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Unit information: Professional Easter Placement in 2015/16

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Unit name Professional Easter Placement
Unit code ARCHM1014
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Mark Horton
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit provides an opportunity for the student to spend time with a professional archaeological or heritage organisation in a working capacity that is relevant to their chosen MA or pathway. The student will be expected to spend three weeks with this organisation or project and to gain relevant experience.

Intended learning outcomes

The unit is designed to provide a professional experience for the student within their chosen pathway or programme. It will typically be based with a archaeological or heritage organisation (including museums) and will provide

  • Understand the heritage sector and its operations
  • Understand the work environment (e.g. risk assessment, health and safety, ethical issues etc.)
  • Provide material, experience and contacts that might be used by the student for their dissertation
  • Provide hands on experience of research methods, conservation planning or excavation work
  • Give the student confidence to apply for jobs in the sector, on completion of the MA programme.

Teaching details

Placement - pre-training in house and then three weeks with approved organisation to be broken down as: 20 hours (training and placement arrangements 120 hours at the placement 60 hours report compilation and post placement interview.

Assessment Details

The unit will be assessed by a written report of 3000 words AND a diary or logbook detailing activities undertaken during the placement.

The student will also be interviewed on return, and the award of the unit will be subject to a satisfactory report from the placement organisation (which will not form a direct part of the assessment).

Reading and References

Not relevant