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Course summary

Explore the broadest range of periods through complementary disciplines. By combining the scientific study of material remains with historical research, writing and debate, you will cover the key ways we study the past. You will also deepen your knowledge of history through theory and practice, covering a range of periods from the Palaeolithic to the recent past. Our geographic reach is from Britain to the Far East and North America. You can investigate race, rights and propaganda and discover heroes and villains from the Middle Ages. Your studies can range from learning about evolution, culture and society through the study of bones, to the private lives of historical figures through letters. You will gain practical experience of fieldwork and through archaeological research in the UK and abroad. As a joint honours student, you will benefit from skills development and assessment methods from both subjects. Each subject is taught separately, but you can choose a uniting theme for your final year dissertation. No previous experience of archaeology is needed.


You will take 120 credits of modules each year. In year one, you will take 20 credits of core history modules, focusing on the nature of history as a discipline and developing the skills required for the researching, writing and debating. You will also take 60 credits of core archaeology modules which will lay the foundation for your study of archaeological principles and methods, and the archaeology of Britain from prehistory to the Industrial Revolution. The remainder of your year one credits will come from optional history modules spanning the Middles Ages to the contemporary world. There is a requirement for you to complete 10 days of archaeological fieldwork or other professional experience, with funding available to support this. This is normally taken in the summer vacation. In year two, your core archaeology module will cover more advanced themes in archaeological research. You will also choose from a range of archaeology and history modules, one of which may come from the Department of American and Canadian Studies. In year three, you choose to specialise in either history or archaeology, while maintaining a mix of both disciplines. If you choose to specialise in history, you either take a 40-credit History Special Subject and a 40-credit History dissertation with 40 credits of optional Archaeology modules. If you choose to specialise in archaeology, you take a 40-credit Archaeology dissertation, 20-credit archaeology option, and a 40-credit History Special Subject, plus 20-credit history or American and Canadian studies option Placement and volunteering opportunities are available in the School of Humanities, home to both the Departments of History and Classics and Archaeology, as well as via the Nottingham Advantage Award. You can also spend time overseas through the University of Nottingham Study Abroad programme.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

European Baccalaureate - 75% overall including 8.5 in History, GCSE requirements - English grade C ( numeric grade 4)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £21000* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £21000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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