Do you have a genuine passion for the material culture of the past? On our BA Archaeology you will study from a broad chronological and geographical perspective, with topics ranging from human evolution and prehistory to Greek sculpture, and the Roman Middle East to medieval Italy. You will choose from modules spanning not only history, classics and archaeology, but also geography, literature and art history. In studying archaeology, you will develop the ability to understand the lived experiences of past peoples. You will learn the essential analytical techniques of archaeology to develop your understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in the interpretation of material remains. Practical archaeological experience is a key element of this degree. It involves you learning through the study of archives and practice in the field, alongside professionals from Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) on the Thames Through Time field school. The archaeology course is ideal if you have a keen interest in understanding the past through people’s relationships with things and places. You will develop the ability to construct and present convincing archaeological arguments through text and image by:
- accessing and interpreting written, graphic and material evidence
- honing your skills in dealing with data
- questioning accepted histories.
- You will gain valuable experience of working with professionals from Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) on the Thames Through Time field school module. This is an intensive fieldwork experience that gives you practical exposure to archaeological finds and features. It will also give you an insight into possible future careers.
- Birkbeck was ranked in the top eight universities in the UK for its History research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.
- Situated in historic Bloomsbury, we are at the heart of academic London with access to unparalleled research resources. Situated very close by are: the Institute of Historical Research and the Institute of Classical Studies, with their specialist libraries, training facilities and seminars; the British Museum and other world-class galleries and museums; and the British Library, the largest national library in the world.
- The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is home to thriving student societies and a number of affiliated research centres that actively run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research.
- Get a flavour of the department through the wide range of free online and in-person seminars, workshops and tasters; check out our Discover the Past and taster courses as well as events at the Raphael Samuel History Centre, a leading centre for public history which the department co-directs.
- heritage manager
- museum/gallery curator
- higher education lecturer.
For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.
Examinations, taken at the end of each academic year, coursework and a dissertation written in the final year. Every module you take includes some form of assessment and, in addition, an attendance requirement, so you will need to attend at least 60% of classes in order to pass.
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
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. FOUNDATION YEAR DEGREES If you need extra support before starting an undergraduate degree, we offer a BA Archaeology with Foundation Year degree, which provides an extra year of supported study. This is an ideal route if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied this subject, or if you did not achieve the grades you need for a place on this degree. Once you successfully complete the Foundation Year, you will automatically advance onto the main degree. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES Birkbeck's Certificate of Higher Education in History and Archaeology can lead to exemption from Year 1.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.