Your degree combines hands-on learning with small-group teaching and lectures. You'll work in both the field and the laboratory, developing critical skills in diverse archaeological methods. You'll also have the chance to work alongside world-class researchers on a range of archaeological materials, from human bones to material culture.
Right from the start, you'll get in-depth archaeological experience. You'll do a minimum of six weeks either in the field, the laboratory or the workplace. We have a dedicated field school for excavation training and you'll have the chance to get involved in staff research projects, lab work and excavations.
You'll use your laboratory skills to analyse organic and inorganic materials. You'll learn how a range of scientific principles and methods can be used to explore topics such as environmental change, species evolution, adaptation and population resilience.
We have cutting-edge laboratory facilities and extensive archaeological research collections,
including human, animal and plant remains. We also have modern experimental equipment, including a 3D portable structured light scanner.
How your degree is structured
In the first year, you'll develop a global perspective on human origins and world civilisations. Our field school will give you a solid foundation in the methods of archaeological excavation.
In the second year, you'll take specialist modules on topics such as the natural sciences. You'll investigate how scientific approaches are applied to the investigation of global human development and the human past, drawing on the principles of biology, chemistry and physics.
The third year includes a wide range of optional modules, ranging from Zooarchaeology to Experimental Archaeology. An optional workplace learning module gives you the chance to gain valuable practical experience in a professional working environment. Your placement will be in the archaeology or heritage sector. For example, you might work for a commercial unit, in a laboratory or for a museum.
To complete your degree, you'll carry out a piece of original scientific research in the form of a dissertation. Your academic supervisor will work closely with you from the second year to develop your project. Your research will contribute to our understanding of the past and you'll share your findings in our student research conference.
BSc (Hons) Award
3 years Duration
F410 UCAS Code