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BSc (Hons) Archaeological & Forensic Sciences

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  • Clearing
  • UCAS Code:
    4K2M
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

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Increased professionalism, together with developments in science and technology, means archaeological and forensic sciences require high-quality scientists.

This course involves applying science in archaeological and forensic contexts. It offers you a distinctive blend of laboratory and field science within a rigorous academic framework, bridging the sciences and humanities. You'll be prepared for a wide range of career opportunities in archaeology, forensics and other applied sciences.

You'll be provided with theoretical and practical training covering crime scene science, toxicology, chemistry and molecular biology. The course draws on our expertise in forensic science, archaeology, anthropology, genocide investigation and toxicology.

You can also discover how anthropology offers a unique perspective on what it means to be human by choosing relevant option units in your second and third years, which you'll share with students on our Anthropology degree.

Over 90% of final year students studying archaeology and forensic science courses at BU agree our staff are good at explaining things and that they made the subject interesting, so why not come and meet us to find out more?

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2017, September 2018

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years with a 5-week placement, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement

Required subjects:

at least one of the following subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Human Biology, Maths, Applied Science

Entry requirements:

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility about our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.
BU and you. A match made in clearing.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 524111 or +44 (0)1202 966777.

Waiting for results? Register your interest now

For 2018 entry, please check the detailed entry requirements below.

International entry requirements:

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

Course content

On this course you will usually 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.

Year 1

Core units

  • Archaeological, Anthropological & Forensic Science Study Skills: Scientists must be able to work with a range of field and lab data. This unit will teach you how to perform statistical analysis, create charts, graphs and maps, and write clear and concise reports using appropriate software packages.

  • Archaeological Practice: Essential skills and knowledge for the aspiring archaeologist. You'll understand the interconnectedness of data collected from field situations and recovered from archived sources in an on-going analytical process of refinement and reinvestigation. Completing this unit will help you to understand the context of archaeological data, which will support and enhance aspects of structural, artefactual and palaeo-environmental analysis delivered at all levels in the course.

  • Chemistry: Gain an understanding of aspects and processes in fundamental and analytical chemistry and develop your laboratory skills. The unit will be predominately delivered through lectures and practical laboratory sessions. The laboratory sessions will reinforce theoretical concepts by dealing with experimentally generated data and allow for one-to-one and small group discussions.

  • Cell Biology: The fundamental concepts of biology, including cell structure, function, control and basic molecular biology. You'll learn how cells contribute to disease and the basic experimental techniques used for investigating cells.

  • Studying Ancient Materials: Learn to handle a range of artefacts and other archaeological materials including ceramics, textiles, foodstuffs, glass, metals and building materials. You'll observe and record their characteristics and their importance to the interpretation of people and societies.

  • Introduction to Forensic Investigation: Gain a deeper appreciation of the legal aspects, command structure and operational procedures of UK forensic investigations, as well as an insight into the range of forensic sciences available. You'll gain a theoretical understanding for enhancing practical experience in the recovery of physical evidence.

Year 2

Core units

  • Crime Scene: The legal aspects, command structure and operational procedures of UK crime scene investigations, and an introduction to a range of forensic sciences. You'll gain practical experience in recovering evidence from potential crime scenes.

  • Field & Research Skills: To ensure you gain a practical understanding of the aims, strategies and methods of fieldwork, you will participate in a fieldwork training project. You'll carry out practical tasks such as excavating, processing finds and samples. You will work in groups to solve problems, developing team skills and professional competencies.

  • Forensic Science: The basic scientific and analytical principals underlying the practice of forensic science. You'll be introduced to a range of basic case types and common analytical techniques used in forensic casework.

Option units

Semester 1 (choose one):

  • Archaeological Science: How thematic archaeological research questions may be addressed using archaeological scientific techniques and approaches. You'll develop case study knowledge to promote your understanding of potential applications of archaeological science for investigating the behaviour of past human societies.

