Our degree in Archaeology integrates traditional archaeology with the practical application of scientific methods that are applied to today’s archaeology. It is a professionally-focused degree in archaeology with a strong fieldwork component and a focus on human osteology or the environment. Your degree pathway in the second and final years will comprise a number of compulsory core modules that characterise this combination of archaeology and applied archaeological science. We offer a number of clear pathways, which will provide you with a specialism in, for example, prehistoric archaeology or in cultural resource management. Placement The course is underpinned by the opportunity to undertake a placement and by a substantial individual research dissertation in a topic of your own choosing. The placement year gives you the opportunity to gain real experience and professional training within your degree in order to kick-start your career. It is unique and valued throughout the archaeological world. We have sent students to every continent over the 40 years the programme has been running. Professional accreditation Students who have completed the placement year can apply for Associate Membership of the Institute for Archaeologists. Rankings Our BSc (Hons) Archaeology and BSc (Hons) Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology programmes received 94% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020.
Year 1: Archaeological Theory and Method (core), Archaeology of the British Isles (core), Field Course I (Malham) (core), Human Evolution (core), Humans: Past and Present (core) Scientific Frameworks (core) Year 2: Advanced Methods in Archaeology (core), Archaeology Field Course (core), Artefact Studies (core), Instrumental Analysis (core), Laboratory Science (core), Theoretical Archaeology (core), Celts, Greeks & Romans: the Iron Age in Europe (option), Ecology and Bioarchaeology (option), Heritage Management with GIS (option), Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) (option) Year 3: Placement Year 4: Archaeometry (core), Individual Project (core), Forensic Archaeology (option), Geohazards: Past, Present, and Future (option), Human Osteoarchaeology (option), Hunter Gatherers: Present and Past (option), Reconstructing Past Environments (option), The Viking Settlement of the North Atlantic (option)
The teaching and learning strategy takes into consideration the learning outcomes, progression through the levels of study, the nature of the subject and the student intake, and the need for you to take greater responsibility for your own learning as you progress through the programme. The assessment strategy is designed to support the learning outcomes of each programme and each specific module. A wide range of formative and summative assessment methods are used, including essays, worksheets, laboratory reports, group-work, poster (in the placement year) and oral presentations, reflective journals and examinations.
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
Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A-levels awarded from August 2017 onwards). The University welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications from the UK and overseas, including combinations of qualifications. To check whether your qualifications meet the entry requirements for this course, please contact the University. English Language requirements for International and EU applicants: The standard University requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.0 (or equivalent). However, if you require a Tier 4 (student) visa to study you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department's requirement which is currently IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5. Conditional offers to international students will be made on this basis.
The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|