The course is aimed both at the commercial and academic archaeology communities, and produces skilled practitioners and researchers in archaeological fieldwork. In particular students will learn a number of vocational survey skills, the theory and practical applications behind them, and the theoretical and practical implications of archaeological survey on the archaeological landscape and historic environment. The programme consists of six modules, covering the main aspects of archaeological survey; archaeological survey and recording (including survey of the built environment), archaeological geophysics, and archaeological field evaluation. In addition students will take modules in Core Computing and Geographical Information Systems, and the Research Skills module. The final component of the course is formed by a dissertation, for which students will be expected to work on a research topic that combines various methods of evaluation and survey.
The MA and MSc options are defined by two streams within the coursework represented by more theoretical and research-based modules and more computing-based and data processing-based options respectively. The nature of the dissertation work would also define the stream of the programme followed by individual students.