University of York

University of York

Archaeological Information Systems

The course will provide you with applied practical experience and critical theoretical engagement with a full range of computing systems and technology used for publishing, archiving, analysing, visualising and presenting archaeological information today. The course 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.Through a combination of academic studies, practical training, research and work placements, you will: Develop vital knowledge of the digital and internet technologies used for disseminating, publishing and archiving archaeological information; Learn practical skills in 3-D modelling, GIS, CAD and other technologies used for analysing and visualising archaeological information. 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 1nd or 1st Class) or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution in archaeology or a related field. Other applicants may be considered in exceptional circumstances, for example those with considerable information technology experience. You will be expected to provide evidence of some basic familiarity with a range of information technology applications and an aptitude for computer-based skills. This programme is also available to study at Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate level. If you are 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 are applying to.

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. 4 further skills modules: Working on the web; database design and implementation; geographical information systems; virtual reality modelling; debates in museum theory and practice.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MSc 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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