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Bachelor's Degree in Archaeology and Anthropology

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021
Application deadline: 30 June 2021

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Archaeology and Anthropology

Explore how our ancestors engaged with the world, and gain a fascinating insight into what it means to be human. Studying archaeology and anthropology combines aspects of the humanities and the sciences. You'll study global human diversity in time and space, in a truly interdisciplinary way. Along with studying the theoretical background, you'll do fieldwork as part of an active research project in the UK or abroad.

Our BA Archaeology and Anthropology degree gives teaches you how human societies came into being, how they have changed over time, and the underlying reasons for human diversity today.

This degree integrates the disciplines of archaeology (the study of the human past through its material remains) and anthropology, which is made up of:

  • social anthropology (exploring how people in different places create meaning and build communities)
  • anthropological linguistics (the study of humans through the languages they use)
  • biological anthropology (looking at the physiological and genetic diversity in present and past human and primate societies)

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

Our archaeology and anthropology degree courses give you the opportunity to study a minor subject alongside the main programme.

Admission requirements



International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 to 30 points overall with 16 to 15 points at Higher Level


  • Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC Extended Diploma


  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus B in an A level


  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB to BB in two A levels

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

  • Archaeological Methods for Fieldwork and Analysis
  • Emergence of Civilisation: domesticating ourselves and others
  • Exploring Other Cultures
  • Human Origins
  • The development of Archaeological and Anthropological Thought
  • Understanding Everyday Life

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

  • Applications of Linguistics
  • Debates and Issues in Archaeological Science
  • Elements of Linguistics - Sound, Structure and Meaning
  • Introduction to Ethnography: Food and Culture
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Landscapes and Seascapes of Britain’s Past
  • Transformations of The Modern World
  • Wonderful things: World history in 40 objects

Year 2

  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Archaeology
  • Cosmology, Ritual and Belief
  • 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
  • Class Structure and Social Inequality
  • Critical Chronologies: Archaeological dating
  • Cultural Geography
  • Culture, Communication and Cognition
  • Digging Data: quantitative data analysis in Archaeology
  • Ethnography of Latin America
  • Gender & Society
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Human Dispersal and Evolution
  • Introduction to European Prehistory
  • Learning about Culture: Introduction to Ethnography
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Research Methods in The Social Sciences
  • Social Theory
  • Syntax: Studying Language Structure
  • The Life and Afterlife of the Vikings
  • The power of Rome: Europe’s first empire

Year 3

  • Archaeology Dissertation
  • Dissertation

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

  • Archaeology of Seafaring
  • Comparing Welfare States - Evolution, Politics & Impact
  • 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
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sexuality and Intimacy
  • 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

  • UK, Channel Island, Isle of Man and Irish students: £9,250 per year.
  • EU and international students: £18,520 per year.


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

Continuing studies

This degree is also a great foundation for further study at PhD level.

Career opportunities

An archaeology and anthropology degree is excellent preparation for future employment. The course offers a balance of sciences and arts, and provides a range of both practical and intellectual components.

This degree prepares you for careers in anthropology, professional archaeology and in a range of areas, including:

  • museums and the heritage sector
  • cartography and aerial photography
  • animation and virtual reality graphic design
  • commerce and marketing
  • the NHS
  • financial services
  • local government

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