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Archaeology/History

Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Cardiff
English

Program description

Archaeology/History

The BA in Archaeology and History gives students the opportunity to combining the study of History with the study of the human past from the earliest human origins through to the recent past. 

Many students find joint honours degrees both stimulating and rewarding as they observe both similarities and differences between the two subjects. Often there are complementary issues and perspectives and skills that link the subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research.  The degree provides the training necessary for students who wish to study Archaeology or History at postgraduate level, and a valuable range of intellectual and transferable skills for students who enter other professions.

Archaeology addresses big questions about the human past for much of which no written record is available. Archaeology at Cardiff University concentrates on the British Isles, Europe and the eastern Mediterranean. You will learn with staff who undertake exciting research on all periods from early human origins to the recent past. You will also benefit from our bespoke teaching and research laboratories, dedicated geophysical and surveying equipment and a range of sophisticated equipment for the analysis of artefacts.

History at Cardiff University enables you to learn about the very different worlds of people in the past and to better understand the present. It gives you an insight into the process of change from ancient Greece and Rome, through the medieval to the modern periods. You may study the history of societies in diverse parts of the globe, from India and China, through Germany and France, to Britain, Wales and Cardiff. Above all you will learn to 'do history' yourself, and will thus acquire the sorts of skills that employers prize. You will learn to think independently, and to analyse and assess a body of material, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and present your conclusions clearly.

The degree aims to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the material evidence for a wide range of periods and societies, and to cultivate intellectual skills such as 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.  We deliver a degree which offers a challenging and diverse programme of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships within the School.

Admission requirements

ABB-BBB Please note that 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

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year One

Core Modules

  • History in Practice Part 1: Questions, Frameworks and Audiences.
  • The Archaeology of Mediterranean Societies: Egypt, Greece and Rome
  • 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
  • The Making of The Modern World, 1750-1970
  • Making Global Histories: Asia and the West
  • Inventing a Nation: Politics, Culture and Heritage
  • Medieval Worlds, AD 500 -1500
  • Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution
  • 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

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
  • Entangled Histories: Wales and the wider World,1714-1858
  • Hanes wedi ei Gyd-Weu: Cymru a’r Byd, 1714–1858
  • War, Peace and Diplomacy, c.900-c.1250
  • Heresy and Dissent, 1000-1450
  • Poverty and Relief in Medieval Europe
  • Reformation and Revolution: Stuart Britain, 1603-1714
  • From Dreyfus to the National Front: France, 1898-2012
  • A Great Leap Forward China Transformed, 1840-present
  • Europe between the two World Wars
  • The American Revolution
  • From King Coal to Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939-2000
  • Radicalism and the Common People, 1789-1880
  • Urban Visions, Rural Dreams: City and Country in Britain and the United States, 1850-2000
  • India and The Raj, 1857-1947
  • The Search for an Asian Modern: Japanese History from 1800 to the Post-War Era
  • Martyrs and Collaborators: Catholicism behind the Iron Curtain
  • Europe, East and West, 1945-1995
  • The Soviet Century: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1905-1991
  • Making Empires: Britain and the World, 1541-1714
  • 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
  • Death and Burial in the Roman World
  • 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
  • Deviants, Rebels and Witches in Early Modern Britain and Ireland
  • Germany's New Order in Europe, 1933-1945
  • Conflict, Coercion and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China 1911-1945
  • Fascism and Anti-Fascism in France
  • Race, Sex and Empire: Britain and India, 1765-1929
  • Wales, the English reform movement and the French Revolution of 1789
  • Glimpses of the Unfamiliar: Travellers to Japan from 1860 to the Post-War Era
  • Socialism, Society and Politics in Britain, 1880-1918
  • Remembering the Holocaust in Germany: Coming to Terms with the Past?
  • Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales, 1918-39
  • Health and Medicine in Early Modern Britain
  • Violence and Ideology in Inter-War Soviet Russia
  • Czechoslovakia: The View from Central Europe
  • From Hernando de Soto to the Seven Years' War: Accommodation, Violence and Networks in Native American History
  • The Dangerous City? Urban Society and Culture, 1800-1914
  • The Arts in War and Peace: Culture and Politics in Britain, c.1930-1960
  • 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
  • At Home with the Romans: Domestic Space and Society
  • Life in Ancient Rome
  • The War Against the Jews: Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Jewish Experience

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK & EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £17,700

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

Career Prospects

In 2015/16, 94% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes. Our graduates find work in a wide range of related and non-related professional employment. Some choose to undertake postgraduate study at Cardiff or elsewhere, and some have become internationally reputed historians.

We believe in giving our graduates the best opportunities to find employment. We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes and have our own, in-School Workplace Placements and employability officer. Some of our graduates enter professions which make direct use of their academic expertise. The majority however compete very successfully in a wide range of other fields.

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