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MLitt/PgDip Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology – Glasgow

May 28, 2008


The Centre for Battlefield Archaeology is pleased to offer, for a third year, a postgraduate course in Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology. Battlefields are unique and sensitive archaeological landscapes which have only in recent years been recognised as an important part of the world’s cultural heritage. This course will provide an ideal foundation for those who hold an interest in battlefields and wish to gain further understanding of their archaeological and cultural potential.

The course itself is focused within the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, recently founded in April 2006 within the Department of Archaeology and is the first of its kind in the world, with experience drawn from a wide range of experts from various departments and bodies to ensure the student is kept up to date with the latest developments in this rapidly developing field of study. This includes links with the arms and armour collection at Glasgow Museums and ongoing projects the Ballistic and Impact group based within the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

As unique archaeological landscapes battlefields require a distinct and specialised multi-disciplinary approach to their investigation. This course will therefore encourage students, alongside taught elements, to engage with the subject on a practical basis which will also involve field trips to a number of battlefields and other sites relevant to their studies. This year’s students visited a number of sites ranging from the new Interpretive Centre at Culloden to a site visit to the Centre’s latest project, an excavation of a First World War dug out near Ypres, Belgium.

The course is structured around three core modules providing a solid base in the three main elements of battlefield archaeology and postgraduate research skills. There are also a number of optional modules which will allow you to focus more particularly in one area of study, or if you are interested in developing your archaeological skills there are also specialist modules available from the MLitt Professional Archaeology.

Assessment will be based entirely on course work (essays, seminar presentations, etc). Students will also be expected to produce a dissertation which will be a sustained piece of scholarly work on a topic to be agreed on between the convenor and the student, with research undertaken between June and September.

For those who wish to apply to the course please refer to the Department of Archaeology website at:

Information about the general application process can be found at:
alternatively please do not hesitate to contact:

Natasha Ferguson
Centre for Battlefield Archaeology,
Gregory Building,
Lilybank Gardens,
University of Glasgow

0141 330 5541 / 2304

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