  • Forensic Law & Practice: You will critically consider the criminal justice system in England and Wales and engage with common central issues for any major criminal justice system. You'll develop a greater knowledge of criminal procedure. This includes a comprehensive coverage of the whole criminal process, from police investigation through to trial process to appeals and rectifications of miscarriages of justice.

  • Post-excavation Skills: Offering you practical hands-on post-excavation skills, you'll gain an understanding of the planning, management and documentation of post-excavation studies. You'll also gain an appreciation of key concepts and methodological approaches.

  • Biochemistry: Developing your core knowledge from the Cell Biology and Chemistry units, you'll gain an appreciation of systems biology through the introduction of metabolism interconnectivity, and an overview of macromolecules and their metabolism. Topics will include the structure and function of DNA and enzyme structure and kinetics.

Semester 2 (choose one from List A and one from List B)

List A

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS): After completing this unit, you'll be able to select and plan GIS analysis using appropriate software and manipulate this for specific tasks. There's an emphasis on data capture and analysis, and the presentation of data as cartographic maps.

  • Environmental Archaeology: Introducing you to the principles and practice of environmental archaeology and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, this unit offers an overview of site formation processes, the types of environmental evidence encountered in the archaeological record and the appropriate sampling strategies used to recover them. You'll see examples of the interpretation of environmental evidence through archaeological case studies.

  • Bonobos, Bones & Bottlenecks - understanding modern human variation: Lectures and lab work will introduce you to the basic principles of modern human variation and evolutionary theory. You will study the core concepts of heredity, adaptation and variation applied to humans and other primates.

List B

  • Introduction to Toxicology: Explore the basic principles of toxicology. This unit has been designed to offer foundation knowledge for those wishing to study toxicology at higher levels and for those wishing to study subjects peripheral to toxicology or where a basic understanding of toxicology will be relevant.

  • Case studies in Forensic Science: Discover how forensic science has developed and impacted on crime investigation and criminal justice systems by studying and discussing cases from published literature and trial transcripts. You'll learn about the process of case investigation in modern policing, how a lawyer/barrister prepares a case for court and understand the role and responsibilities of the forensic expert and the impact that may have on a legal investigation.

  • Evolutionary Biology: In this broad overview of the factors of species evolution, you will be introduced to selection forces, heredity and Mendelian genetics. You will discuss issues such as adaptation, natural selection and population genetics principles, and apply your critical understanding to issues such as conservation biology.

  • Advanced Cell Biology: Building on the fundamental principles from Year 1, you'll examine the operation of cells and the control, development and modification of cells in multi-cellular organisms. You'll also learn more about stem cell technologies and therapeutic applications, cancer development and cell culture techniques.

  • Advanced Crime Scene: This unit provides details on the legal aspects, command structure and operational procedures of UK scene of crime investigations and provide an introduction to arange of forensic sciences. It will also provide practical experience in the recovery of evidence from potential scenes of crime.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Year 3 (Placement)

You may choose to complete an optional 30-week minimum or a short 5 week industrial work placement. You'll get an opportunity to include a period of academic study during this time. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.

Year 3/4 (Final year)

Core units

  • Advanced Forensic Science: Enhance your knowledge and critical thinking skills for scientific and analytical principals underlying the practice of forensic science. You'll gain in-depth knowledge of key areas of forensic science.

  • Independent Research Project: An opportunity to gain experience of researching a topic of your choice and to show your ability in reporting your research. This experience is considered essential for pursuing academic or professional research at a higher level of responsibility and achievement.

Option units

Semester 1

(choose either Seekers, Believers & Iconoclasts and one unit from either List A or List B or chose one from List A and one from List B).

  • Seekers, Believers & Iconoclasts - Science & Thought: Explore the concept of science as a sociological phenomenon contextualised in a cultural and social analysis, as well as a philosophical and historical one. Science is considered as a social organisation dedicated to the production of knowledge accepted in a corpus of knowledge as conforming to that governing scientific epistemology. This position is contrasted with bodies of knowledge that lie beyond these rules and governance.

