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Course summary

Course Overview

  • Jointly accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and the University Archaeology UK group (UAUK), with hands-on fieldwork at its core, drawing on humanities, social sciences and science, this course is the ideal start to your career.
  • Archaeology is a multidisciplinary practical degree. It produces graduates with sought-after transferable skills including critical analysis, communication and team working. From week one you will be in the field learning these skills on a real archaeological excavation. During the degree you’ll examine and interpret a variety of evidence from human remains, Palaeolithic stone tools, Anglo-Saxon jewellery and the latest ancient DNA evidence.
  • As well as lectures and tutorials, you’ll spend time each year on placement in the UK and/or abroad, working on excavations, making real discoveries and helping carry out cutting-edge research. Our graduates have been on digs at Avebury and Stonehenge in Wiltshire, Neolithic settlements and tombs in Orkney and an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Cambridgeshire, to name but a few.
  • It’s a wide-ranging and practically based degree that gives you the opportunity to gain vital experience and build contacts with working archaeologists. With the mixture of academic understanding, practical skills and fieldwork experience, you’ll be one step closer to a career in archaeology, museums or academia.
Why study with us
  • Spend 10 weeks in the field, working on real research excavations across the UK, making significant finds while developing both transferrable skills and knowledge.
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours in Archaeology is ranked 1st in England with 98% of students satisfied with teaching (National Student Survey 2020).
  • We have state-of-the-art facilities, including an on-campus training excavation site, archaeological science lab, soil flotation unit, dedicated human bone labs, 3D scanners and cutting-edge excavation equipment.
Further Information Progression onto MSci course
  • After completing three years of full-time study you’ll have the option to graduate with a BSc (Hons) Archaeology degree. Or you can choose to undertake an additional year of advanced study and graduate with an MSci (Hons) Archaeology degree instead (this normally takes four years to complete in all).


Year 1: Compulsory modules; The Archaeology of Britain, History of Archaeological Thought, Introduction to Archaeology, Study Skills & IT for Archaeology, Introduction to Osteology and Anthropology, Optional modules (one is selected; not all are available each year), Bones, Bodies and Burials, Museums, Heritage and History, Other electives are available across the University Year 2: Compulsory modules; Archaeological Research & Study, Archaeological Fieldwork I, Thinking About the Past: Archaeological Theory, Optional modules (choose three modules from this list; not all modules are available each year); Environmental Change, Forensic Anthropology, Later Bronze Age and Iron Age Britain, Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain and Ireland, Roman and Post Roman Britain, Hunter Gatherers: Past and Present, Life and Death in Medieval Britain, Archaeology of the Modern World Year 3: Compulsory modules; Archaeological Dissertation (double module), Archaeological Fieldwork II, Optional modules (choose three modules from the list below; not all modules are offered each year); Introduction to Professional Practice, Forensic Taphonomy, Hunter Gatherers: past and present, Neolithic & Early Bronze Age Britain, Later Bronze Age & Iron Age Britain, Roman and Post-Roman Britain, Life & Death in Medieval Britain, Archaeology of the Modern World, Designing Exhibitions for Museums

Professional bodies

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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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Archaeology at University of Central Lancashire - UCAS