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.
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.
These experiences, combined with your key archaeological skills, will prepare you for a professional career in archaeology or the heritage sector.
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. Optional science-based modules give you the chance to work with organic and inorganic materials and develop your laboratory skills.
How your degree is structured
The first year gives you a global perspective on human origins and world civilisations. You'll be introduced to archaeological research process and our field school will give you a solid foundation in the methods of archaeological excavation.
In the second year, you'll explore your subject in more depth, developing your research skills and archaeological practice. You'll have the opportunity to specialise in period-based modules such as Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England, and the Celtic West.
In your third year, you'll choose from a wide range of optional modules. Topics could include Later Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain & Ireland, Egypt in the Age of Empire, and Athens and the Black Sea. 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 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.
BA (Hons) Award
3 years Duration
F400 UCAS Code