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Archaeology/Religious Studies

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

Program description

Archaeology/Religious Studies

The joint honours BA in Religious Studies and Archaeology allows you the opportunity to combine the study of religion with the study of past human communities through material excavations, from the earliest human origins through to the late middle-ages. Additionally it provides a range of important transferable skills useful for entry into the graduate job market.

You will have the opportunity to explore some of the fundamental questions of existence in a flourishing centre of research. Archaeology addresses big questions about the human past for much of which no written record is available. The Archaeology courses at Cardiff University concentrate on the British Isles, Europe and the eastern Mediterranean, including Egypt. 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 the department’s facilities which include bespoke teaching and research laboratories, dedicated geophysical and surveying equipment and a range of sophisticated equipment for the analysis of artefacts.

Religion has been part of human experience from the earliest traces of human existence up to the present day. It has been the way most cultures have sought to express their understanding of the purpose of life and the foundation of personal and social behaviour.  Your lecturers are active researchers in their fields, bringing the latest research into teaching.  The course aims 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.

Admission requirements

BBB-BBC 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
  • Discovering Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Britain: Prehistory to Present
  • The Origins and Legacies of Religion in the Modern World

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • What is Religion

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
  • 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
  • Greek Warfare 
  • Life in Ancient Rome
  • Independent Study or Critical Translation
  • Exploring Christian Doctrine
  • Christian Ethics 
  • The Hebrew Bible: Stories, Suffering and Justice
  • Buddhism: The First Thousand Years
  • Intermediate Scriptual Language
  • Elementary Language for the Study of Religion
  • Further Elementary Language for the Study of Religion
  • Emotions, Symbols and Rituals: Introducing the Anthropology of Religion through Film
  • Foundational Ethics
  • From Jesus to the New Jerusalem: New Testament Studies
  • History and Religion of Ancient Israel

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
  • 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
  • Greek Warfare
  • Life in Ancient Rome
  • Dissertation or Critical Translation
  • The War of the Worlds: An Introduction to the Mahabharata
  • The Life and Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Exploring Gnosticism
  • Islam in the Contemporary World
  • The War Against the Jews: Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Jewish Experience
  • Advanced Scriptural Language
  • Religion and the News: Conflict and Context

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

The full Tuition fee for UK & EU Students is £9,000.The Tuition fee for students from outside the EU is £17,700

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of essential transferable and discipline-specific skills, including:

  • Intellectual skills such as critical thinking, reasoning, assimilating and summarising complex information and ideas, analysing and evaluating evidence, critiquing interpretations or arguments, coping with uncertain 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, problem-solving, initiative, and independent thinking;
  • Research skills (developed especially in the Dissertation module): 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 in Religious Studies:
  • Analysing historical problems, locating and using appropriate evidence and bibliographic resources, handling literary and archaeological material, analysing images, reading inscriptions, papyri and coins, and understanding the scholarly conventions used in relation to these types of evidence; exploration of different religious traditions; critical analysis of concepts, theories and methods of Religious Studies (History of Religions, Anthropology, Sociology, Philosophy, Theology)
  • Language skills: the programme offers an opportunity for students to study Latin, Greek, Arabic, and Sanskrit at beginner’s and intermediate level, and to read texts in the original languages
  • Discipline specific skills in Archaeology:
  • 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.

Career opportunities

Career Prospects

In 2016/17, 96% 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 in giving our graduates the best opportunities to find employment. We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help you identify your skills and attributes and have our own, in-School Workplace Placements and employability officer.

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