Modules aim to communicate a narrative of significant events and historic sites, encouraging you to evaluate archaeological information and critically assess its value to our understanding of the past. In the first academic year, you examine the theory and practice of archaeology; historic and prehistoric periods; and the methods, theories and approaches that underpin archaeological discipline. In the second academic year, you may choose to focus your study on a range of methodological topics, while also studying the archaeology of one or more European archaeological periods. During the third academic year, you may focus your studies on topics, periods or themes from previous years or broaden your studies to examine the archaeology of the Mediterranean, the Americas, Africa and Anatolia/the Near East. You also carry out an independent piece of research, the dissertation, on a subject of your choice. The Department of Archaeology at the University of Winchester is a Registered Organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA). You can become Affiliates of the CIfA. After graduation you can build up field experience to progress to full membership categories. As part of the course, there are opportunities for you to visit archaeological sites and get involved in departmental research, which also allows you to work in new laboratories and use a range of specialist surveying equipment. You undertake fieldwork throughout the course, and during the second and third academic years can attend two periods of summer excavation. You are required to attend the summer training excavation for four weeks during the first summer vacation and should ensure you have accommodation available during late May and June.
For detailed information on modules you will be studying please click on the 'View course details' link at the top of this summary box.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) (formerly Institute of Field Archaeologists)
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
Applicants who wish to apply for advanced standing (exemption from part of a programme) based on previous study are considered on an individual basis. Applicants are required to provide transcripts. confirming the module titles and grades they have already achieved, as well as module handbooks and/or programme specifications showing the learning outcomes of the modules completed.
We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence.
Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications). If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.|
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.