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Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
September 2020
21,950 GBP

Program description


Archaeology provides a unique perspective as the only subject which deals with all the temporal and spatial dimensions of the human past. Defined as the study of the human past through its material remains, it studies a very broad range of evidence including landscapes, buildings and monuments; buried material such as artefacts, biological remains, and structures; and written sources.

Archaeology ranges chronologically from the earliest hominids circa five million years ago to the present day, and geographically across the entire inhabited world.

The BSc Archaeology honours degree programme will train you in the science of investigation. It addresses the 'big questions' about the human past over the huge periods of time for which there are no written records, so that the forensic skills of the archaeologist are to the fore.

The aims of the BSc Archaeology degree are to:

  • familiarise you with the disciplined and critical study of the past through the work of archaeologists
  • provide you with the expertise to assemble and critically analyse archaeological evidence.
  • provide you with the understanding of how to assemble the varied types of archaeological evidence and, where appropriate, written source material available for the study of these fields,
  • promote critical understanding of the political, social and cultural structures and achievements of past societies.
  • cultivate your archaeological skills and transferable skills, including, the ability to recover, record and assess evidence of widely differing kinds, to make honest and informed judgements, and to express them cogently in speech and writing.

Distinctive features

The Archaeology degree schemes are noted for their geographical and chronological breadth and the range of choice they offer.  As a student at one of the highly respected Russell group universities, you will learn with staff who undertake exciting research in archaeology and history as well as developing innovative techniques in forensics, dating, and osteology.

Admission requirements

BBB-BBC Please note General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year One

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Web Development
  • Software Development Skills 1
  • Computational Thinking
  • Fundamentals of Computing with Java
  • Software Development Skills 2
  • Database Systems

Year Two

Core Modules

  • Database Systems
  • DevOps
  • Commercial Applications with Java
  • Performance and Scalability
  • Agile Project Management
  • Cyber Security

Year Three

Core Modules

  • Commercial Frameworks, Languages and Tools
  • Adopting Technology
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Large Team Project
  • Managing Change

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK & EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £21,950

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Archaeology combines a range of practical and research skills that encourage you to develop a range of discipline-specific skills that employer’s value. You will learn to assess critically a body of knowledge, to develop hypotheses, test them against qualitative and quantitative evidence, and present conclusions both in writing and orally. You will learn to work both independently and as part of a team.

Transferable Skills

  • Generation of coherent strategies and propositions in response to complex situations.
  • Structuring and writing reports of appropriate length on set questions and research topics.
  • Effective communication of ideas and arguments in oral and written presentations.
  • Organised and efficient working practices – individually as well as in a team.
  • Utilisation of information from a variety of resources, including libraries and the internet.
  • Employment of Information Technology e.g. spatial technologies (including GIS), visualization, data management, archaeological prospecting, modelling, social media, digital film and audio.
  • Rigorous and professional practices: able to take initiatives and accept significant responsibility within organisations.
  • Evidence based critical thinking

You can enhance your communications skills by working with schools, museums, businesses and community groups as part of our innovative public engagement activities.

Career opportunities

Career Prospects

Skilled software engineers are in extremely high demand, making employment prospects for graduates in the computing and ICT industry superb. According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey, 89% of graduates from the School of Computer Science and Informatics were in employment or engaged in further study within six months of graduating.

As a student at the National Software Academy you will get many opportunities to meet and work with companies and build your industrial contacts.

You can use your BSC as a pathway to further study on our brand-new MSc in Software Engineering or to the workforce. Our  graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Admiral and DevOps. Others have chosen further study or research at Cardiff or other top universities.

Cardiff University’s Careers and Employability Service is available to all students. Our School also has a dedicated Careers Officer and a Placement Officer that will be able to assist you with any careers advice.

Graduate Careers

  • Software Engineer
  • Web Developer
  • Systems Development Officer
  • Business Analyst

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Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...

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