Birkbeck, University of London

Archaeology with Foundation Year Birkbeck, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate

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Do you have a genuine interest in the material culture of the past? On this course you will study from a broad chronological and geographical perspective, with topics ranging from prehistoric Britain to Greek sculpture, and the Roman Middle East to medieval Italy.

The study of archaeology develops the ability to understand how people lived, acted with their physical environment and thought in the past. The course includes a wide variety of options across a span of prehistoric, ancient and medieval periods, from Britain to the Near East.

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 the degree, and includes learning through the resources of archives, collections and practice in the field.

This course is ideal if you have a keen interest in understanding the past through people’s relationships with things and places. We will encourage you to access written, graphic and material evidence (including skills in dealing with data), and to question accepted histories, so that you will develop the ability to construct and present convincing archaeological arguments through text and image.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you can automatically progress on to our three-year, full-time evening study BA Archaeology.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Our Foundation Year programmes will fully prepare you for undergraduate study and are ideal if you returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree.

  • In the 2017 National Student Survey, our history and archaeology courses came top in London for teaching and for overall course satisfaction, and sixth in the country for teaching.

  • This course fuses subject and practice and covers a deep time range, from prehistory onwards to the ancient and medieval periods, and a wide geographical sweep. You will learn through taught lectures, seminars, field trips, visits to museum collections, as well as excavations on our field school at the end of the first year (and again at advanced level).

  • Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is a world-renowned centre of original, influential research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), History at Birkbeck was ranked sixth in the UK for the percentage of our research deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. 94% of our eligible staff submitted research and we achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.

  • Our wide-ranging programmes encompass fascinating periods and areas of study, from human prehistory through to classical civilisation, the medieval and early modern periods, and on to twenty-first-century history, politics and international relations.

Course details

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

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

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code V401
Institution code B24
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

If you are an EU or International student and you are interested in this programme, please contact our International Team for advice and guidance.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

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.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6,325 Year 1
International £13,675 Year 1
England £6,325 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,325 Year 1
Scotland £6,325 Year 1
Wales £6,325 Year 1

Additional fee information

Full-time home/EU students, Year 1: £6325 pa Full-time international students, Year 1: £13675 pa Full-time home/EU students, Year 2+: £9250 pa Full-time international students, Year 2+: £13675 pa Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases. As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits. On this programme, you will also have to pay for the following additional costs: The one-week field trip to Peterborough is a compulsory element of this programme. You will have to pay for your own transport to and from Peterborough and for any accommodation costs, should you choose to stay in Peterborough. You will be transported to the site from Peterborough station daily, at no additional cost, for the duration of the field trip.

Provider information

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Camden
WC1E 7HX


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