The historic environment – created by human occupation and activity across the millennia – is, quite simply, the man-made landscapes within which we live. It includes earthworks and archaeological monuments, houses and churches, parks and gardens, fields and pastures, managed wetlands and watercourses, and so on. They make up a wealth of evidence surviving not only on the ground but also in maps and other documentary evidence, all just waiting for someone to interpret them. They allow us to see, however opaquely, a world that has been lost and sometimes to glimpse it as it may have been seen by those who created, amended and lived in landscapes that survive in fragments today.
Our courses provide a broad overview for beginners as well as the chance to begin to specialise. Offered in short, intensive study blocks, they are available to students both nationally and internationally.
Part-time qualifications in Historic Environment
Our Certificate courses are taught part-time over one year at first-year undergraduate level, and are open to all. Each is taught over six weekends with online support from the Institute's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The teaching will take place over two weekends in each term through a blend of informal lectures and seminars, field trips (one in each term) and class discussion.
Undergraduate Certificate in Historic Environment I: Landscape History and Archaeology offers an exciting interdisciplinary approach to the history of the landscape. The three units together provide an introduction to the development of the historic environment from prehistory to the modern period using a range of accessible sources – the earthworks and ecology of the landscape itself, documents, maps, archaeology and architecture – and provide students with straightforward skills to begin to decipher the landscape for themselves.
Undergraduate Certificate in the Study of Early Medieval England examines the initially sparse and later more plentiful archaeological, documentary, art and architectural evidence for the origins and development of Anglo-Saxon England between the 5th and the 11th centuries.
Undergraduate Certificate in the Study of Medieval England (2016/17) uses a range of material to address big questions about medieval England, such as: the complexity of changing power relationships between lords, gentry and peasants; the influence of dramatic climate change and deadly epidemics on social and economic structures; agricultural conservatism and innovation in attempts to meet these challenges; and the importance of changes in ideas expressed in art and religion in cultural transformation. Unit topics include political culture, landscape archaeology, and art and architecture. The course is open to all, with no previous experience required.
Bursaries and student loans available
If you are new to higher education,you could be eligible for a bursary award. You will also be able to pay your fees in instalments, and you may also have access to part-time student loans.