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Archaeology and Medieval History

Cardiff University
6 years
Part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Cardiff
English

Program description

Archaeology and Medieval History

The BA in Archaeology and Medieval History gives you the opportunity to combine the study of the human past from pre-history to the medieval era through its material remains with particular insight into the history of people in the medieval period.

The programme offers a balance between modules covering the medieval historical period and, thematic modules that examine broad social and cultural topics, such as warfare, gender, religion, art and science, as well as modules that provide training in archaeological skills, methods and techniques. It is designed to cultivate the skills of the historian and of the archaeologist, namely, the ability to assess evidence critically, to evaluate different interpretations of the evidence, to construct arguments on the basis of evidence, and to express opinions cogently in speech and in writing.

It provides the training necessary for students who wish to study Medieval History or Archaeology at postgraduate level and a valuable range of transferable skills for students who enter other professions.

Admission requirements

ABB, including History.

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

  • Medieval Worlds, AD 500 -1500
  • History in Practice Part 1: Questions, Frameworks and Audiences.
  • Discovering Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Britain: Prehistory to Present

Optional Modules

  • Voices of the Past: the Hidden History of the Ancient World
  • Medieval Queenship
  • If These Finds Could Talk: The Archaeology of Objects
  • Migration and the Making of Multicultural Britain
  • A World Full of Gods
  • Projecting the Past: Film, Media and Heritage
  • Inventing a Nation: Politics, Culture and Heritage
  • Medieval Worlds, AD 500 -1500
  • Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution
  • History in Practice Part 1: Questions, Frameworks and Audiences.
  • History in Practice Part 2: Sources, Evidence and Argument.
  • Introduction to Conservation Skills
  • Conservation Skills in Practice
  • Visual Analysis of Artefacts
  • Chemistry of Conservation Materials
  • The Archaeology of Mediterranean Societies: Egypt, Greece and Rome
  • Analysing Archaeology
  • Discovering Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Britain: Prehistory to Present
  • The Ancient World in 20 Objects
  • Introduction to Ancient History 1: Gods, Kings and Citizens, 1000-323 BCE
  • Introduction to Ancient History 2: Empires East and West, 323 BCE to 680 CE
  • Reading Latin1
  • Reading Latin 2
  • Reading Greek 1
  • Reading Greek 2
  • The Origins and Legacies of Religion in the Modern World
  • Themes and Issues in the Study of Religion
  • Introduction to a Scriptural Language 1
  • Introduction to a Scriptural Language 2
  • Introduction to the Bible
  • The Story of Christianity

Year Two

Core Modules

  • Archaeology Field and Practical Skills 1

Optional Modules

  • Now and Next: From Academia to Employment (30 Credits)
  • Now and Next: From Academia to Employment (20 Credits)
  • Approaches to History
  • Exploring Historical Debate
  • War, Peace and Diplomacy, c.900-c.1250
  • Heresy and Dissent, 1000-1450
  • Poverty and Relief in Medieval Europe
  • The Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxons
  • Geophysical Surveying
  • Iron Age Britain
  • Post-Roman Celtic Britain
  • The History of Archaeological Thought
  • Aegean Bronze Age: Emergence to Collapse
  • Art and Archaeology of Classical Greece
  • Pharaohs of the Sun
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Evidence Based Preservation of Organics
  • Managing Metallic and Inorganic Cultural Heritage
  • Museums' Collections Management
  • Archaeology Independent Study
  • Archaeological Illustration and Photography
  • Spatial Technologies and Geographical Information Systems
  • At Home with the Romans: Domestic Space and Society
  • Greek Warfare
  • Life in Ancient Rome

Year Three

Core Modules

  • Archaeology Field and Practical Skills 2

Optional Modules

  • Dissertation
  • The World of the Anglo-Saxons, c.500-c.1087
  • Sexuality and the Social Order in Medieval Europe
  • The Military Orders, 1100-1320
  • Kingship: Image and Power, c.1000-1399
  • The Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxons
  • Geophysical Surveying
  • Iron Age Britain
  • Post-Roman Celtic Britain
  • Aegean Bronze Age: Emergence to Collapse
  • Art and Archaeology of Classical Greece
  • Pharaohs of the Sun
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Archaeology Dissertation
  • Evidence Based Preservation of Organics
  • Managing Metallic and Inorganic Cultural Heritage
  • Museums' Collections Management
  • Archaeological Illustration and Photography
  • Spatial Technologies and Geographical Information Systems
  • Death and Burial in the Roman World
  • At Home with the Romans: Domestic Space and Society
  • Greek Warfare
  • Life in Ancient Rome

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for EU Students is £3,500.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £8,850

Scholarships & funding

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

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

  • Intellectual skills - Such as critical thinking, reasoning, assimilating and summarising complex information and ideas, analysing and evaluating evidence, critiquing interpretations or arguments, coping with uncertainty or incomplete data, constructing arguments based on evidence, and presenting them effectively in writing and in debate.
  • Employability skills - Such as effective communication through written reports and oral presentations, contributing to group discussions, working independently and in teams, using IT resources effectively, and time management;
  • Enterprise skills - Such as creativity (practised especially in the Independent Study project), problem-solving, initiative, and independent thinking.
  • Research skills - (Developed especially in the Independent Study and Dissertation): Defining a project, formulating research questions, locating relevant information, and presenting the results in an oral presentation and an extended written report.
  • Discipline-specific skills - Analysing historical and archaeological problems, locating and using appropriate evidence and bibliographic resources, handling literary and archaeological material, analysing images,  and understanding the scholarly conventions used in relation to these types of evidence.
  • Practical archaeological skills - Such as fieldwork skills, illustration, photography, surveying, geophysics, GIS, dating, scientific analysis of artefacts, bones, soils and plant remains, museum practice and public outreach.

Career opportunities

Graduate Careers

  • Historian
  • Curator
  • Lecturer

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