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Course summary

How do human societies develop and continue? What impact does climate and the environment have on society? Geography and archaeology are natural partners for exploring questions like these. In this course, you will study the relationship between people, landscape and the changing environment from prehistory to the present day. Skills training across the degree includes:

  • archaeological surveying and recording
  • cartography
  • statistics
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Archival research methods
You are required to complete 10 days of archaeological fieldwork. This will be through participating in an approved excavation project, or a related placement, in the UK or overseas. We work closely with the British Geological Survey and the University Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre, and offer artefact-handling sessions and educational projects at the on-campus University Museum. As a joint honours student, you will benefit from skills development and assessment methods in both subjects. Each subject is taught separately, but there are uniting themes. No previous experience of archaeology is needed.


Our first-year core modules are designed as an introduction. Even if you haven't studied archaeology before, we’ll build everyone's knowledge to the same level, so you can progress through to year two. You will take 120 credits of modules each year. In year one, your core modules (70 credits) will cover the principles and methods of archaeological investigation. You will also develop an understanding of key themes in human and physical geography. You will take 20 credits of optional archaeology modules, and 30 credits of optional geography modules. You’ll have at least 12 hours of timetabled contact a week through lectures, seminars and tutorials. You must pass year one, but it does not count towards your final degree classification. In the summer break, you will complete at least part of your required archaeological fieldwork placement. For your core modules in year two, you will study more advanced approaches and interpretation techniques of archaeological research. You will also take either a human geography or physical geography option. As with year one, you will choose from a range of optional modules. You will also be helped to develop advanced research skills in both disciplines, in order to prepare you for your third-year dissertation project You will be supported to develop advanced research skills in both disciplines to prepare for your third-year dissertation. You’ll have at least 10 hours of timetabled contact a week through lectures, seminars and tutorials. You must pass year two, which counts as 33% towards your final degree classification. In year three, you will write a 40-credit dissertation in either archaeology or geography. The remaining 80 credits will be taken from a range of geography and archaeology modules to develop advanced knowledge and skills.

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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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £26250* 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 £26250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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