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Course summary

This course allows students to develop an overview of world archaeology, but also to focus on the range of scientific techniques used to explore the past. With access to state-of the-art laboratory facilities and outstanding training by some of the world’s leading archaeological scientists, you will have the opportunity to learn techniques such as DNA and isotopic analysis, Geographical Information Systems, geoarchaeology, archaeobotany, and the analysis of human and animal skeletal remains. By the end of the degree you will be equipped with cutting-edge science and social science research skills, and a wide range of transferable skills relevant to many career paths, including data management and analysis, critical thinking and writing, and written and oral presentation. As a BSc Archaeology student, you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills through a series of Scientific Methods in Archaeology modules, as well as second-year Advanced Skills options, and third-year Specialised Aspects of Archaeology options. Class-room teaching is complemented by small-group tutorials and lab-based practical's, that will guide you in developing expertise in ancient landscapes and environments, past climate change, diet, migrations, mobility, health, animal-human interactions, scientific dating, materials science, and techniques for conservation relevant to archaeological objects and collections. All BSc Archaeology students have the opportunity to take part in archaeological fieldwork in the UK and abroad, engaging directly with current departmental research projects, and learning a host of archaeological and transferable skills. The capstone of the degree is your own research project, or dissertation, which you will develop under the direct guidance of a member of staff who is an expert in the field. Students studying this course can also follow a route accredited by CIfA, the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. Choosing an accredited undergraduate degree is widely recognised as the first step on a career pathway leading to professional status. To obtain a CIfA accredited degree, students study modules which equip them with the requisite theoretical and practical knowledge to act as a foundation for a career in the UK commercial archaeology sector.


Year 1 Compulsory modules: Archaeology in Britain Archaeology Practicals Scientific Methods in Archaeology 1. Examples of optional modules: Choose up to three modules from the following lists of modules which have been available in previous years: Discovering World Prehistory Cities in Antiquity Medieval to Modern: An Introduction to the Archaeology of the Medieval to Post-Medieval World Ancient Civilisations of the East One or two modules in another department. Year 2 Compulsory modules: Professional Training (requires three weeks of fieldwork in the summer preceding Level 2) Scientific Methods in Archaeology 2 Developing Archaeological Research (required to take a dissertation in Archaeology at Level 3). Examples of optional modules: Choose two modules selected from the following lists of modules which have been available in previous years: Prehistoric Europe Becoming Roman Archaeology of Medieval and Post-Medieval Britain East Mediterranean in the Bronze Age Ancient Mediterranean civilisations: East and West Advanced skills in Archaeology (Single). Another module listed under 4 OR a module in any department (including a language module). Year 3 (Year 4 if undertaking a Year Abroad) Compulsory modules: Dissertation (double module) Advanced Professional Training (requires three weeks of fieldwork in the summer preceding Level 2) Scientific Methods in Archaeology 3. Examples of optional modules: Two modules from: Specialised Aspects in Archaeology (single or double) Interpreting Heritage Museum Representation A module in any department.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our contextual offer for this programme is A level BBC (or equivalent). To find out if you’re eligible, please visit:

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English language requirements

Durham University welcomes applications from all students irrespective of background. We encourage the recruitment of academically well-qualified and highly motivated students, who are non-native speakers of English, whose full potential can be realised with a limited amount of English Language training either prior to entry or through pre-sessional and/or in-sessional courses. It is the normal expectation that candidates for admission should be able to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of a programme of study, whether via the submission of an appropriate English language qualification or by attendance on an appropriate pre-sessional course. Acceptable evidence and levels required can be viewed by following the link provided.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £24100 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 £24100 Year 1

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