- Accredited by both the Chartered Institute for Archaeology and University Archaeology UK, with hands-on fieldwork at its core, MSci Archaeology is designed to be the ideal start to a professional archaeology 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.
- Spend 14 weeks in the field, working on real research excavations across the UK, making significant finds while developing both specialist and transferrable skills and knowledge.
- Undertake a major independent research project on a topic of your choice in the 4th year, further developing your skills and employability.
- 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.
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 Project, Archaeological Fieldwork II, Introduction to Professional Practice, Optional modules (choose three modules from the list below; not all modules are offered each year); 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. Year 4: Compulsory modules; Research Methods, Approaches to Archaeology, Archaeological Fieldwork III, Research Project (triple module).
How to apply
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English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||with 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
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|