List A

  • The Science of Human Remains: Practical lab sessions will allow you to analysis skeletal material of modern humans in archaeological and forensic contexts. You will examine the ways in which disease can inform health status in past societies and how disease, trauma and skeletal pathology can identify individuals in a forensic context.

  • Forensic Toxicology: This unit provides you with knowledge of the complex issues involved with analysing common drugs and poisons in human tissues, and the ways they apply their effects on the body and influence behaviour.

  • Advanced topics in Genetics: You will consider how this modern discipline underpins all aspects of biology. You'll be actively involved in discussions about the ethical issues of genetics and the roles of pharmacogenomics, epigenetics, endophenotypes and optogenetics.

List B

  • Archaeological Management: The practice of conserving and managing the historic environment in the UK will be explored to prepare you for employment in archaeological and conservation organisations. You'll examine the professional environment, legislative background and organisational context of the historic environment sector in the UK.

  • Later Prehistory of Britain: By the end of this unit you'll have a detailed understanding of the archaeology of the later Bronze Age and Iron Age Britain, roughly 1500BC - AD50. You'll develop a broad knowledge of chronological and regional variations within later prehistoric Britain and contribute to the understanding of the development of archaeological theory.

Semester 2 (chose one):

  • Biomolecules: At the end of this unit you'll be conversant with the concepts and approaches of holism compared with reductionism in modern biological sciences. You'll review the principles of biology and modern biotechnologies from molecular levels to systems biology.

  • Forensic Practice: Enhance your knowledge and critical thinking skills for scientific and analytical principals underlying the practice of forensic science. You'll gain in-depth knowledge of key areas of forensic science.

  • Animals & Society: Gain a critical understanding of human interactions with animals in Britain, from the Palaeolithic through to the early Post-medieval period. These interactions include the exploitation of animals for meat and other products and how animals were incorporated into burial practices and other rituals.

  • Roman Britain: An opportunity to explore the practical and theoretical problems associated with the study of material culture and archaeology of a distinct geographical area. You'll develop a solid understanding of the importance of archaeological data for understanding and interpreting historical chronologies.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

Contact hours

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

Learning and teaching activities includes demonstrations both indoor and outdoor in excavation and survey technology, artefact handling and investigation. In your second year you get the chance to conduct fieldwork on a 4 week archaeological dig (the Durotriges Project, or Big Dig). Contact time across the different years varies, ensuring an academic basis for learning prior to practice, and a reflective understanding of the task.

Year 1 – 27% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 264 hours (estimated)
  • Independent learning: 264 hours (estimated)

Year 2 – 34% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 408 hours (estimated)
  • Independent learning: 408 hours (estimated)

Year 3 - 15% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 180 hours (estimated)
  • Independent learning: 180 hours (estimated)

59% of the course is assessed by coursework

  • Year 1: 73%
  • Year 2: 38%
  • Year 3: 67%

Throughout the course you will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, but you will also undertake group work and written exams.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for Archaeological & Forensic Sciences.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Placement opportunities

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. Why not read about some of our students’ experiences?

We will provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement. We have many links to outside agencies and organisations to best support you along your professional development. Our dedicated team of placement officers are there to guide and support you through the placement process and experience.

You can also choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

How long is my placement?

You will begin your placement after completion of your second year of study and you must complete a minimum of 5 weeks, or 30 weeks during your third year of study.

Your application

Background and experience

For this course we are looking for students with:

  • An understanding of what archaeology and forensic sciences 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, and forensic science (e.g. by attending an excavation, visiting museums, entering science competitions, school project work, or relevant volunteer work).

Students on this course will have a lively interest in the application of science in archaeological and forensic contexts, and have an interest in studying human remains. The study and practice of archaeological and forensic sciences involves a variety of skills, including those used in the field, in the laboratory, and based on wide reading so applicants should be happy learning to work in all these areas. We look for innovative thinkers who are interested in understanding the past and present through practical and scientific investigation.

