Placing the study of the human past at the centre of archaeological science enquiry, our BSc Archaeology will provide you with a solid grounding in the theory and application of scientific principles, data and techniques within archaeology, from the scale of molecules to monumental complexes. As a BSc Archaeolgy student, you’ll develop critical, analytical and transferable skills that prepare you for professional, scientific, academic and research careers - whether in the exciting and rapidly advancing area of archaeological science or in a wide range of other fields and sectors. We have particular strengths in relation to bioarchaeology (the study of human and animal remains, ancient DNA and isotope analysis), materials science (ceramics, metals and glass), digital archaeology and field techniques. Our programme will offer you a robust understanding of analytical techniques, delivers practical experience in their application and data processing, and the ability to design and communicate research that employs scientific analyses to address archaeological questions. We’ll enable you to follow your passions and nurture your curiosity, exploring topics that matter to you. Through a combination of science and thematic or period-based modules, you’ll be able to situate your scientific training within the archaeological contexts of your choice. You’ll develop a broad understanding of the archaeology of Britain and the Mediterranean World, coupled with the opportunity to specialise in your areas of interest. A core component of our programme is eight weeks of professional placement, typically on an archaeological excavation, though placements are wide-ranging (e.g. laboratories, museums etc). These memorable placements take place in the summers following Year One and Year Two, in the UK and overseas, developing your skills in an authentic context. As well as practical skills, honed in the field and our excellent, purpose-built and newly refurbished lab facilities, you’ll develop key research skills through the second-year independent project. Supported by one of our expert staff, you’ll plan and undertake an archaeological research project on a topic of your choosing. The optionality and increased specialisation as you progress means you will enjoy a programme of high integrity, tailored to furnishing you with skills of value within and beyond the heritage sector. Graduating with a broad understanding of the application of scientific data and methods, as well as first-hand experience of their practical application, your skills – including teamworking, leadership and communication – will be valued by employers. You’ll be ideally placed to progress into a range of careers, with recent graduates working in the heritage sector (e.g. for archaeological contractors, museums and heritage bodies) or diverse roles from teaching to the police and a wide range of graduate training schemes. Distinctive Features of the Programme Placements – home and abroad Eight weeks of professional placement in the field or a heritage organisation, allowing you to apply and develop your scientific skills in a professional, authentic setting. Promoting the practical A responsive programme with a focus on practical skills and scientific enquiry that are valuable to employers both within and outside of archaeology. Expert-led Staff with extensive professional and laboratory experience integrating cutting edge archaeological science across academic and commercial archaeology. Rich in resources Materials, facilities, analytical instrumentation, equipment and library resources to undertake meaningful independent scientific research.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
We do not accept Critical Thinking, General Studies, Citizenship Studies, or other similar equivalent subjects. We will accept a combination of BTEC subjects, A-levels, and other qualifications, subject to the course specific grade and subject requirements.
English language requirements
All applicants are expected to have demonstrable English language skills. Most courses ask for GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent, but some courses ask for GCSE English grade B/6 or equivalent.
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9000||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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