University of York

University of York

Archaeological Information Systems

This programme is designed for people who have a basic grounding in computer literacy and an interest in archaeology and heritage, and who wish to follow vocational training in archaeological information systems. The course provides a detailed introduction to the broad range of information systems used in archaeology, and provides the opportunity to apply these systems in practice. The work placement and dissertation enable you to specialise in a particular technique or approach, giving you valuable practical experience in your areas of interest.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (upper 2nd or 1st Class) or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution in Archaeology or a related field. Applicants will be expected to provide evidence of some basic familiarity with a range of IT applications and an aptitude for computer-based skills. We interview most applicants, unless you live or work overseas.

Course modules

Modules include: digital publication and web technologies; analysis and visualisation; dissertation. Optional modules include: cultural heritage management 1 concepts, principles and practice; analysing historic buildings; context and practice of gathering field archaeology data; concepts of landscapes; cultural heritage management 2, museums audiences and interpretation; interpreting historic buildings; analysis interpretation and dissemination of field archaeology data; themes in the historic landscape; themes in the prehistoric landscape. Four further skills modules: working on the web; database design and implementation; geographical information systems; virtual reality modelling; debates in museum theory and practice.

Sponsorship information

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


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,450 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 19,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 3,225 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 7,840 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiries
Telephone number: 
01904 323963