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Archaeology/Philosophy

Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Cardiff
English
September 2020
17,700 GBP

Program description

Archaeology/Philosophy

The BA in Archaeology and Philosophy gives you the opportunity to combine the study of philosophy with the study of the past from the earliest human origins through to the late middle ages. 

Archaeology addresses big questions about the human past for much of which no written record is available. This course concentrates on the British Isles, Europe and the eastern Mediterranean, including Egypt.

As a student at Cardiff, you will learn with staff who undertake cutting-edge research on all periods from early human origins to the recent past. You will also benefit from our state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, dedicated geophysical and surveying equipment and a range of sophisticated equipment for the analysis of artefacts.

Philosophy at Cardiff is distinct for its strong emphasis on ethics, politics, and aesthetics and its equal attention to ‘analytic’ and ‘Continental’ styles of Western philosophy.

Many students find joint honours both stimulating and rewarding as they observe both similarities and differences between the two subjects. Often there are complementary issues and perspectives as well as skills and that link the subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research.

Each school involved in delivering the degree offers a challenging course of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • A strong emphasis on ethics, politics, and aesthetics
  • Equal attention to ‘analytic’ and ‘Continental’ styles of Western philosophy
  • Close contacts with local historical sites such as St Fagans National History Museum, Caerleon and Caerwent – allowing additional links with archaeology as an academic discipline
  • An excavation or archaeological placement at the end of year two and year three, organised and funded by the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff.

Admission requirements

ABB-BBB. You will not need to achieve these from any specific subjects. However, 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

Year One

Core Modules

  • The Archaeology of Mediterranean Societies: Egypt, Greece and Rome
  • The Archaeology of Britain: Prehistory to Present
  • Mind, Thought and Reality
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Critical Thinking

Optional Modules

  • A World Full of Gods
  • Projecting the Past: Film, Media and Heritage
  • Analysing Archaeology
  • Discovering Archaeology

Year Two

Core Modules

  • Archaeology Field and Practical Skills 1

Optional Modules

  • Now and Next: From Academia to Employment (20 Credits)
  • 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
  • Museums' Collections Management
  • Archaeological Illustration and Photography
  • Spatial Technologies and Geographical Information Systems
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Metaphysics
  • French Existentialism
  • Modern Moral Philosophy
  • Contemporary Ethical Theory
  • Epistemology
  • Credoau'r Cymry
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Feminism
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Damcaniaethu a Dadfeilio’r Gymdeithas Gyfalafol
  • Aesthetics
  • ENCAP Employability Module

Year Three

Core Modules

  • Archaeology Field and Practical Skills 2

Optional Modules

  • 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
  • Museums' Collections Management
  • Archaeological Illustration and Photography
  • Spatial Technologies and Geographical Information Systems
  • Metaethics
  • Moral Psychology
  • The Problem of Consciousness
  • Dissertation in Philosophy
  • Cyfiawnder Byd-eang
  • Hanes Athroniaeth yr 20fed Ganrif yng Nghymru
  • Cognition and Technology
  • Animal Minds
  • The Social Imagination
  • Modern German Philosophy
  • Athroniaeth Crefydd
  • Belief & Irrationality
  • Desires, Emotions and Happiness
  • Ethics of Knowing
  • Beauty & Ethics
  • Moral Responsibility

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?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’, which will allow you to:

  • Grasp complex issues with confidence
  • Ask the right questions of complex texts
  • Have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • Identify and apply relevant data
  • Propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • Work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • Learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
  • Work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • Use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
  • Take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

Career opportunities

Career Prospects

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

In 2015/16, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Philosophy graduates have excellent analytic and communication skills that fit them for a full range of professions and further training. Their cultural expertise and intellectual abilities are valued in the public and private sector, and in contexts as varied as the classroom, the law courts or the media.

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

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 believe that archaeology students are particularly well placed to compete for employment as their degree involves a range of practical and academic skills which have a wide value beyond archaeology. These transferable skills have permitted our graduates to find work in journalism, banking, finance, teaching and a wide range of other areas.

We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes. Many of our graduates enter professions which make direct use of their academic expertise such as work in archives or museums. The majority, however, compete very successfully in a wide range of other fields.

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