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Bachelor's Degree in Archaeology

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Southampton
English
September 2022

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Archaeology

Discover how human civilisations evolved, and why people and societies have changed over time. Through the latest techniques and technologies, you'll investigate how our ancestors lived, from the earliest human origins, to Neolithic Britain and Ancient Egypt. On BSc Archaeology you could look into climate change at the end of the last ice age or what the chemical composition of human bones can tell us about diet during the medieval period.

Archaeology is the study of the human past through its material remains, such as:

  • buildings
  • monuments
  • artefacts
  • biological remains
  • written sources
  • landscape

Whether in the laboratory or on a dig, you'll develop transferable skills by exploring questions about people in the past and in the present.

On this archaeology BSc, you'll focus on scientific methods and techniques, with options including:

  • studying human and animal bones
  • physics and chemistry of archaeological material
  • laboratory techniques for dating
  • maritime archaeology

You'll learn through research-led projects and practical field experience. You'll do a minimum of 3 weeks’ fieldwork as part of an active research project. This could include:

  • excavating archaeological sites
  • recording a standing building
  • conducting geophysical surveys
  • collecting archaeological material from ploughed fields

We have a purpose-built archaeology building, equipped with the latest science-based laboratories. Here, you'll gain hands-on experience with archaeological artefacts and materials, and receive the practical training needed for a career in archaeology.

Admission requirements

A-levels

AAB to ABB including a science based subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 34 to 32 points overall with 17 to 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in a science based subject

BTEC

  • Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC Extended Diploma in a science based subject

OR

  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus A to B in a science based A level.
  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma in a science based subject plus A to B in an A level

OR

  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus A to B in a science based A level.
  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in a science based subject plus AA to AB in an A level

OR

  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA to AB in a science based A level

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

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


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Program content

Year 1

  • Ancient and Medieval Worlds
  • Archaeological Methods for Fieldwork and Analysis
  • Debates and Issues in Archaeological Science
  • Emergence of Civilisation: domesticating ourselves and others
  • Human Origins
  • The development of Archaeological and Anthropological Thought

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Introduction to Ethnography: Food and Culture
  • Landscapes and Seascapes of Britain’s Past
  • Wonderful things: World history in 40 objects

Year 2

  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Archaeology
  • Digging Data: quantitative data analysis in Archaeology
  • Professional and Academic Practice in Archaeology

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Arabian Nights and Days: The World of the 1001 Nights
  • Bones, bodies and burials: osteology and comparative anatomy
  • Critical Chronologies: Archaeological dating
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Human Dispersal and Evolution
  • Introduction to European Prehistory
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • The Life and Afterlife of the Vikings
  • The power of Rome: Europe’s first empire

Year 3

  • Archaeology Dissertation

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Archaeology of Seafaring
  • Ecology of human evolution: biological, social and cultural approaches to hominin adaptations.
  • GIS for Archaeology
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Iron Age Societies
  • Later Anglo-Saxon England
  • Living with the Romans: Urbanism in the Roman Empire
  • Molecular Archaeology
  • More than Pyramids & Pharaohs? Ancient Egypt in Context
  • Photogrammetry and Data Visualisation in Archaeology
  • Presenting the past: Museums and Heritage
  • Stonehenge to Skara Brae: the Neolithic of Britain

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300

Qualification

  • Final award: Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons))
  • Name of award: Archaeology
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Career opportunities

Our archaeology graduates move into a wide range of industries, including:

  • archaeologist
  • conservator
  • museum worker
  • heritage worker
  • cartographer
  • aerial photographer
  • animator
  • virtual reality designer
  • forensic scientist

You'll also have transferable skills which will equip you for a wide range of careers outside archaeology, such as:

  • communication
  • problem-solving
  • teamwork
  • project management

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