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Course summary

Art, in its many forms, surrounds us. But how do we use objects and spaces to express ourselves and negotiate our identities, politics and culture? On this course, you will combine techniques from art history and archaeology to explore visual and material culture from antiquity to the present day. Field trips to local and national archaeological sites, museums and galleries are an important part of the course. You will also complete 10 days of archaeological fieldwork. This will be 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 from both subjects. Each subject is taught separately, but you can choose a uniting theme for your final year dissertation. It is not necessary to have studied art or history of art to apply for this course.


Our first-year core modules are designed as an introduction. Even if you haven’t studied archaeology or history of art 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 module will study the principles and methods of archaeological investigation and art interpretation, making you aware of the key issues in both disciplines. You will also choose from further optional archaeology 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. In year two, your core module will study more advanced approaches and interpretation techniques of archaeological research. You will also choose from a range of archaeology topics and periods for more in-depth study. For history of art, you can choose academic modules which allow you to explore art history in a range of geographical and historical contexts, with an additional work placement option. 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 dissertation in either History or Archaeology, while still taking optional modules in both subjects. You’ll have at least eight hours of timetabled contact a week through lectures, seminars and tutorials. You must pass year three, which counts as 67% towards your final degree classification.

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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 GCSE requirements - English grade c ( numeric grade 4)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £21500* 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 £21500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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