Applicants will have strong analytical problem-solving and communication skills, both written and oral, as archaeological and forensic sciences involves working well as an individual and also as part of a multi-disciplinary team. We seek students with enquiring minds who are comfortable using science, technology and creative thought to apply in their studies and would encourage applicants who are interested in exploring new ideas and concepts and applying knowledge across disciplines.

Selection methods

We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications. You may also be invited to attend an interview. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results may receive an unconditional offer from us. We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. Further information for students applying in 2018 will be available in September.

2017 entry requirements

The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry. 

104 - 120 tariff points including 3 A-Levels including 32 from one required subject , or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.

Excluded subjects: This course does not accept General Studies

GCSEs: A minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including a Science, Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to, GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.

Other qualifications

We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the askBU Enquiry Service. It may be that we can still consider it.

Access Courses: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma (Science) (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3, remainder at level 2 or equivalent).  Any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable (subjects may be specified).

BTEC Qualifications

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires from Distinction, Merit, Merit in a required subject.

  • Diploma: This course requires at least Distinction, Merit in addition to one A-Level in a required subject to acheive the overall tariff.

  • 90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

  • Subsidiary Diploma: This course requires at least a Distinction in addition to two A-Levels in a required subjects to achieve the overall tariff.

A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.

European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 71-75% overall.

International Baccalaureate (Diploma): The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 28-31 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff and include required subjects as appropriate.

Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma plus one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit in a required subject.

Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.

Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.

Deferred Entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

2018 entry requirements

We use the UCAS Tariff to show our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades from your qualifications. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to tariff points.

The entry requirements for this course are 104-120 tariff points including 3 A-levels or equivalent including 32 from one required subject. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

Excluded subjects: General Studies

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including a Science, Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to, GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.

Other qualifications

We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the askBU Enquiry Service. It may be that we can still consider it.

Access courses: 102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.

BTEC qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.
  • 90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent.
  • Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: 104-120 tariff points from 3 principal subjects

Cambridge Technical qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.
  • Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent.
  • Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28-31 points overall including grade H5 from 3 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Advanced Highers: 104-120 tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers including 32 from one required subject.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent.

Extended Project Qualification: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 3 A-levels or equivalent qualifications.

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

International entry requirements

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

Careers

We have an internationally renowned reputation for producing highly skilled practitioners with excellent career opportunities. 90% of graduates from similar archaeological and forensic science courses are either working or studying 6 months after graduation. Many graduates go on to postgraduate study, while others are now working for English Heritage, Historic Scotland and the National Trust, leading commercial units such as the Museum of London Archaeology Services, Oxford Archaeology and Wessex Archaeology, as well as a host of museums and archaeological consultancies.

Industries worked in:

  • Archaeology
  • Historical preservation
  • Archaeological consultancies
  • Local government services
  • Forensic sciences.

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

No hidden extras

Course specific material(s) included in your tuition fee:

  • Lab coats, safety glasses
  • Compulsory/assessed fieldwork

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees including lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services. You will receive more details about these if you are offered a place on the course.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Student section of the website

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance) you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit.  

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Course changes

The table below indicates any changes to the course content.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text
14/6/2016 Change of title of year 2 unit from

Environmental Archaeology and Paleoecology  to Environmental  Archaeology

Course details content

Environmental Archaeology and Paleoecology

What our students say

Amber Williams

Real-world experience has been one of the best things about BU with placements, the Big Dig and access to BU's amazing collection of fossils and artefacts.

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Dr Paul Cheetham

We have our annual excavation at the end of the first year; that's 4 weeks in the field.

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James Livermore

The best thing about the BU is the location, such an array of local important sites making fieldwork meaningful. The equipment is excellent, I was even able to borrow some for my after school club.

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