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Bachelor's Degree in Archaeology and History

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Southampton
English
September 2021

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Archaeology and History

This joint honours history and archaeology degree offers you plenty of hands-on experience. You'll take part in at least 3 weeks of fieldwork in the UK or overseas. You'll explore and understand a range of periods, from the dawn of human history to the Cold War and 17th century witchcraft trials.

Archaeology looks at the past through the study of physical remains, including buildings, artefacts and the landscape itself. History draws on written and oral sources.

This historical archaeology degree will give you in-depth knowledge of both subjects, and develop your understanding of earlier human societies. You'll learn how to use and understand historical sources. You'll also learn how to identify and excavate archaeological sites, extracting as much information as possible from materials and records.

This course includes a wide variety of optional modules, covering subjects such as:

  • American slavery
  • women's history in modern Britain
  • apocalyptic visions of history
  • the French Revolution
  • human origins
  • landscapes and seascapes
  • emergence of civilisation

As part of this BA in history and archaeology you can choose to:

  • study abroad for a year or a semester
  • take a minor subject in a different subject area

You'll develop valuable skills for any future career, including:

  • problem solving
  • teamwork
  • project management

Admission requirements

A-levels

AAB to ABB including History or a related 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 History or a related subject

BTEC

  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus A to B in A level History or a related subject

or

  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus A to B in A level History or a related subject

or

  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA to AB to include A level History or a related subject

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
  • The development of Archaeological and Anthropological Thought
  • World Histories: Contact, Conflict and Culture from Ancient to Modern

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

  • Castles: Military technology and social change from the middle ages to the modern
  • Clash of Superpowers: United States versus China
  • Content and discontent: Culture and British society, 1815-1914
  • Debates and Issues in Archaeological Science
  • From Alexander to Augustus: leadership in the Ancient World
  • Humanities, the Human and the Non-Human
  • Introduction to Ethnography: Food and Culture
  • Jewish Life and Death in Europe
  • Landscapes and Seascapes of Britain’s Past
  • Pandemic, Famine, War and Popular Revolt: The Apocalyptic Fourteenth Century
  • Racism and Resistance: From Slavery to BLM
  • Sexual Politics: Gender History in Twentieth Century Britain
  • The Islamic World: Pakistan and Iran in the Modern Era
  • The Tudors
  • Wonderful things: World history in 40 objects

Year 2

  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Archaeology
  • Professional and Academic Practice in Archaeology

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

  • Ancient Rome: the First Metropolis
  • Arabian Nights and Days: The World of the 1001 Nights
  • Blitzed Brits: Politics, Society and Culture in the Second World War
  • Bones, bodies and burials: osteology and comparative anatomy
  • Critical Chronologies: Archaeological dating
  • Digging Data: quantitative data analysis in Archaeology
  • From Black and White to Colour: A Screen History of Race, Gender and Sexuality in Post-War Britain
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Human Dispersal and Evolution
  • Immigration, Race and Ethnicity in France
  • Imperial China: From China’s mythical emperors to the 19th century
  • Imperialism and Nationalism in British India
  • Introduction to European Prehistory
  • Islamism – from the 1980s to the present
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Myth and the Ancient World
  • Nelson Mandela: A South African life
  • Plague, Fire and Popish Plots: The Worlds of Charles II
  • Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England
  • Ragtime! The Making of Modern America
  • Retail Therapy: A journey through the cultural history of shopping
  • Roman Emperors and Imperial Lives
  • Sex, Death and Money: the United Kingdom in the 1960s
  • Stalin and Stalinism
  • The Age of Discovery? c.1350-c.1650
  • The EU and European Identity
  • The First British Empire: the beginnings of English dominance, 1050-1300
  • The Life and Afterlife of the Vikings
  • The Making of Englishness
  • The power of Rome: Europe’s first empire
  • Treason and Plot: A History of Modern Treason
  • Underworlds: A cultural history of urban nightlife in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Vienna and Berlin: Society, Politics and Culture from 1890 to the Present
  • Wellington and the war against Napoleon
  • Witchcraft in England, 1542-1736

Year 3

  • Archaeology Dissertation
  • History Dissertation

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

  • A Short History of the Ethics of War
  • A Short History of the Homosexual
  • A Short History of the Populist Leader
  • America and the world, 1945-2020: technology, conflict and the lives of others (Part 1)
  • America and the world, 1945-2020: technology, conflict and the lives of others (Part 2)
  • An ambivalent asylum: the histories and memories of refugees in early twentieth-century France
  • Archaeology of Seafaring
  • Ecology of human evolution: biological, social and cultural approaches to hominin adaptations.
  • Emperor Julian and the Last Pagans of Rome Part 1, Julian: hero and apostate
  • Emperor Julian and the Last Pagans of Rome Part 2, Julian: hero and apostate
  • Empires In Crisis: The Austro-Hungarian And Russian Revolutions, 1900-1921 (Part 1)
  • Empires In Crisis: The Austro-Hungarian And Russian Revolutions, 1900-1921 (Part 2)
  • Entangled Histories: France and Germany in the mid-century era (Part 1)
  • Entangled Histories: France and Germany in the mid-century era (Part 2)
  • From Tyranny to Revolution: England 1625-49: Part 1
  • From Tyranny to Revolution: England, 1625-49 Part 2
  • GIS for Archaeology
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Iron Age Societies
  • Language and the City
  • 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
  • Reading Histories
  • Stonehenge to Skara Brae: the Neolithic of Britain
  • The British in India: From the East India Company to Partition (Part 1)
  • The British in India: From the East India Company to Partition (Part 2)
  • War on Land and at Sea, c.1300-c.1453 Part 1
  • War on Land and at Sea, c.1300-c.1453 Part 2
  • ‘Great’ Britain? Rethinking Victorian society (Part 1)
  • ‘Great’ Britain? Rethinking Victorian society (Part 2)

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.

Qualification

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

You'll graduate with transferable skills in:

  • teamwork
  • project management
  • evidence-based research
  • problem solving

Continuing studies

This degree is also a great foundation for further study at master's or PhD level.

Career opportunities

Your Archaeology and History degree will provide excellent preparation for future employment, including for historical archaeology jobs. This programme offers a balance of sciences and arts, and provides a range of practical and theory-based components.

This degree positions you well for a career in a range of areas, including:

  • professional archaeology
  • cultural history archaeologist
  • heritage management and museums
  • financial and legal services
  • local government and planning
  • civil servant
  • policy advisor
  • intelligence officer
  • teacher
  • recruitment consultant
  • risk analyst
  • army officer

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