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Course summary

This course offers an extensive overview of world archaeology in a general, wide-ranging degree providing teaching and training in a diverse array of social and scientific methods. With a broad range of modules on offer, this course will allow you to build subject and geographic specialisms suited to your own interests and career aspirations. Modules in British, European and World archaeology provide you with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of archaeology and heritage in different regions including Europe, the Near East, North Africa, and South and East Asia. Advanced skills training, practical, lab and field-based options, assist students in developing knowledge and expertise in, for example, data analysis, remote sensing, GIS and survey, materials analysis, 3-D modelling, museum and heritage skills and osteology. In the first year, students acquire a basic range of intellectual and practical archaeological skills. In the second and third years, students move to more in-depth study of particular topics and methods working closely with staff and developing their own independent research project in their third year. 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 that 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 Applied Archaeological Methods. 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) Advanced Skills in Archaeology (single) Developing Archaeological Research (required to take a dissertation in Archaeology at Level 3). Examples of optional modules: Choose two modules from the following lists of modules which have been available in previous years: Prehistoric Europe: from Foragers to State Formation Becoming Roman: from Iron Age to Empire in Italy and the West Archaeology of Medieval and Post-Medieval Britain in its European Context East Mediterranean in the Bronze Age Ancient Mediterranean Civilisations: East and West or Advanced Skills in Archaeology (double) or 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 3). Examples of optional modules: Choose two modules from the following lists of modules which have been available in previous years: Specialised Aspects in Archaeology 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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £24100 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £24100 Year 1

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Archaeology at Durham University - UCAS