University of York

University of York

Archaeology of Buildings

This course is suitable for students of archaeology, history of art, architectural history and related subjects, as well as for mid-career professionals seeking to develop or enhance their professional specialism in buildings archaeology. It brings together experts in buildings survey and recording, archive research, legislation and policy, conservation, theoretical interpretation and computer modelling to deliver a dynamic course, which will equip you with the specialist skills and knowledge required for a career in researching, managing and conserving historic buildings. Learn the specialised skills required for researching, analysing and recording historic buildings. Gain experience in rectified photography, photogrammetry and other 3D recording methods, CAD drawing and computer modelling of historic buildings. Develop the knowledge and skills essential for careers in the architectural and archaeological sectors.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (upper second or first class) or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution in Archaeology, History of Art, Architectural History or in a related field; or relevant professional experience or qualifications. The course is suitable for students and mid-career professionals seeking to develop or enhance an academic or professional specialism in buildings archaeology. To find out if your professional experience or qualifications are appropriate, please contact the Course Director. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Course modules

Modules include: Analysing historic buildings; interpreting historic buildings; dissertation. Optional modules: context and practice of gathering field archaeology data; cultural heritage management 1 - concepts principles and practice; digital publication and web technologies; approaches to conservation; archaeology of households; issues in historical archaeology 1; concepts of landscapes; analysis interpretation and dissemination of field archaeology data; analysis and visualisation; cultural heritage management 2 - museums audiences and interpretation; issues in cultural heritage conservation; medieval settlement and communities; issues in historical archaeology 2. Four skills modules: buildings survey; advanced building survey; topographical survey; characterisation; heritage protection; geographical information systems; virtual reality modelling; conservation solutions.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the university (such as the York Masters Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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Postgraduate Administrator
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