you’ve already secured employment, you may elect to follow the Improving Personal Professional Practice module and the Work-based Research Project, thus reducing the time required to attend campus-based modules.

Course modules are subject to change and validation.

What you need to join the Course
Typical offers include:

  • A foundation degree or a HND award (merit) in a subject related to the Honours degree.
  • Depending on previous studies, you may be required to complete additional ‘bridging’ studies prior to enrolling on the Honours course in order to cover identified gaps in previous learning.

Career Prospects
The type of employment opportunities which are closely aligned with this top-up course include:

  • Field Archaeologist
  • Archaeological Site Supervisor
  • Inspector of Ancient Monuments
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Heritage Project Manager
  • Building Conservationist
  • Curator
  • Event Organiser

Key Information

Start date:


Royal Agricultural University


Full Time


Environment & Sustainability, Workshop & Practical Skills



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