For over 170 years the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been at the forefront of research and education in the land-based industries, but now it is opening its doors to exploration, understanding and management of the Historic Environment with 5 new PG Courses in Archaeology and the Historic Environment.

Well known archaeologist Mark Horton and Geraint Coles ( Now the Director of the new Cultural Heritage Institute) worked with the Royal Agricultural University to expand into archaeology and cultural heritage, and in tandem, persuaded Swindon council to invest £2m in a brand new building for the Institute, right next to Historic England in the former GWR works in Swindon. Plans for the hub were launched by University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) last year in response to the national skills gap in archaeology, and a demand from businesses in the South West of England for CPD courses such as heritage management.

Join them now and start building an exciting future in archaeology, applied heritage and historic environment management, with a ground-breaking MBA, new taught masters programmes, high level CPD and research opportunities leading to masters by research and doctorate of philosophy.

The CHI will enable you to gain professional experience, build a portfolio of knowledge and skills and ultimately enhance your career. Industry partners from across the cultural heritage sector have been closely involved in the development of the programme. It has been carefully tailored to meet skills gaps and respond to changes in industry trends.

The Masters programmes have been developed in partnership with practitioners from across cultural heritage. The teaching team brings together experienced university lecturers and professionals from archaeological and heritage practice including major consultancies such as Wessex Archaeology. All share an ambition to build distinctive, innovative and creative courses that will make your learning experience at CHI memorable and enjoyable. The location in Swindon also opens up a wealth of resources on your doorstep including Historic England, English Heritage, the National Monuments Archive, the National Trust and Steam – the museum of the Great Western Railway. All within a five minute walk.

They have five MSc programmes validated by RAU for 2020 and hope to have an undergrad. Programme for 2021.

This project will provide students with first-hand insight into heritage-led regeneration and the complexities involved. With a goal to deliver courses starting in September 2020, this is an exciting project and one that I believe is essential if the UK is to remain a leader in global heritage management.”

Dr Geraint Coles, Director of the Cultural Heritage Institute