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BA (Hons) Archaeology & Anthropology

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  • UCAS Code:
    VL46
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

This popular BA gives you a solid foundation in the study of human societies, past and present, inspired by a diverse and compelling interdisciplinary curriculum.

Backed by high student satisfaction rates and drawing from our established and well-respected archaeological, anthropological and sociological programmes, this degree provides a broad-based education with an in-depth understanding of the diversity and richness of contemporary and past human societies, across the globe; ultimately bringing together our expertise and enthusiasm for all of these subjects in one place.

Alongside specialist theory, you’ll get a comprehensive grounding in the practical elements of archaeology and anthropology through working in our cutting-edge labs and out in the field. In your second year you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in social or biological, anthropology or archaeology, or if you’d like to take a broader focus, you can continue to study elements of all these disciplines.

The course also includes five or 30 weeks in the world of work (depending on the length of degree you choose), which you can complete at home or abroad. It’s a great way to cultivate the experience and contacts you’ll need to secure work after you graduate.

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We have three different anthropology programmes at BU, which offer a balanced foundation in the discipline at large. The three anthropology programmes differ only in the weighing of the archaeological, biological, or social and cultural perspectives on studying human life and human experience in past and present. When making your choice, we suggest that you consider the following programme specialisation:

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years full-time with an optional short placement, or 4 years with a 30-week placement

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 104-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 2.5mb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career, therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course. A placement year is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit students with:

  • An understanding of what archaeology and anthropology are
  • Enthusiasm for applying science to solve problems both in the study of the past and the present
  • An interest in both laboratory and field sciences
  • Good written and oral communication skills, and the ability to think analytically
  • An interest in archaeology or anthropology (e.g. from attending an excavation, visiting museums, entering science competitions, school project work, or relevant volunteer work).

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

Throughout your degree, you will learn skills to enable you to work in professional practice and you will be in a position to join fieldwork and other projects all over the world.

Because of the practical experience they gain, our archaeology and anthropology students are successful at finding work once they graduate – 90% of our students are working or studying 6 months after graduating.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

You can visit our department pages to read more about the specialist interests of our Archaeology & Anthropology staff, or register for an Open Day to meet us.

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Amber Williams

The facilities are amazing – the bone labs and anthropology labs are really good, they’ve got so many casts and specimens.

What our staff say

Dr Martin Smith

What we are most proud of is the way our past students have gone on to make a difference in the world in a wide range of roles and locations both here in the UK and internationally.