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.
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 investigate human origins and civilisations from a global perspective. Our field school will give you a solid foundation in the methods of archaeological excavation.
In the second year you'll take specialist options. Topics could include archaeological materials and the prehistory of Europe and the Mediterranean. You'll also develop an understanding of how archaeological approaches can help us investigate global human development and interpret the past.
In your third year, you'll choose from a wide range of optional modules. Topics could include Later Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain & Ireland, Catastrophes and Climate Change: Prehistory to Modernity, and 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 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
V400 UCAS Code